U.S. Highway 82 East - New Mexico to Lubbock

U.S. 62 & 82 East
For a short time, all of Brownfield's 4 US highway routes overlap through town. The markers along the section omit US 380 in favor of the other three, unfortunately. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 380 leaves Brownfield headed east. Brownfield is trying very hard to diversify its economy away from oil and cotton. The town was among the first in the state to pass the half-cent sales tax hike to fund economic growth. However, population growth remains stagnant. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Now headed north out of town, the three US highways 62/82/385 run through Brownfield's retail strip. Most major fast food restaurants and big box retailers are available here in town, and are located on this stretch of road. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 385 breaks away from US 62 here, finally, and resumes a northern trek through Colorado to meet its parent US 85, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The author wishes very much to turn left here and follow it, but we'll stick to US 62 today. Brownfield is the hometown of WNBA star and Olympic Gold Medalist Sheryl Swoopes. With that, we will bid the town adios. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 62/82 at FM 2066, north of Brownfield. This 9-mile FM road runs through cotton country to the north to meet FM 211. Photo taken 09/23/07.
FM 211 itself meets the US highway just south of Meadow, in Terry County. At 60 miles in length, FM 211 is fairly long for a secondary state highway, and runs eastward all the way to Post and US 84. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 62/82 reassurance markers at Meadow. Photo taken 09/23/07.

A forest of FM signs here in the center of Meadow, along with one of the ubiquitous rural-America pregnancy hotline billboards. Meadow, with about 650 people, is now in it's third location. The town was moved several times to be closer to projected railroad rights of way. At one point in 1908, the post office in Meadow had the distinction of being the furthest from any railroad in the US. In 1917 the railroad was completed through town and assured its survival. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 62/82 along with an FM road overlap north of Meadow. The area here is flat, spread out, and devoid of much human activity for much of the time. The author notes that while this can be refreshing, it can also be scary at the same time. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Another US 62/82 reassurance marker north of Meadow. The road through here runs through cotton fields, and makes a brief pass through the corner of Hockley County. Several small farming settlements and FM roads are passed as well. Photo taken 09/23/07.
As it nears the regional center of Lubbock, US 62/82 passes the suburb of Wolfforth with a freeway bypass. The bypass begins on the southwest side of town and is noted here for the first time with an advance sign for exits ahead. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Advance signage for Loop 193 at Wolfforth, the loop is the old route of the US highway through the center of town. Photo taken 09/23/07.
More signage for Loop 193 and advanced signage for the first exit along the bypass freeway, FM 179. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Turn left here to take the old route through town. Wolfforth was named after two brothers who were early settlers. They had the last name of Wolffarth, but the post office misspelled the name and it's stuck ever since. The town, as a suburb of Lubbock, is experiencing very fast growth and several large, new subdivisions have appeared on the north end of town. Photo taken 09/23/07.
The short section of bypass freeway has begun with this reassurance marker. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 62/82 bypass freeway at FM 179 in Wolfforth. At over 100 miles, FM 179 is extremely long for an FM road. It runs southward into Lamesa and north to near Plainview and IH 27. Photo taken 09/23/07.
A view of the graceful curve in the bypass freeway at Wolfforth. This freeway section is being extended all the way into Lubbock, and will eventually connect to IH 27 north of downtown. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Advance signage for Loop 193. The route of Loop 193 was designated in 1960, when early interstate planning indicated that this stretch of US 62/82 might become IH 27 at some point. When that failed to occur, and the routing of IH 27 south of Lubbock was moved eastward to US 87, the Loop designation remained stale until the bypass freeway was built in 1977. Photo taken 09/23/07.
US 62/82 at Loop 193 on the east side of Wolfforth. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Another look of the bypass freeway on the east side of town, and a reassurance marker. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Immediately after leaving Wolfforth, US 62/82 enters Lubbock. The skyline of the city can be seen far in the distance, as well as the stack under construction at the Loop 289 freeway and the new US 62/82 freeway section. Photo taken 09/23/07.
As Loop 193's traffic enters on to the road here from the right, US 62/82 ceases its short journey as a bypass and briefly becomes another rural highway passing through cotton fields. This area is ripe for spawl, however, and already a new SuperTarget and large new homes are being built along the road. Construction is planned but not funded to connect this short stretch of road as a freeway to the Loop 289 freeway, and the new US 62/82 freeway section. Photo taken 09/23/07.
Looking northeast along US 62/82 before Spur 327. The Spur is a short route to connect to Loop 289 and the east. While not a freeway, Spur 327 can be easily upgraded as it has two fully free-flowing interchanges on each end and a very wide median in the interim. Photo taken 09/23/07.
U.S. 62 & 82 eastbound reassurance markers postead ahead of the three-ramp "Y" interchange with Texas Spur 327 east. Texas Spur 327 provides a direct route onto the outer loop of Texas Loop 289 to Interstate 27 & U.S. 87. Photo taken 01/25/08.
US 62/82 headed northeast at Spur 327. Photo taken 01/25/08.
A large sign indicates this as the future location of the Marsha Sharp freeway. The Sharp Freeway is currently under construction in Lubbock with some portions open. With the new freeway, US 62/82 will get a new routing and the old road will become a business loop. Photo taken 09/23/07.
A lone signalized intersection with Milwaukee Avenue remains between the Texas Spur 328 and Loop 289 interchanges. Milwaukee Avenue spurs north to 50th Street west as sprawling businesses are already lining the north side frontage at U.S. 62 & 82. Photo taken 01/25/08.
Before reaching Loop 289, this sign warns of the upcoming Marsha Sharp Freeway. Photo taken 01/25/08.
Loop 289, marking the beginning of the denser part of Lubbock, is seen ahead at the new stack at US 62/82. Photo taken 01/25/08.
Traffic exiting on to Loop 289 must go to the right here. Motorists wishing to enter Lubbock and the Marsha Sharp freeway can continue straight ahead onto the new flyover structure. Photo taken 01/25/08.
A US 62/82 reassurance marker at Loop 289. Photo taken 01/25/08.
As the freeway begins, advance signage marks the first exit at 34th St / Slide Rd. Photo taken 01/25/08.
View of the new interchange at Loop 289 and US 62/82. The entire interchange was the first portion of the new Marsha Sharp freeway to be constructed, and opened in late 2007. The first land acquisition for the project took place way back in 1996. Photo taken 01/25/08.
The Lubbock skyline can be seen on the right here, as US 62/82 flies over Loop 289 on the far southwest side of town. Photo taken 01/25/08.
As US 62/82 runs into Lubbock, another sign for the exit at 34th street emerges. Photo taken 01/25/08.
All traffic is forced to exit at 34th/Slide, and the mainline is reduced to one lane in each direction. Construction on the mainlanes here continues. Photo taken 01/25/08.
For a new freeway construction project, US 62/82 is very well signed through here, with several sets of reassurance markers on this short stretch. Photo taken 01/25/08.
US 62/82/Marsha Sharp freeway traffic must exit at the 34th Street/Slide Rd. Parts of the Texas Tech campus can be seen in the background. Photo taken 01/25/08.
The good reassurance markers dry up, as US 62/82 continues back on to its old route on the Brownfield Highway. Freeway construction is very evident along the route, and there is plenty of time to look at it as the lights along this road are notoriously long. Photo taken 01/25/08.
This view looks northeastward on the Brownfield Highway towards Texas Tech. Photo taken 01/25/08.
Several miles north, US 62/82 traffic runs onto new frontage road alignments, while more freeway lanes are being constructed in the median. Photo taken 01/25/08.
This view looks northeastward near Quaker Avenue in west Lubbock at a temporary reassurance marker along the new frontage road. Photo taken 01/25/08.
At 19th Street, US 62 and 82 split through town. US 62 continues east along 19th St, while US 82 runs north to 4th St and along the new freeway alignment. Photo taken 01/25/08.

Page Updated February 6, 2008.

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