Interstate 35W (Texas)

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Interstate 35W marker

Interstate 35W
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 85.203 mi[1] (137.121 km)
Existed: 1959 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑35 / I‑35E / US 77 in Hillsboro
  US 67 in Alvarado
I‑20 in Fort Worth
I‑30 in Fort Worth
US 287 in Fort Worth
US 377 in Fort Worth
I‑820 in Fort Worth
US 81 / US 287 in Fort Worth
North end: I‑35 / I‑35E / US 77 in Denton
Location
Counties: Hill, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton
Highway system
I‑35E SH 35

Interstate 35W (abbreviated I-35W), an Interstate Highway, is the western half of Interstate 35 where it splits to serve different cities in Texas. I-35 splits into two branch routes, I-35W and I-35E at Hillsboro. I-35W runs north for 85.20 miles (137.12 km), carrying its own separate sequence of exit numbers. It runs through Fort Worth before rejoining with I-35E to reform I-35 in Denton. It is the more direct route for long-distance expressway traffic, as is noted on signs on I-35 leading into the I-35W/I-35E splits. This is one of two pairs of suffixed Interstates that has not been eliminated; I-35 also splits into I-35W and I-35E in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Historically, other interstates were given directional suffixes. On every other interstate, the directional suffixes were phased out by giving the route a loop or spur designation. In the case of I-35, since both branches return to a unified interstate beyond the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the AASHTO committees allowed the suffixes to remain.

During the 1970s, billboards existed on I-35 encouraging travelers to take the faster and shorter I-35W route.

Route description[edit]

The Fort Worth skyline from I-35W southbound

Interstate 35 splits into two separately named interstate highways just north of Hillsboro, Texas. The routes fork to the northwest and northeast, with Interstate 35W taking the northwest route and Interstate 35E travelling off to the northeast toward Dallas. I-35W travels northwest past the Hillsboro airport through generally rolling farm and ranchlands. It then intersects with US Route 67 on the west side of Alvarado. It continues northwest into the southern edge of Fort Worth. At an intersection with State Highway 174 the route turns due north into greater Fort Worth, passing just west of Fort Worth Spinks Airport. Further north, the road reaches a five level interchange with Interstate 20. The route continues north, reaching downtown Fort Worth. Here it reaches intersections with Interstate 30, U.S. Highway 287, and U.S. Highway 377. I-35W travels north away from downtown concurrent with US 287, next intersecting Interstate 820 just east of Fort Worth Meacham International Airport. Just north of this intersection, US 287 splits to the northwest, along with the southern terminus of U.S. Highway 81. I-35W then gradually shifts to the northeast, passing Fort Worth Alliance Airport and Texas Motor Speedway. It reaches its northern merging point on the southwest side of Denton, merging back together with I-35E to reform Interstate 35, which continues off to the north.

History[edit]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Hill   0.0 0.0 I‑35 south – Waco Southbound exit and northbound entrance
  3.0 4.8 3 FM 2959
  6.9 11.1 7 FM 934
  8.0 12.9 8 FM 66 – Itasca
  12.5 20.1 12 FM 67 – Covington
Johnson Grandview 15.5 24.9 15 FM 916 – Grandview, Maypearl
  16.6 26.7 16 SH 81 south / County Road 201 – Grandview
  17.4 28.0 17 FM 2258
  21.4 34.4 21 County Road 107, Barnsville Road
Alvarado 24.3 39.1 24 I‑35 Bus. north / FM 1706 / FM 3136 – Alvarado
25.9 41.7 26A US 67 – Cleburne, Dallas
26.9 43.3 26B I‑35 Bus. south – Alvarado Southbound exit and northbound entrance
  27.2 43.8 27 CR 604, CR 707
Burleson 30.2 48.6 30 FM 917 – Joshua, Mansfield
31.9 51.3 32 Bethesda Road, Briaroaks Road
34.5 55.5 35 Briaroaks Road, Hidden Creek Parkway Southbound exit and northbound entrance
36.7 59.1 36 Spur 50 / FM 3391 (Renfro Street) to SH 174 south / Hidden Creek Parkway
Tarrant 37.7 60.7 37 SH 174 south (Wilshire Boulevard) – Cleburne No northbound exit
Fort Worth 37.9 61.0 38 Alsbury Boulevard
38.5 62.0 39 FM 1187 (Rendon-Crowley Road) / McAllister Road
40.2 64.7 40 Garden Acres Drive
41.3 66.5 41 Risinger Road
42.2 67.9 42 Everman Parkway
43.3 69.7 43 Sycamore School Road Northbound exit is via exit 42
44.2 71.1 44 Altamesa Boulevard No southbound exit
44.8 72.1 45 I‑20 – Abilene, Dallas Signed as exits 45A (west) and 45B (east)
46A Felix Street Northbound exit is via exit 44
46B Seminary Drive
47 Ripy Street
48A Berry Street – TCU
48B Morningside Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
49A Allen Avenue Southbound exit is via exit 49B
49B
Bus. US 287 (Rosedale Street)
51 I‑30 / US 287 south / US 377 south – Abilene, Dallas South end of US 287/US 377 overlap; signed as exits 51A (west) and 51C (east) northbound
51B SH 180 east (Lancaster Avenue) – Downtown Fort Worth Southbound exit is via exit 51
52A Spur 280 – Downtown Fort Worth
52B US 377 north (Belknap Street) / SH 121 north (Airport Freeway) – DFW Airport North end of US 377 overlap
52C Southbound exit and entrance
52D Pharr Street
52E Carver Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
53 Northside Drive, Yucca Avenue
54A SH 183 (Northeast 28th Street) Signed as exits 54A (east) and 54B (west) northbound
54B Papurt Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
54C 33rd Street, Long Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
56A Meacham Boulevard – Meacham International Airport
56B Melody Hills Drive Northbound exit and southbound entrance
57 I‑820 (Northeast Loop) Signed as exits 57A (east) and 57B (west)
58 Western Center Boulevard
59 Basswood Boulevard
60 US 81 north / US 287 north – Decatur North end of US 287 overlap
62 North Tarrant Parkway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
63 Heritage Trace Parkway
64 FM 1709 (Golden Triangle Boulevard), Keller-Hicks Road
65 SH 170 east (Alliance Gateway Freeway)
66 Westport Parkway – Alliance Airport
Denton 67 Alliance Boulevard – Alliance Airport
68 Eagle Parkway – Alliance Airport
70 SH 114 – Dallas, Bridgeport, Texas Motor Speedway
72 Dale Earnhardt Way – Texas Motor Speedway
Northlake 74 FM 1171 – Flower Mound, Lewisville
Corral City 76 FM 407 – Argyle, Justin
Argyle 79 Crawford Road, Robson Ranch Road
Denton 82 FM 2449 – Ponder
84 FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
85A I‑35E south – Dallas Northbound exit and southbound entrance
85B West Oak Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
85.2 137.1 I‑35 north – Oklahoma City Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing