Interstate 30

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Interstate 30 marker

Interstate 30
Route information
Length: 366.76 mi[1] (590.24 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-20 near Fort Worth, TX
 
East end: I-40 / US 65 / US 67 / US 167 in North Little Rock, AR
Location
States: Texas, Arkansas
Highway system

Interstate 30 (I-30) is a major Interstate Highway in the southern United States. I-30 runs from I-20 west of Fort Worth, Texas, northeast via Dallas, Texas, and Texarkana, Texas, to I-40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The route parallels U.S. Route 67 (US 67) except for the portion west of downtown Dallas (which was once part of I-20).[2] I-30 intersects with only two of the 10 primary north–south Interstates (I-35W, I-35E and I-45) and also with the major Interstate routes I-20, and I-40. I-30 is known as the Tom Landry Freeway within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi[1] km
TX 223.74 360.07
AR 143.02 230.17
Total 366.76 590.24

I-30 is the shortest two-digit Interstate ending in zero in the Interstate system. The Interstates ending in 0 are generally the longest east–west Interstates. It is also the second shortest major Interstate (ending in 0 or 5), behind Interstate 45.[citation needed]

Texas[edit]

Tom Landry Freeway @ Eastchase in Fort Worth, Texas

The section of I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth is designated the Tom Landry Highway in honor of the long-time Dallas Cowboys coach. Though I-30 passed well south of Texas Stadium, the Cowboys' former home, their new stadium in Arlington, Texas is near I-30. However, the freeway designation was made before Arlington voted to build Cowboys Stadium. This section was previously known as the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, which preceded the Interstate System. Although tolls had not been collected for many years, it was still known locally as the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike until receiving its present name.[2] The section from downtown Dallas to Arlington was recently widened to over 16 lanes in some sections, by 2010. From June 15, 2010, through February 6, 2011, this 30-mile (48 km) section of I-30 was temporarily designated as the "Tom Landry Super Bowl Highway" in commemoration of Super Bowl XLV which was played at Cowboys Stadium.[3]

In Dallas, I-30 is known as East R.L. Thornton Freeway between downtown Dallas and the eastern suburb of Mesquite. I-30 picks up the name from I-35E south at the Mixmaster interchange. The Mixmaster is scheduled to be reconstructed as part of the Horseshoe project,[4] derived from the larger Pegasus Project.[5][6] The section from downtown Dallas to Loop 12 is eight lanes plus an HOV lane. This section will be reconstructed under the Eastern Gateway project to 12 lanes by 2020. From Rockwall to a point past Sulphur Springs, I-30 runs concurrent with US 67. I-30 continues northesterly through East Texas until a few miles from the Texas-Oklahoma border, when the route turns east, towards Arkansas.

Arkansas[edit]

Traffic flows down a four-lane Interstate highway underneath a large sign indicating traffic exits
I-30's eastern terminus at I-40 in North Little Rock, AR

I-30 enters southwestern Arkansas in Texarkana which is the twin city of Texarkana, Texas. Here, I-30 intersect I-49; Like in Texas, I-30 travels in a diagonal direction as it proceeds north east through the state. I-30 then passes through Hope which is where former President Bill Clinton was born. I-30 then serves Prescott, Gurdon, Arkadelphia, and Malvern. At Malvern, drivers can use US 70 or US 270 to travel into historic Hot Springs or beyond into Ouachita National Forest. About at this location, US 70 and US 67 join I-30 and stay with the interstate into the Little Rock city limits. Northeast of Malvern, I-30 passes through Benton, before reaching the Little Rock city limits. From Benton to its end at I-40, I-30 is a six-lane highway with up to 85,000 vehicles per day. As I-30 enters Little Rock, I-430 leaves its parent route to create a western bypass of Little Rock. Just south of downtown, I-30 meets the western terminus of I-440 and the northern terminus of another auxiliary route in I-530. I-530 travels 46 miles (74 km) south to Pine Bluff. At this tri-intersection of Interstates, I-30 turns due north for the final few miles of its route. Here I-30 passes through the capitol district of Little Rock. I-30 also creates one final auxiliary route in I-630, or the Wilbur D. Mills Freeway, which splits downtown Little Rock in an east–west direction before coming to its other end at I-430 just west of downtown. After passing I-630, I-30 crosses the Arkansas River into North Little Rock and comes to its eastern terminus, despite facing north, at I-40. At its end, I-30 is joined by US 65, US 67, and US 167. US 65 joins I-40 westbound, while US 67 and US 167 join I-40 eastbound from I-30's eastern terminus.

History[edit]

The Dallas–Fort Worth Turnpike was a 30-mile (48 km) toll highway in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It operated between 1957 and 1977, afterward becoming a nondescript part of I-30. The road, three lanes in each direction but later widened, is the only direct connection between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas, Texas. In October 2001, the former turnpike was named the Tom Landry Highway, after the late Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.[citation needed]

The proposed expressway was studied as early as 1944, but was turned down by the state engineer due to the expense.[citation needed] However in 1953, the state legislature created the Texas Turnpike Authority, which in 1955 raised $58.5 million ($427 million in 2005 dollars) to build the project. Construction started later that year. On August 27, 1957 the highway was open to traffic, but the official opening came a week later on September 5.[citation needed] The turnpike's presence stimulated growth in Arlington and Grand Prairie and facilitated construction of Six Flags Over Texas. On December 31, 1977, the bonds were paid off and the freeway was handed over to the state Department of Transportation, toll collection ceased, and the tollbooths were removed during the following week.[citation needed]

It served as I-20 between Dallas and Fort Worth until the current I-20 route to the south was opened in 1971. Afterwards, I-30 was extended from its end at the "Dallas Mixmaster" interchange with I-35E (also the east end of the turnpike) to follow the turnpike, and the former I-20 in downtown Fort Worth, west to modern-day I-20.

The existing US 67 route was already in heavy use in the early 1950s, at which point it was twinned from just east of Dallas to Rockwall and also near Greenville. The DFW Turnpike linking Fort Worth to Dallas was completed by 1957, becoming the first segment of I-30. The twinned US 67 routes were upgraded to Interstate Highway standards beginning in 1961, forming the R.L. Thornton Freeway. By the mid 1960s, much of I-30 was under construction. The majority of the route was completed by 1965, but a 40-mile (64 km) stretch through marshland between Mount Pleasant, Texas and New Boston, Texas remained unfinished. This remaining segment was finally built and opened to traffic in 1971, completing I-30.[7]

Future[edit]

I-30 could be extended along the US 67 freeway from Little Rock. Also, if I-30 is extended, there are plans for an I-730 spur along Arkansas Highway 226 from the corridor to Jonesboro, Arkansas.[8] However, this conflicts with the Missouri Department of Transportation's plan to extend I-57, which is also planned to use US 67.[citation needed]

Also, a strip of highway stretching from Jonesboro to West Memphis, Arkansas may be planned, with the first few miles out of the road being concurrent with I-55.[original research?]

Exit list[edit]

