Loop 20 in Texas
According to Findjobdescriptions, the Loop 20 is a state route and loop in the US state of Texas. The road forms a bypass of the southern city of Laredo, a small portion of which is a freeway, the Bob Bullock Loop. The largest part is a single-storey road, designed as the frontage road of a future freeway. The Loop 20 is 39 kilometers long.
The Loop 20 begins at the World Trade Bridge, which is on the border with Mexico. On the Mexican side, the bypass continues from Nuevo Laredo towards Monterrey. The highway heads northeast across the business park of northern Laredo. Despite being only a few miles long, the highway has impressive flyovers, especially at the Interstate 35 interchange. After I-35, Loop 20 is a freeway for another 4 kilometers, after which it becomes a single-storey urban arterial with traffic lights. The portion along the east side of Laredo is a 2×3 lane road with at-grade intersections. There is no room reservation here. South of Laredo, the road continues south to La Presa, where it ends on the secondary road network.
On April 15, 2000, the World Trade International Bridge opened to traffic on the border with Mexico. This is a toll bridge. At the same time, the highway also opened up to I-35, although the interchange was originally grade separated only to and from San Antonio. Flyovers were realized in 2008 for traffic to and from Laredo. This highway relieves Downtown Laredo of cross-border freight traffic. The World Trade International Bridge is for freight traffic only.
The rest of the ring road was mainly constructed in the mid-1990s as a single-storey road. The northern part was expanded in 2003 with a second carriageway that serves as a future frontage road. In 2011, a new road opened from SH 359 in Laredo to Mangana Hein Road at La Presa. This road has been prepared as a freeway, but the grade separated intersections have not yet been realised. On October 1, 2013, a new interchange opened between Loop 20 and SH 359 , and on February 21, 2014, a short stretch of freeway opened around McPherson Road, just east of I-35. On November 10, 2017, the grade-separated connection and 2 kilometers of main carriageways at International Boulevard were opened. Work began on July 6, 2015 to build a grade-separated junction at Clark Boulevard and 2.5 kilometers of main carriageway. This project opened on November 16, 2017. On January 21, 2020, the main carriageway opened at I-35, effectively 2 kilometers of new freeway up to McPherson Road.
|Border Mexico||I-35||3 km||15-04-2000|
|SH 359||2 km||01-10-2013|
|McPherson Road||International Boulevard||1 km||21-04-2014|
|International Boulevard||1 km||10-11-2017|
|Saunders Street||SH 359||2 km||16-11-2017|
|McPherson Road||2 km||21-01-2020|
Loop 20 is named after Bob Bullock (1929-1999), a Texan politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Texas between 1991 and 1999, under Governor Ann W. Richards and later George W. Bush. Bullock had no special connection to the city of Laredo or South Texas.
The intention is to make the Loop 20 completely grade-separated and turn it into a freeway. Laredo is quite a big city but there is no good ring road. A new bridge over the Rio Grande on the border with Mexico may be realized at Rio Bravo in the future. The Loop 20 can connect to this, so there are two border crossings with Mexico around Laredo.
On February 21, 2014, Loop 20 was established as Future Interstate 69. On August 25, 2014, signs numbered I-69W were installed.
Every day, 36,000 vehicles travel on Loop 20 west of I-35. A large part of this is freight traffic.
The rest of the mostly single-storey Loop 20 has 20,000 to 40,000 vehicles per day.
State Route 247 in California
|Get started||Yucca Valley|
State Route 247 is a state route in the U.S. state of California, located in the Mojave Desert. The road forms a north-south route from Yucca Valley to Barstow and is 126 kilometers long.
State Route 247 begins in Yucca Valley at an intersection with State Route 62. This is an exurban area. The road then heads north through the Mojave Desert. The differences in height are relatively small, but there are mountain ridges in the area. The road leads through desolate terrain at an altitude of approximately 1,000 meters. The only place between the start and end point is the hamlet of Lucerne Valley where one crosses State Route 18. End point Barstow is slightly lower at 700 meters altitude. The last stretch in Barstow is equipped with four lanes. State Route 247 ends here at the junction with Interstate 15, near the interchange with Interstate 40.
State Route 247 is a minor road, but it is the only north-south route through the Mojave Desert for a distance of 200 kilometers. The area around Yucca Valley is somewhat exurban in character, with ranch-style homes set in the desert. The road has had its current number since the major renumbering of 1964.
Every day, 11,000 vehicles travel in Yucca Valley, descending to 2,000 vehicles through the Mojave Desert to Lucerne Valley. The remainder of the route to Barstow has 1,800 vehicles per day, rising rapidly to 13,000 vehicles in Barstow itself.
State Route 253 in California
According to Indexdotcom, State Route 253 is a state route in the U.S. state of California. The road forms a secondary route in Northern California, from Boonville to Ukiah in Mendocino County. The road leads through mountainous area over a 700 meter high mountain pass. There are no places on the route except start and end point. The road is 27 kilometers long, 2,100 vehicles use the road every day.