U.S. Route 87

U.S. Route 87 marker

U.S. Route 87
Route information
Length: 1,998 mi[1] (3,215 km)
Existed: 1926[1] - present
Major junctions
South end: in Port Lavaca, TX
 
North end: at Havre, MT
Location
States: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Highway system
Raton, New Mexico, as it appears from U.S. Route 87, which becomes Interstate 25
Route 87 as it approaches Big Spring, Texas, from the south. The Veterans Administration Hospital is shown in the background.
Route 87 in background, looking north from Loma, Montana.

U.S. Highway 87 is a north-south United States highway (though it is signed east-west in New Mexico) that runs for 1,998 miles (3,215 km) from northern Montana to southern Texas. Most of the portion from Billings, Montana, to Raton, New Mexico, is co-signed along Interstates 90 and 25. It is also co-signed along the majority of Interstate 27 in Texas.

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is Havre, Montana, at U.S. Highway 2. Its southern terminus is Port Lavaca, Texas.

Route description

Texas

New Mexico

US 87 continues in a northwesterly direction in New Mexico, and is signed by NMDOT primarily as an east-west route. It merges with US 64 (and thus the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway) in Clayton, shortly after entering New Mexico. It continues to the northwest until Des Moines, when it takes a more westerly approach to Raton. In Raton, it separates from US 64 and merges with Interstate 25 and US-85, with which it remains concurrent through Raton Pass and into Colorado, though it is unsigned on much of the concurrency.

Colorado

US 87 remains concurrent with Interstate 25 throughout the states of Colorado and Wyoming, of which is a rare occurrence for a US highway to have a concurrency with an Interstate in its entirety within state boundaries. For more on this section of US 87, see Interstate 25 in Colorado.

Wyoming

US 87 remains concurrent with Interstate 25 northward until its terminus with Interstate 90. It then follows I-90 west to exit 44 where it runs up to Sheridan. A portion of US-87 has been washed out for several years along this stretch and "temporary" detour signs are posted directing US-87 traffic along Wyoming Highway 193 through Story. In Sheridan US-87 rejoins Interstate 90 into Montana.

Montana

US 87 remains concurrent with Interstate 90 westward until Billings, where it breaks off and heads north. Between Crow Agency and Billings, US 87 and I-90 are merged with US 212. It intersects with (and briefly merges with) US 12 in Roundup and continues north with a slight bend to the northwest until, at Grass Range it takes a sharp turn to the west at an intersection with Montana State Highway 200. US 87 remains concurrent with Montana State Highway 200 until Great Falls. In Lewistown, it merges with US 191 and remains heading generally west. Some ten miles (16 km) out of Lewistown, it breaks with US 191 and merges with Montana State Highway 3, heading generally northwest and merging briefly with US 89 before breaking with all three in Great Falls. US 87 heads northeast then east to Fort Benton and then generally northeast to its terminus with US 2 about two miles (3 km) west of Havre.

History

U.S. Route 185 was formed in 1926, and extended from US 85 in Cheyenne north to Orin. It became part of a southern extension and realignment of US 87 in 1936.

Major intersections

Texas
in Port Lavaca
/ in Victoria
in Victoria
in Cuero. The highways travel concurrently to southwest of Cuero.
in San Antonio
/ in San Antonio. I-10/US 87 travels concurrently to Comfort. US 87/US 90 travels concurrently through San Antonio.
/ in San Antonio
/ in San Antonio. I-35/US 87 travels concurrently through San Antonio.
on the Balcones Heights-San Antonio city line
in Fredericksburg. The highways travel concurrently through Fredericksburg.
northwest of Mason. The highways travel concurrently to Brady.
in Brady. The highways travel concurrently to Brady.
northwest of Brady
in Eden
in San Angelo. The highways travel concurrently through San Angelo.
/ in San Angelo
in Big Spring
south of Los Ybanez. The highways travel concurrently to Lamesa.
in Tahoka
in Lubbock. The highways travel concurrently to south of Kress.
in Lubbock
in Lubbock
in Lubbock
in Plainview
north-northwest of Tulia. The highways travel concurrently to south-southeast of Happy.
in Canyon. The highways travel concurrently to Amarillo.
north of Canyon. The highways travel concurrently to Amarillo.
/ / in Amarillo. US 87/US 287 travels concurrently through Amarillo.
in Amarillo
in Amarillo. The highways travel concurrently to Dumas.
in Hartley. The highways travel concurrently to Dalhart.
in Dalhart
New Mexico
/ / in Clayton. US 64/US 87 travels concurrently to Raton.
/ / in Raton. I-25/US 87 travels concurrently to southeast of Glenrock, Wyoming. US 85/US 87 travels concurrently to Fountain, Colorado.
Colorado
in Trinidad. The highways travel concurrently to Walsenburg.
in Pueblo. The highways travel concurrently through Pueblo.
in Colorado Springs. The highways travel concurrently through Colorado Springs.
in Colorado Springs
in Colorado Springs. The highways travel concurrently to Castle Rock.
in Denver
in Denver
in Denver. The highways travel concurrently through Denver.
in Denver. The highways travel concurrently through Denver.
/ in Denver
/ / in Denver
southeast of Twin Lakes
/ on the Twin Lakes-Sherrelwood-Welby line
in Loveland
Wyoming
south-southwest of Cheyenne
southwest of Cheyenne
in Cheyenne. The highways travel concurrently to Ranchettes.
west-southwest of Dwyer Junction. The highways travel concurrently to the Casper-Hartrandt city line.
/ in Orin. US 20/US 87 travels concurrently to the Casper-Hartrandt city line.
in Casper. The highways travel concurrently to north-northeast of Buffalo.
in Buffalo
/ north-northeast of Buffalo. I-90/US 87 travels concurrently to Lockwood.
in Sheridan. The highways travel concurrently to northeast of Ranchester.
Montana
in Crow Agency. The highways travel concurrently to Lockwood.
in Lockwood
north of Klein. The highways travel concurrently to Roundup.
in Lewistown. The highways travel concurrently to west-northwest of Moore.
south-southeast of Armington. The highways travel concurrently to Great Falls.
northeast of Herron

See also

Related routes

Bannered and suffixed routes

References

  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 02:55, 4 July 2006 (UTC).

External links

Browse numbered routes
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