State County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Texas Parker   0.00 0.00 I-20 west – Weatherford, Abilene I-20 exit 421
Tarrant Fort Worth 1B Linkcrest Drive
2 Spur 580 east
3 RM 2871 / Chapel Creek Boulevard
5A Alemeda Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
5 I-820 Signed as exits 5B (north) and 5C (south) eastbound and 5A (north) and 5B (south) westbound; I-820 exits 3A-B
6 Las Vegas Trail
7A Cherry Lane
7B SH 183 (Alta Mere Drive) / Spur 341 (Lockheed Boulevard)
8A Green Oaks Road No direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 7B)
8B Ridgmar Boulevard / Ridglea Avenue
9A Bryant Irvin Road
9B US 377 south (Camp Bowie Boulevard) / Horne Street West end of US 377 overlap
10 Hulen Street
11 Montgomery Street – Cultural District
12A University Drive – City Parks, TCU, Fort Worth Zoo
12B Rosedale Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
12C Forest Park Boulevard No direct westbound exit (signed at exit 13A)
12B Chisholm Trail Parkway south Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
13A Summit Avenue / 8th Avenue No direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 13), access to Harris Methodist Hospital, Cook Children's Medical Center, Baylor All Saints Medical Center, and Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
13B SH 199 (Henderson Street) No direct eastbound exit (signed at exit 13)
13
15A
Lancaster Avenue / Cherry Street - Convention Center, Downtown Fort Worth Signed as exits 13 eastbound and 15A westbound, access to Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
15 I-35W / US 287 north / US 377 north – Denton, Waco East end of US 377 overlap; signed as exit 15A eastbound and exits 15B (south) and 15C (north) westbound; I-35W exit 51
15B US 287 south / SH 180 east (East Lancaster Avenue) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
16 Riverside Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 16A (south) and 16B (north)
16C Beach Street Signed as exit 16 eastbound
18 Oakland Boulevard / Bridge Street
19 Brentwood Stair Road Eastbound exit and entrance
21A I-820 Signed as exits 21B (north) and 21C (south) westbound; I-820 exit 28
21B Bridgewood Drive Signed as exit 21A westbound
23 Cooks Lane
24 Eastchase Parkway
Arlington 26 Fielder Road
27A Lamar Boulevard / Cooper Street signed as exit 27 westbound, access to Arlington Memorial Hospital
27B FM 157 (Collins Street) / Center Street Signed as exits 28A (Center Street) and 28B (FM 157) westbound
28 Nolan Ryan Expressway / Ballpark Way / Baird Farm Road / AT&T Way Signed as exit 29 westbound
30 SH 360 / Six Flags Drive
Dallas Grand Prairie 32 President George Bush Turnpike / SH 161 Signed as exits 32A (PGBT north) and 32B (PGBT south); SH 161 is at exit 32A eastbound and exit 32B westbound
34 Belt Line Road
36 MacArthur Boulevard
Dallas 38 Loop 12
39 Cockrell Hill Road
41 Westmoreland Road
42 Hampton Road Signed as exits 42A (south) and 42 (north) eastbound
43A Sylvan Avenue No eastbound exit
43B Frontage Road Westbound exit only
44A Beckley Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance, access to Methodist Medical Center of Dallas
44B I-35E south (US 67 / US 77) / Riverfront Boulevard – Waco West end of US 67 overlap; I-35E exits 428A-D
45A I-35E north (US 77) – Denton Signed as exit 44A westbound; I-35E exits 428A-D
45B Lamar Street / Griffin Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
45 Ervay Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
47A Cesar Chavez Boulevard No direct eastbound exit
47B I-45 south / US 75 north – Houston, McKinney Signed as exit 46 eastbound; I-45 exit 284A
47C 2nd Avenue / 1st Avenue – Fair Park Signed as exit 47 eastbound
48A Haskell Avenue / Peak Street / Carroll Avenue Access to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
48B SH 78 (East Grand Avenue) / Barry Avenue / Munger Boulevard – Fair Park
