Interstate 35E (Texas)

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Interstate 35E marker

Interstate 35E
Stemmons Freeway
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 96.76 mi[1] (155.72 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-35 / I-35W / US 77 in Hillsboro
  US 287 in Waxahachie
I-20 in Dallas
I-30 / US 67 in Dallas
I-635 in Dallas
North end: I-35 / I-35W / US 77 in Denton
Highway system
I-35 I-35W

Interstate 35E (I-35E), an Interstate Highway, is the eastern half of I-35 where it splits to serve different cities in the U.S. state of Texas. I-35 splits into two branch routes, I-35W and I-35E at Hillsboro. I-35E travels northward for 97 miles (156 km), maintaining I-35's sequence of exit numbers. It travels through Dallas before rejoining with I-35W to reform I-35 in Denton. 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 (such as I-270 in Maryland, which was once I-70S), or in some cases were assigned a different route number (such as I-76, which was once I-80S). In the case of I-35, since both branches return to a unified interstate beyond the twin cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the AASHTO committees allowed the suffixes to remain.

The speed limit is 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) on both I-35E and I-35W only in Hill County, and 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) or lower elsewhere.

IH-35E in Lewisville looking north from State Highway 121

Route description[edit]

Concurrent routes[edit]

U.S. Highway 67[edit]

Interstate 35E travels concurrently with U.S. Route 67 (US 67) from just north of Kiest Boulevard in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas to the I-30 interchange in downtown Dallas. From there, US 67 joins with I-30. On both segments, US 67 is signed.

U.S. Highway 77[edit]

From Waco, Texas to El Dorado, Kansas, I-35 (or I-35E) typically runs concurrent with, or lies fairly close to, US 77. This highway travels parallel to I-35E after splitting off of I-35 north of Hillsboro, running through Italy and Milford. It joins with I-35E for less than 1 mile (1.6 km) just south of Waxahachie, before splitting back off to run through Waxahachie. It rejoins the interstate just north of a junction with State Highway 342 in Red Oak. US 77 stays with the interstate through Dallas and up to the southeastern section of Denton. It then breaks off, rejoining I-35 north of the city. Except for the spur sections (Denton and the section between Red Oak and Hillsboro), US 77 is unsigned.

From the Dallas–Ellis county line to Denton[edit]

I-35E with Renaissance Dallas Hotel at 2222 Stemmons Freeway in the background

From the Dallas–Ellis County line to downtown Dallas, I-35E is called South R.L. Thornton Freeway and varies from eight to ten lanes plus HOV. The section from I-20 to Downtown Dallas will be undergoing a major reconstruction by 2015 to 12 lanes. Reconstruction of I-35E and the downtown Mixmaster interchange with I-30 is planned as part of the Horseshoe project,[2] derived from the larger Pegasus Project.[3][4] From this point, I-35E is named the Stemmons Freeway to Lewisville. This section will undergo reconstruction in three phases. The first, a widening of I-35E from I-635 to Denton, will start in late 2011 to over 16 lanes. The second, the LBJ Project, will include elevated toll I-35E lanes by 2016. Last is the major reconstruction of Stemmons Freeway (I-35E) from downtown Dallas to I-635 to over 20 lanes by 2020.[citation needed]


Interstate 35E replaced most of US 77 between Hillsboro and Denton. US 77 is unsigned along the route, with the exception of the highway that runs through WaxahachieRed Oak and Denton. I-35E was completed in the early 60s.


A major construction project is underway on I-35E from I-635 to US 380. The main focus is to ease traffic flow along the corridor, which is heavily congested, especially near Lewisville Lake. The project includes extending the HOV lanes further north from the Sam Rayburn Tollway/SH 121 interchange. Part of this project included the pedestrian bridge from the main campus of the University of North Texas to Apogee Stadium, which opened in October 2012. The project is slated to be complete by May 2017.[5]

The Horseshoe Project is also underway, which will replace the outdated "Canyon" interchange with I-30 and build a new bridge over the Trinity River. The project is expected to be completed in late-2016 to early-2017.[6][7]

