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 near 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
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.


Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Hill   0.0 0.0 I-35 south – Waco
  3.0 4.8 3 FM 2959 – Airport
  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
Alvarado 24.3 39.1 24 BL I-35 north / FM 1706 / FM 3136 – Alvarado
25.9 41.7 26A US 67 – Cleburne, Dallas
26.9 43.3 26B BL I-35 south – Alvarado former southbound exit; now northbound entrance only
  27.2 43.8 27 County Road 707 / County Road 604
Burleson 30.2 48.6 30 FM 917 – Joshua, Mansfield
31.9 51.3 32 Bethesda Road
34.5 55.5 35 Briaroaks Road / Hidden Creek Parkway no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 32)
36.7 59.1 36 FM 3391 (Renfro Street) / Hidden Creek Parkway former Spur 50
Tarrant 37.7 60.7 37 SH 174 south (Wilshire Boulevard) – Cleburne No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 36)
37.9 61.0 38 Alsbury Boulevard / McAlister Road
Fort Worth 38.5 62.0 39 FM 1187 (Rendon-Crowley Road) / McAlister Road Access to Huguley Memorial Medical Center
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 no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 42)
44.2 71.1 44 Altamesa Boulevard No direct southbound exit
44.8 72.1 45 I-20 – Abilene, Dallas Signed as exits 45A (west) and 45B (east); I-20 exit 437
46A Felix Street no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 44)
46B Seminary Drive
47 Ripy Street
48A Berry Street – TCU
48B Morningside Drive no direct northbound exit
49A Allen Avenue no direct southbound exit (signed at exit 49B)
Bus. US 287 (Rosedale Street)
Access to John Peter Smith Hospital
51 I-30 / US 287 south / US 377 south / SH 180 east (Lancaster Avenue) – Abilene, Dallas, Downtown Fort Worth South end of US 287 / US 377 overlap; signed as exits 51A (I-30 west / US 377 south), 51B (SH 180 east), and 51C (I-30 east) northbound; no access from I-35W north to US 287 south or US 287 north to I-35E south; I-30 exit 15
52A Spur 280 – Downtown Fort Worth Access to Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
52B US 377 north (Belknap Street) / SH 121 north – D/FW Airport North end of US 377 overlap
52C Spur 347 west (Belknap Street) no direct northbound exit
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
56B Melody Hills Drive former interchange (northbound exit only)

I-820 Express east to SH 26 / SH 121 / SH 183 – DFW Airport
signed as exit 56B northbound and 57C southbound
57 I-820 Signed as exits 57A (east) and 57B (west); I-820 exit 16
58 Western Center Boulevard
59 Basswood Boulevard
60 US 81 north / US 287 north – Decatur North end of US 287 overlap; no northbound entrance
61 North Tarrant Parkway no direct southbound exit (signed at exit 63)
63 Heritage Trace Parkway
64 Golden Triangle Boulevard / Keller-Hicks Road Access to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
65 SH 170 east
66 Westport Parkway
Denton 67 Alliance Boulevard
68 Eagle Parkway
Northlake / Fort Worth 70 SH 114 – Dallas, Bridgeport, Airport
72 Dale Earnhardt Way
Northlake 74 FM 1171 – Flower Mound, Lewisville
Argyle 76 FM 407 – Argyle, Justin
79 Crawford Road / Robson Ranch Road
Denton 82 FM 2449 – Ponder
84 FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) – Airport Northbound exit and southbound entrance
85A I-35E south – Dallas Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-35E exit 467
85B West Oak Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance, access to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
85.2 137.1 I-35 north – Oklahoma City
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google