Texas State Highway 360

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State Highway 360
Angus G. Wynne, Jr. Freeway
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length 27.997 mi[1] (45.057 km)
Existed 1955 – present
Major junctions
South end US 67 in Venus (proposed)
US 287 in Mansfield
 

I-20 in Arlington
I-30 in Arlington

SH 183 / Int'l Pkwy in Fort Worth
North end SH 121 at Grapevine
Highway system
SH 359SH 361

State Highway 360 or SH 360 is a 28.00-mile (45.06 km) north–south state highway in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in the U.S. state of Texas.

Route description[edit]

SH 360 begins as a two-lane road at its southern terminus at US 287 in Mansfield, near the Ellis-Johnson county line. North of its intersection with US 287, SH 360 expands into a pair of free two-lane frontage roads with a four-lane toll road, which continues north for another nine miles. In southwest Grand Prairie, SH 360 becomes a toll-free freeway at an intersection with Sublett Road/Camp Wisdom Road.

Highway 360 near the intersection of Highway Spur 303

From there, the freeway proceeds north through Arlington near its boundary with Grand Prairie, where it SH 360 interchanges with Interstate 20 and then meets Interstate 30. However, SH 360 and Interstate 30 are not directly connected. As a legacy of the original toll road design of Interstate 30 (formerly the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike), the highways connect only indirectly using long access roads that cross surface streets at lighted intersections.[2][3]

From Interstate 30, SH 360 then continues north beyond Arlington, interchanging with State Highway 183 near Euless. From the SH 183 interchange, the freeway continues north-northwest through Euless and into Grapevine, following the western boundary of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. SH 360 terminates at its northern end with an interchange with State Highway 121 in Grapevine.

History[edit]

SH 360 was designated on November 30, 1955, from SH 183 south to US 80 (now SH 180). On July 25, 1960, SH 360 extended south to Spur 303. On July 30, 1965, SH 360 extended south to I-20. On June 10, 1966, SH 360 was extended south to US 287. On May 6, 1969, SH 360 was extended north from SH 183 to SH 121. On August 26, 1969, SH 360 was extended south to US 67, completing its current route. SH 360 was constructed in different stages over the course of several decades. For the most part, each section's frontage roads were built first, handling all of the traffic years before the actual freeway portion was completed (or even begun). Similarly, the interchanges at Interstate 20, Interstate 30, and Highway 183 were in place long before the freeway lanes were completed.

The indirect interchange between SH 360 and Interstate 30 is a holdover from when that freeway was tolled. In order to direct traffic through toll booths, the interchange was designed so that any traffic moving from one freeway to the other was routed through one common, bi-directional ramp. This was a cost-saving measure as it required fewer toll booths. The toll booths were removed in 1977, but the complex access road system remained.

South of SH 183, SH 360 was previously known as Watson Road.[4] The segment through Arlington is also officially designated as the "Angus G. Wynne Freeway" (after the founder of Six Flags); however, neither the official designation nor the older Watson Road name are locally used, and the road is generally called "360".

Future[edit]

SH 360 / Interstate 30 interchange[edit]

The interchange between SH 360 and Interstate 30 in Arlington has become a major bottleneck, compounded by the fact that it intersects with surface streets, and is near major tourist attractions including Six Flags Over Texas and AT&T Stadium.[2] In November 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that it would be conducting an environmental study on a potential $200 million rebuild of the interchange. The rebuild would offer direct connections between SH 360 and Interstate 30 for the first time.[2] In March 2015, TxDOT approved spending $254 million on the stack interchange project, which will also include improvements to nearby Six Flags Drive.[3] Ground broke on March 2, 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020 at the cost of $233 million.[5]

Toll SH 360 South freeway construction[edit]

The southernmost 9.7-mile (15.6 km) segment of SH 360, from south of Interstate 20 in Arlington to US 287 in Mansfield, was built between 1994 and 2003 as a pair of separated frontage roads, with space reserved between them for main freeway lanes to be added to meet future traffic needs.[6][7] As traffic along the corridor has grown, the SH 360 frontage lanes became increasingly congested. Local and state leaders investigated building out southern SH 360 as a freeway between the existing frontage roads, a project that became known as "360 South".[6][7][7]

On January 25, 2013, TxDOT and the North Texas Tollway Authority approved a deal to build out the 360 South freeway as a toll road, with TxDOT performing the design and construction and the NTTA managing the completed freeway as part of its tollway system.[8] A ceremonial groundbreaking for construction of the 360 South toll road was held on October 21, 2015.[7] The first phase of the project, which will create two grade-separated toll lanes in each direction, will cost $330 million.[7] In the future, the toll road may be expanded to four lanes in each direction.[7]

360 Tollway (Rosa Parks/ Senator Chris Harris Memorial Parkway)[edit]

On May 11, 2018, 360 Tollway opened to drivers and became NTTA's newest toll road. The 9.7-mile toll road has two names: the northern segment from Camp Wisdom/Sublett to Walnut Creek is called Rosa Parks Memorial Highway in memory of the civil rights figure; from Walnut Creek to US Highway 287 is named Senator Chris Harris Memorial Highway after the local legislator who worked for the extension of the state highway.[9]

Proposed extension to Venus[edit]

The NTTA's future plans for SH 360 include a further 5.5-mile (8.9 km) extension of the toll road, which would run from the current SH 360 southern terminus in Mansfield to US 67 in Venus.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

CountyLocationmi[10]kmDestinationsNotes
EllisMansfield0.00.0 US 287 – Midlothian, Mansfield
1.72.7Lone Star RoadInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
Tarrant2.43.9Heritage ParkwayInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
2.94.7Broad Street / Holland RoadInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
Grand Prairie5.08.0Debbie Lane / Ragland RoadInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
6.410.3New York AvenueInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
7.612.2Webb Lynn Road / Lynn Creek ParkwayInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
8.413.5Camp Wisdom Road / Sublett RoadInterchange opened on May 11, 2018[11]
9.615.4Green Oaks Boulevard Southeast / Kingswood Boulevardinterchange
Arlington10.6–
10.9
17.1–
17.5
I-20 – Fort Worth, DallasI-20 exit 453; stack interchange
11.819.0Mayfield Road
12.720.4Arkansas Lane
13.020.9 Spur 303 (Pioneer Parkway)
14.122.7Park Row Drive
14.823.8Abram Streetno direct southbound exit (signed at SH 180)
15.224.5 SH 180 (Division Street) / Randol Mill Road / Former US 80
16.326.2 I-30 / Six Flags DriveI-30 exit 30; no direct southbound exit (signed at Avenue H / Lamar Boulevard)
16.626.7Avenue H / Lamar Boulevard / Avenue J
ArlingtonGrand Prairie line17.428.0Avenue K / Brown Boulevard / Fountain Parkway / Burney Road / Avenue J
Grand Prairie18.229.3Green Oaks Boulevard / Carrier Parkway / Fountain Parkway / Burney Road
18.830.3Post and Paddock Road
19.631.5Riverside Parkway
Fort Worth21.033.8 Trinity Boulevard / FAA RoadAccess to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station
21.835.1Amon Carter Boulevard - D/FW Airport (International Parkway)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
22.035.4 SH 183 – Fort Worth, Dallas
22.836.7American BoulevardSouthbound exit only
Euless23.037.0Harwood Road / Midway Drive
24.0–
24.4
38.6–
39.3
Mid-Cities Boulevard
EulessGrapevine line25.140.4Glade Road
Grapevine25.641.2Euless-Grapevine Road
27.143.6 SH 121 south / Stone Myers ParkwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
27.944.9 SH 121 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 360". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Dickson, Gordon (November 29, 2014). "I-30/Texas 360 interchange in Arlington may be rebuilt". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Jinkins, Shirley (March 10, 2015). "State approves $254 million for I-30/Texas 360 interchange rebuild". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ Google (March 8, 2008). "overview map of SH 360" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ Formby, Brandon (March 2, 2016). "Hate I-30 and SH 360's alleged interchange? Get ready for a $233 million fix". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "360 South Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). www.drive360south.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Ciesco, Tim (October 21, 2015). "Tarrant County Leaders Break Ground on New Texas 360 Toll Lanes". www.nbcdfw.com. KXAS-TV. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Update: Deal reached to build Texas 360 toll road in Arlington, Mansfield". Honkin' Mad Blog. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 25, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/05/10/debut-360-tollway-makes-south-arlington-grand-prairie-mansfield-connected-ever
  10. ^ Google (September 23, 2013). "SH 360" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g https://twitter.com/CityOfArlington/status/994976131047739393

External links[edit]

Media related to Texas State Highway 360 at Wikimedia Commons