I-35E is also part of the LBJ Express. The section of freeway from Loop 12 to Valwood Parkway is being rebuilt as the old interchange with I-635 is being replaced.[8]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Hill   I-35 south – Waco Southbound exit and northbound entrance
  370B I-35W north – Fort Worth Southbound exit only
Carl's Corner 374 FM 2959 – Carl's Corner
  377 FM 934
Ellis   381 FM 566 (Milford Road)
  384 Derrs Chapel Road
Italy 386 SH 34 – Italy, Ennis
  391 FM 329 (Forreston Road)
Waxahachie 397 US 77 north – Waxahachie North end of US 77 overlap
399 FM 66 / FM 876 / FM 1446 Signed as exits 399A (FM 66/FM 876) and 399B (FM 1446) southbound
401A Brookside Road
Bus. US 287 / FM 664 – Waxahachie
403 US 287 – Corsicana, Fort Worth
404 Lofland Road
405 FM 387
406 Sterrett Road
Red Oak 408 US 77 south / SH 342 – Red Oak South end of US 77 overlap
410A Red Oak Road
410B FM 664 (Ovilla Road)
Dallas Glenn Heights 412 Bear Creek Road
De Soto-Lancaster city line 413 Parkerville Road
414 FM 1382 (Belt Line Road)
415 Pleasant Run Road
416 Wintergreen Road
Dallas 417-418C Danieldale Road, Wheatland Road
418 I-20 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway) – Fort Worth, Shreveport Signed as exits 418A (west) and 418B (east)
419 Camp Wisdom Road
420 Laureland Road
421 Loop 12 (Ledbetter Road) / Ann Arbor Avenue Signed as exits 421A (east) and 421B (west)
422A Beckley Avenue, Overton Road
422B Kiest Boulevard
423A US 67 south (Marvin D. Love Freeway) – Cleburne South end of US 67 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
423B Saner Avenue No southbound entrance
424 Illinois Avenue
425A Zang Boulevard, Beckley Avenue
425B Beckley Avenue, 12th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
425C Marsalis Avenue
426A Ewing Avenue Northbound exit is via exit 425C
426B SH 180 west (8th Street)
426C Jefferson Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance
427A Colorado Boulevard
427C To I-30 west / Cadiz Street, Industrial Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
428A I-30 east (East R.L. Thornton Freeway) / US 67 north – Texarkana North end of US 67 overlap
428B Riverfront Boulevard Southbound exit only
428C Commerce Street, Reunion Boulevard Northbound exit only
428D I-30 west (Tom Landry Freeway) – Fort Worth Southbound exit and northbound entrance
429A Spur 366 east (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) to I-45 / US 75 / Singleton Boulevard, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge – McKinney, Houston Only the southbound exit serves Singleton Boulevard/Hill Bridge
429B Continental Avenue, Commerce Street west
429C Victory Avenue, Hi Line Drive Southbound exit is via exit 430A
429D Dallas North Tollway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
430A Oak Lawn Avenue
430B Market Center Boulevard
430C Wycliff Avenue Northbound exit is via exit 430B
431 Medical District Drive Previously Motor Street
432A Inwood Road
432B Commonwealth Drive
433A SH 183 west (John W. Carpenter Freeway) to SH 114 – Irving, DFW Airport Northbound exit and southbound entrance
433B Mockingbird Lane – Dallas Love Field Airport
434A Empire Central
434B Regal Row
435 Harry Hines Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
436 Loop 12 to Spur 348 (Northwest Highway) – Irving, DFW Airport
437 Manana Road Northbound exit only
438 Walnut Hill Lane
439 Royal Lane
440A Forest Lane Northbound exit only
440BC I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway) – DFW Airport Signed as exits 440B (east) and 440C (west)
Farmers Branch 441 Valley View Lane
442 Valwood Parkway
Carrollton 443A Crosby Road Northbound exit is via exit 443B
443B Belt Line Road
443C Frontage Road Northbound exit only
444 Whitlock Lane, Sandy Lake Road
445 President George Bush Turnpike Signed as exits 445A (south) and 445B (east) southbound
Denton 446 Frankford Road
Lewisville 447A SH 121 (Sam Rayburn Tollway) / SH 121 (toll) – Fort Worth, McKinney Northbound exit and southbound entrance
447B Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
448A SH 121 (toll) (Sam Rayburn Tollway) – Grapevine, McKinney Southbound exit and northbound entrance
448B FM 3040 (Round Grove Road, Hebron Parkway)
449 Corporate Drive
Bus. SH 121 – Lewisville
451 Fox Avenue
452 FM 1171 (Main Street) – Flower Mound
453 Valley Ridge Boulevard
454A FM 407 (Justin Road) – Justin
454B Garden Ridge Boulevard
Hickory Creek 457 Lake Dallas Drive – Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek Northbound exit is signed as Lake Dallas Drive; southbound exit is signed as Lake Dallas/Hickory Creek
Hickory CreekCorinth city line 458 FM 2181 (Swisher Road) / Hundley Drive Signed as exit 457B northbound
Corinth 459 Frontage Road
460 Corinth Parkway
461 Shady Shores Road, Post Oak Drive
Denton 462 State School Road, Mayhill Road
463 Loop 288 – McKinney Truck route for US 380 east
464 US 77 north – Denton North end of US 77 overlap; no southbound exit
464 Pennsylvania Drive Southbound exit only
465A FM 2181 (Teasley Lane)
465B US 377 (Fort Worth Drive)
466A McCormick Street
466B North Texas Boulevard – University of North Texas
467 I-35W south / FM 1515 (Airport Road) / Bonnie Brae Street – Fort Worth Northbound exit and southbound entrance
I-35 north – Oklahoma City Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

  • Interstate 635, while technically a spur of I-35, only intersects I-35E and neither I-35 nor I-35W.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Route Log - Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (November 15, 2012). "TxDOT Sets in Motion Much-Anticipated Dallas Horseshoe Project (press release)". Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Project Pegasus Overview". Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interstate 35E Project Tracker". TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Horseshoe Project". TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Horseshoe Project Overview". TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "LBJ Express Tracker". TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing