Remaining within Texas for its entire length, Interstate 27 connects the cities of Lubbock and Amarillo in the panhandle. Bisecting Hub City between Texas Loop 289, a limited access beltway, IH 27 extends the U.S. 87 freeway north from Lubbock County to Downtown, where it curves eastward along side Mac Kenzie State Park. A volleyball interchange joins IH 27 with Loop 289 on the north side of the city as the freeway departs for Lubbuck International Airport (LBB) and the town of New Deal.
Interstate 27 & U.S. 87 reach the city of Abernathy on the Hale County line. The freeway briefly transitions to an urban design, dipping below the Main Street overpass east of Downtown. Leaving town, IH 27 shifts one mile westward before bee lining northward to the city of Hale Center. There freeway again shifts to an urban setting, with a drop below Cleveland Avenue near the city center. The below grade sections of IH 27 at both Abernathy and Hale Center will close during periods of heavy rain.
Beyond Hale Center, Interstate 27 & U.S. 87 angle northeast across agricultural areas to Furguson, where a Business Loop separates eastward to the city of Plainview. The interstate mainline circumvents the west side of the city to Columbia Street, where Business Loop IH 27 returns. Northward from there, IH 27 travels a rural route by Kress, Tulia and Happy, where U.S. 87 branches west to Canyon.
U.S. 87 combines with U.S. 60 at Canyon onto an expressway leading north to Interstate 27. Construction of IH 27 directly overlaid the former four-lane route of U.S. 60 & 87 heading toward Amarillo. Within Amarillo, the freeway turns easterly ahead of the Potter County line before swinging back north to end at Interstate 40, opposite U.S. 287 and the dual couplets of U.S. 60 & 87 through Downtown.
High Priority Corridor
Interstate 27 is part of High Priority Corridor 38: Ports to Plains Corridor.
Parallel U.S. Routes
The freeway follows U.S. 87 for its entire length, with U.S. 87 cosigned for a portion of the way. U.S. 60 overlaps with IH 27 as well from Canyon north to Amarillo, while U.S. 84 parallels it through Lubbock.
Long standing rumors indicate that Interstate 27 may someday be extended from Lubbock south to Interstate 20 in the vicinity of Midland-Odessa, and possibly further south to San Angelo and ultimately to Interstate 10 and a border crossing with Mexico. A feasibility study was conducted in 2000 involving the Port-to-Plains High Priority Corridor 38, though upgrades were mostly done to U.S. 87 in place of building new stretches of freeway.
The Ports to Plains Alliance sought a new feasibility study for extending Interstate 27 south in 2015. Having gained the support of San Angelo Mayor Dwain Morrison, the potential study needs endorsement from the county before the Texas Department of Transportation can move forward with it.3
North End – Amarillo, TX
South End – Lubbock, TX
Mileage – 124.13
Branches – 0
Cities – Lubbock, Canyon, Tulia, Amarillo
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2016 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
Many portions of IH 27 were designated directly over previously four-laned sections of U.S. 87.
Outside Lubbock, the last portion of Interstate 27 open to traffic was the easterly bypass of U.S. 87 between Happy and Canyon.
In Texas, Interstate 27 is not an original Interstate highway, but it was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on December 12, 1968. Approval by the Texas State Highway Commission followed on February 1, 1969. The last segment of Interstate 27 (from 19th Street to 54th Street in Lubbock) was completed and opened to traffic on September 3, 1992.1,2
The turbine interchange where Interstates 27 and 40 meet south of Downtown Amarillo was reconfigured during a $33 million, three-year project completed in 2001.
North End – Amarillo, Texas
South End / 82nd Street – Lubbock, Texas
- “From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Development of the Interstate Highway System in Texas.”
http://tti.tamu.edu/interstate_anniversary/white_paper/by Penny Beaumont, Rhonda Brinkmann, David Ellis, Chris Pourteau, and Brandon V. Webb, Texas Transportation Institute, page 29.
- Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
- “San Angelo Leaders Approve TxDOT I-27 Interstate Feasibility Study.” SanAngeloLive.com. July 31, 2015.
Page updated April 6, 2017.