Texas State Highway Loop 12
|Length:||47.74 mi (76.83 km)|
|Existed:||1939 – present|
| US 75
Loop 12 is a state highway that runs mostly within the city limits of Dallas, Texas. The western segment of the loop is named after General Walton Walker who served and died in South Korea. During the 1950s and 60s, Loop 12 was the outer beltway in the Dallas area, having since been supplanted by Interstate 635, which is itself being supplanted by the President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190). Loop 12 is, however, the only state highway in Dallas that forms a complete loop (Belt Line Road is also a complete loop but is not a state road except for a stretch as part of Farm to Market Road 1382).
Starting in the east at Interstate 30, Loop 12 goes north as Buckner Boulevard, following surface streets past White Rock Lake. Just north of White Rock Lake, it intersects Spur 244 and becomes Northwest Highway to the west; because there is an eastern and a western segment to this part of the road, at certain points the road signs read "East Northwest Highway." It continues west along surface streets over Central Expressway (US 75) and the Dallas North Tollway and moves north of Bachman Lake and Dallas Love Field.
After crossing Interstate 35E, Loop 12 moves south as a freeway, locally known as Walton Walker Boulevard, passing where Texas Stadium once sat at the interchanges with State Highways 114 and 183. The segment between I-35E (Stemmons Freeway) and Spur 408 is the only portion of Loop 12 that is freeway. It is also the only portion that leaves the Dallas city limits, as it runs through the eastern portion of Irving from Texas Stadium south to the Trinity River.
After intersecting Interstate 30 for the second time, Loop 12 continues south, joining surface streets again west of Mountain Creek Lake at Mountain Creek Parkway and Patriot Parkway (or Spur 408, which provides a southwesterly freeway link to I-20). It continues to the southeast, turning east along Ledbetter Drive, just north of Dallas Executive Airport (formerly Red Bird Airport). It continues east, crossing US 67, Interstate 35E for the second time and Interstate 45. At the intersection with US 175 and Murdock Road, Loop 12 turns north again as Buckner Boulevard all the way back to Interstate 30. The portion between I-45 and US 175 is also known as Great Trinity Forest Way as it passes across an undeveloped portion of the Trinity River and the Trinity River Audubon Center.
The entire route is in Dallas County.
|Dallas||I-35E north – Denton||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Spur 348 / Loop 12 east (Northwest Highway)||No northbound entrance|
|Irving||SH 114 – Grapevine, D/FW Airport, University of Dallas|
|Texas Plaza||Northbound exit and entrance|
|SH 183 west – Fort Worth|
|SH 183 east – Dallas||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Union Bower Road|
|SH 356 / Irving Boulevard|
|Shady Grove Road|
|I-30 – Dallas, Fort Worth|
|SH 180 (Davis Street) / Jefferson Boulevard|
|Spur 408 to I-20||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Illinois Avenue, Mountain Creek Parkway||Southbound exit is via Spur 408|
|South end of freeway|
|Spur 303 west (Kiest Boulevard)|
|Ledbetter Road, Cockrell Hill Road||Interchange|
|I-35E – Dallas, Waxahachie||Interchange|
|SH 342 south (Lancaster Road)|
|I-45 – Dallas, Sherman, Houston||Interchange|
|SH 310 (South Central Expressway)||Interchange|
|US 175 (C. F. Hawn Freeway) – Dallas, Kaufman||Interchange|
|SH 352 (Scyene Road)||Interchange|
|I-30 / US 80||Interchange|
|SH 78 (Garland Road)|
|Mockingbird Lane, Peavy Road||Interchange|
|Spur 244 east (East Northwest Highway, Audelia Road northbound)|
|US 75 (North Central Expressway)||Interchange|
|SH 289 north (Preston Road)|
|Dallas North Tollway|
|Lemmon Avenue, Marsh Lane||Interchange|
|Loop 354 (Harry Hines Boulevard)||Interchange|
|Spur 482 (Storey Lane) – Irving||Interchange|
|Spur 482 west / Loop 12 south||Interchange|
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- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Highway Designation File: State Highway Loop No. 12". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 18, 2010.