49A SH 78 (East Grand Avenue) / Winslow Avenue – Fair Park
49B Dolphin Road
50A Lawnview Avenue Eastbound exit only
50B Ferguson Road Signed as exit 50 westbound
52A Jim Miller Road
52B St. Francis Avenue
53A Loop 12 (Buckner Boulevard)
53B US 80 east – Terrell Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Mesquite 54 Big Town Boulevard
55 Motley Drive
56A Gus Thomasson Road / Galloway Avenue Signed as exit 57 westbound
56 I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway) Signed as exits 56B (north) and 56C (south); I-635 exit 8
58 Northwest Drive
Garland 59 Belt Line Road / Broadway Boulevard
60A Rosehill Road
60B Bobtown Road No direct westbound exit (signed at exit 61A)
61A Zion Road
61B President George Bush Turnpike
62 Bass Pro Drive
Dallas 64 Dalrock Road
Rockwall Rockwall 67A Village Drive / Horizon Road No direct westbound exit (signed at exit 67)
67B FM 740 (Ridge Road) Signed as exit 67 westbound
67C Frontage Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
68 SH 205 – Rockwall, Terrell
69 Frontage Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
70 FM 3549
Fate 73 FM 551 – Fate
Royse City 74 Frontage Road Eastbound exit only
77A FM 548 – Royse City
77B FM 35 (Epps Road)
Hunt 79 FM 1565 south / FM 2642
  83 FM 1565
  85 FM 36 – Caddo Mills
  87 FM 1903 – Caddo Mills
  89 FM 1570 – Airport
Greenville 92 Monty Stratton Parkway / Sayle Street
93 SH 34 (Wesley Street)
94
US 69 / US 380 (Joe Ramsey Boulevard) / Bus. US 69 (Moulton Street)
Access to Hunt Regional Medical Center
95 Division Street
96 Spur 302
97A Frontage Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
97 Lamar Street
  101 SH 24 / FM 1737 – Commerce, Paris
Campbell 104 FM 513 / FM 2649 – Campbell, Lone Oak
Hopkins Cumby 110 FM 275 / FM 2649 – Cumby
  112 FM 499 No direct eastbound exit
  116 FM 2653 (US 67) – Brashear Gap in US 67 overlap through Brashear
  120
Bus. US 67 north
Sulphur Springs 122 SH 11 / SH 19 (Hillcrest Drive) – Airport
123 FM 2297 (League Street)
124 SH 154 (Broadway Street) to SH 11 – Sulphur Springs
125 Bill Bradford Road
126 FM 1870 (College Street)
127
Bus. US 67 south / Loop 301
  131 FM 69
  135 US 67 north East end of US 67 overlap
  136 FM 269 (Weaver Road)
  141 FM 900 (Saltillo Road)
Franklin   142 County Line Road No direct westbound exit
Mount Vernon 146 SH 37 – Clarksville, Winnsboro
147 Spur 423
  150 Ripley Road
Titus Winfield 153 Spur 185 – Winfield, Millers Cove
  156 Frontage Road
Mount Pleasant 160 US 271 to US 67 / SH 49 / FM 1734 – Mount Pleasant, Paris, Pittsburg
162
Bus. US 271 / FM 1402 / FM 2152 – Mount Pleasant
Signed as exits 162A (Bus. US 271/FM 2152) and 162B (FM 1402) westbound, access to Titus Regional Medical Center
  165 FM 1001
  170 FM 1993
Morris   178 US 259 – De Kalb, Daingerfield
Bowie   186 FM 561
  192 FM 990
  198 SH 98
  199 US 82 – New Boston, De Kalb, Clarksville
New Boston 201 SH 8 – New Boston
  206 Spur 86 – TexAmericas Center
  207 Spur 594 – Red River Army Depot
Hooks 208 FM 560 – Hooks
  212 Spur 74 – TexAmericas Center - East
Leary 213 FM 2253 – Leary
Nash 218 FM 989 (Kings Highway) / FM 2878 (Pleasant Grove Road)
  219 University Avenue / Pecan Street
Texarkana 220A I-369 south / US 59 south to US 71 – Atlanta, Houston, Shreveport West end of US 59 overlap
220B FM 559 (Richmond Road) / Pavilion Parkway
222 SH 93 / FM 1397 (Summerhill Road) Access to Christus St. Michael Health System
Texas
Arkansas
Bowie
Miller
Texarkana 223.74
0.00
360.07
0.00
223 US 59 north / US 71 (State Line Avenue) – Ashdown East end of US 59 overlap
Arkansas Miller Texarkana 1 Jefferson Avenue
2 Four States Fair Parkway Former AR 245
3 I-49 – Houston, Shreveport, Fort Smith Signed as exits 3A (south) and 3B (north) eastbound; I-49 exit 37
7 AR 108 – Mandeville
  12 US 67 – Fulton Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Hempstead   18 Fulton
Hope 30 US 278 – Nashville
31 AR 29 – Hope
  36 AR 299 – Emmet
Nevada Prescott 44 US 371 / AR 24 – Prescott
  46 AR 19 – Prescott
Clark   54 AR 51 – Okolona, Gurdon
  63 AR 53 – Gurdon
  69 AR 26 east – Gum Springs
Arkadelphia 73 AR 8 / AR 51 to AR 26 – Arkadelphia
Caddo Valley 78 AR 7 – Caddo Valley, Arkadelphia, Hot Springs
Hot Spring   83 AR 283 – Friendship
  91 AR 84 – Social Hill
Malvern 97 AR 84 to AR 171
98A US 270 west / US 270B east – Hot Springs, Malvern west end of US 270 overlap; signed as exits 98A (east) and 98B (west)
Rockport 99 US 270 east – Malvern East end of US 270 overlap
Saline   106 Old Military Road (US 67)
  111 US 70 west – Hot Springs West end of US 70 overlap
  114 US 67 south (AR 229 north) – Arkansas Health Center West end of US 67 overlap
Benton 116 Sevier Street / South Street (AR 229 south)
117 AR 5 / AR 35 – Benton
118 Congo Road (AR 5 north)
121 Alcoa Road
Bryant 123 AR 183 – Bryant, Bauxite
Saline
Pulaski
Alexander
Little Rock
126 AR 111 (Alexander Road) – Alexander
Pulaski Little Rock 128 Mabelvale West Road / Otter Creek Road
129 I-430 north – Fort Smith
130 AR 338 (Baseline Road) – Mabelvale
131 McDaniel Drive Westbound exit only
131 Chicot Road Eastbound exit only
132 US 70B east (University Avenue)
133 Geyer Springs Road
134 Scott Hamilton Drive / Stanton Road
135 65th Street
138A I-440 east – Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock River Port, Memphis Signed as exit 138 westbound
138B I-530 south / US 65 south / US 167 south – Pine Bluff, El Dorado West end of US 65/US 167 overlap; signed as exit 138 westbound; I-530 exit 1
139A AR 365 (Roosevelt Road)
139B I-630
140 9th Street / 6th Street Signed as exits 140A (9th Street) and 140B (6th Street) westbound
141A AR 10 (Cantrell Road) / Clinton Avenue
Arkansas River Freeway Bridge[9]
North Little Rock 141B US 70 east (Broadway / US 70B west) East end of US 70 overlap
142 Curtis Sykes Drive
143.02 230.17 143A I-40 west / US 65 north / AR 107 north – Conway, Fort Smith I-30 exit 153B
143.02 230.17 143B I-40 east / US 67 north / US 167 north – Jacksonville, Memphis I-30 exit 153B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business routes[edit]

Interstate 30 Business
Location: Benton, Arkansas
Length: 3.8 mi (6.1 km)
Existed: c. 1960–c. 1975

Interstate 30 Business was a business route in Benton, Arkansas. It ran from exits 116-118 on I-30 from approximately 1960 to 1975, concurrently with U.S. Route 70C.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (December 31, 2013). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2013". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Google (February 15, 2008). "Overview Map of I-30" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (June 10, 2010). "Maybe One of the Few Times We'll Use 'Cotton Bowl' and 'Super Bowl' in Same Sentence". Dallas Observer. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "TxDOT Sets in Motion Much-Anticipated Dallas Horseshoe Project" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ Benning, Tom (November 15, 2012). "Contract OK’d for Horseshoe Project’s Massive Rebuilding of Downtown Dallas Freeways". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Project Pegasus Overview". Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Slotboom, Oscar. "Old Road Maps of Texas, 1942–73". [unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Interstate 30". AARoads' Interstate Guide. Retrieved December 24, 2009. [unreliable source?]
  9. ^ Staff (December 9, 1959). "Minute Order 3514" (PDF). Arskansas State Highway Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2015.  (p. 1544 of PDF)
  10. ^ Archived Tourist Maps (Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department). Accessed July 8, 2011.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing