Interstate 35E (Texas)

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Interstate 35E

Stemmons Freeway
I-35E highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length96.76 mi[1] (155.72 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-35 / I-35W / US 77 in Hillsboro
Major intersections
North end I-35 / I-35W in Denton
CountryUnited States
CountiesHill, Ellis, Dallas, Denton
Highway system
I-35 I-35W

Interstate 35E (I-35E[a]), an Interstate Highway, is the eastern half of I-35, where it splits to serve the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. I-35 splits into two branch routes, I-35W and I-35E, at Hillsboro. I-35E travels north 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.

During the early years of the Interstate Highway System, branching Interstates with directional suffixes, such as N, S, E, and W, were common nationwide. On every other Interstate nationwide, these directional suffixes have been phased out by redesignating the suffixed route numbers with a loop or spur route number 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 in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, since neither branch is clearly the main route and both branches return to a unified Interstate beyond the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, officials at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have allowed the suffixes of E and W in Texas to remain in the present day. I-35 also splits into I-35E and I-35W in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota, for similar reasons as the I-35 split in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Additionally, Minnesota's I-35E also continues the I-35 exit numbers and mileposts like the Texas version does.

I-35E in Lewisville looking north from SH 121 in the early 2010s

Route description

Concurrent routes

U.S. Highway 67

I-35E travels concurrently with U.S. Highway 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 unsigned.

U.S. Highway 77

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 one 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 (SH 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) and the portion from I-635 to the split in Denton, US 77 is unsigned.

From the Dallas–Ellis county line to Denton

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 8 to 10 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,[3] derived from the larger Pegasus Project.[4][5] 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.

I-35E interchange with State Highway Spur 366 (Spur 366)
I-35E in Denton


I-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 1960s.

When first designated, I-35W and I-35E were the only "suffixed" highways in Texas. Subsequently, I-69W, I-69E, and I-69C have been designated.

Exit list

Exit numbers and mileposts increase numerically from the south end, continuing the numbers used on I-35.

I-35 south – Waco
I-35E south and I-35W merge into I-35
US 77 north / Spur 579 – Hillsboro
Southbound exit only
I-35W north – Fort Worth
Southbound exit only
Carl's Corner373.6601.3374 FM 2959 – Carl's Corner
376.9606.6377 FM 934
EllisMilford380.7612.7381 FM 566 (Milford Road)
384.7619.1384Derrs Chapel Road
Italy386.2621.5386 SH 34 – Italy, Ennis
Forreston390.8628.9391 FM 329 (Forreston Road)
Waxahachie397.7640.0397 US 77 – Waxahachie
398.6641.5399 FM 66 / FM 876 / FM 1446Signed as exits 399A (FM 66/FM 876) and 399B (FM 1446) southbound
400.4644.4401ABrookside Road
Bus. US 287 / FM 664 – Waxahachie
402.6647.9403 US 287 – Corsicana, Fort WorthAccess to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Waxahachie
404.3650.7404Lofland Road
405.4652.4405 FM 387
406.5654.2406Sterrett Road
Red Oak408.0656.6408
US 77 south / SH 342 – Red Oak
South end of US 77 overlap
409.6659.2410ARed Oak Road
410.6660.8410B FM 664 (Ovilla Road)
DallasLancasterGlenn Heights line412.0663.0412Bear Creek Road
LancasterDeSoto line413.7665.8413Parkerville Road
414.2666.6414 FM 1382 (Belt Line Road)
415.2668.2415Pleasant Run Road
416.1669.6416Wintergreen Road
Dallas tripoint
417.1671.3417Danieldale Road / Wheatland Road
Dallas418.2673.0418 I-20 – Fort Worth, ShreveportSigned as exits 418A (west) and 418B (east); I-20 exit 467
419.8675.6419Camp Wisdom Road
420.5676.7420Laureland Road
421.2677.9421 Loop 12 / Ann Arbor AvenueSigned as exits 421A (east) and 421B (west)
422.5679.9422ABeckley Avenue / Overton RoadNo direct southbound exit (signed at Kiest Boulevard)
422.8680.4422BKiest Boulevard
US 67 south – Cleburne
South end of US 67 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance

US 67 south
Access for reversible HOV lane only; southbound exit and northbound right entrance
423.6681.7423BSaner AvenueNo direct southbound entrance (signed via Kiest Boulevard)
424.0682.4424 Illinois AvenueAccess to Illinois Station
425.2684.3425AZang Boulevard / Beckley Avenue
425.7685.1425BBeckley Avenue / 12th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
425.8685.3425CMarsalis Avenue
426.3686.1426AEwing AvenueNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 425C)
SH 180 west (8th Street)
426.7686.7426CJefferson BoulevardSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
427.3687.7426C (NB)
427A (SB)
Colorado BoulevardAccess to Methodist Medical Center of Dallas
427.6688.2427C (NB)
428B (SB)
Riverfront Boulevard, Cadiz Street
427.7688.3428A (SB)
427A (NB)

I-30 east (US 67 north) / Griffin Street – Texarkana, Downtown Dallas
North end of US 67 overlap; I-30 exits 45A-46A
427.9688.6428CReunion Boulevard, Commerce Street; Commerce Street is former US 80 bus/former US 80Signed as exit 428 northbound
428.0688.8428B (SB)
427B (NB)

I-30 west – Fort Worth
I-30 exits 45A-46A
428.9690.2428 (NB)
429A (SB)

To I-45 / US 75 (via Spur 366) / Singleton Boulevard – Houston, McKinney
Access from I-35E south to Singleton Boulevard
429.0690.4429BContinental Avenue, Commerce Street west
429.7691.5429CVictory Avenue / Hi Line DriveNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 430A)
429.9691.9429D Dallas North TollwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
430.2692.3430AOak Lawn Avenue
430.6693.0430B Market Center BoulevardAccess to Market Center Station
430.6693.0430CWycliff AvenueNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 430B)
431.3694.1431Medical District DrivePreviously Motor Street
431.9695.1432A Inwood RoadAccess to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children's Medical Center
432.8696.5432BCommonwealth Drive (SH 356)
SH 183 to SH 114 – Irving, DFW Airport
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
433.3697.3433B Mockingbird Lane – Dallas Love Field Airport
434.1698.6434AEmpire Central
434.8699.7434BRegal Row
435.5700.9435 Harry Hines BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance, access to Bachman Station
436.6702.6436A Loop 12 / Spur 348 (Northwest Highway) – Irving, DFW AirportSigned as exits 436A (south) and 436B (east) southbound

I-35E Express to I-635 Express east
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; south end of Express Lanes
437.8704.6437Mañana RoadNorthbound exit only
Loop 12 south
Southbound exit and northbound entrance for Express lanes only
438.3705.4438 Walnut Hill LaneAccess to Walnut Hill / Denton Station
Walnut Hill LaneSouthbound exit and northbound entrance for Express lanes only
439.4707.1439 Royal LaneAccess to Royal Lane Station
439.9708.0440AForest LaneNorthbound exit only
I-635 / I-635 Express east
Includes free access from Express Lanes; I-635 exits 27A-B-C
I-635 west – DFW Airport
Signed as exits 440B (east) and 440C (west); I-635 exits 27B-C
Farmers Branch440.8709.4441 Valley View LaneAccess to Farmers Branch Station
441.8711.0442Valwood Parkway
Carrollton442.9712.8443ACrosby RoadNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 443B)
443.1713.1443B Belt Line RoadAccess to Downtown Carrollton Station
443.9714.4443CFrontage RoadFormer northbound exit only
444.5715.4444 Whitlock Lane / Sandy Lake RoadAccess to Trinity Mills Station
445.4716.8445A SH 190 / Dickerson ParkwaySouthbound exit via exit 446
445.5717.0445B Pres. George Bush Turnpike
Denton445.9717.6446 Frankford RoadAccess to North Carrollton/Frankford Station
Lewisville447.4720.0447A Sam Rayburn Tollway – Airport
447.6720.3447B SH 121
448.2721.3448 FM 3040 (Round Grove Road) / Hebron ParkwayAccess to Hebron Station
449.6723.6449Corporate Drive
Bus. SH 121
451.5726.6451Fox Avenue
451.9727.3452 FM 1171 (Main Street)Access to Medical City Lewisville
452.7728.6453Valley Ridge Boulevard
453.5729.8454A FM 407 (Justin Road) / Lake Park Road
LewisvilleHighland Village line454.9732.1454B Garden Ridge BoulevardAccess to Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station
Hickory Creek457.2735.8457Lake Dallas Drive
Lake Dallas457.5736.3I-35E ExpressSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; north end of Express Lanes
Lake DallasCorinth line457.7736.6458
FM 2181 west / Swisher Road
Signed as exit 458A northbound; access to Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge
Corinth458.4737.7458BQuail Run DriveNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
459.2739.0459Frontage Road
460.3740.8460Corinth Parkway
461.4742.6461Post Oak Drive / Lakeview Boulevard
Denton462.6744.5462 FM 2499 (State School Road) / Mayhill Road / Buc-ee's Boulevard / Brinker RoadAccess to Denton Regional Medical Center and Medpark Station
462.9745.0463 Loop 288 / Lillian Miller ParkwayAccess to Medpark Station
US 77 north – Denton
North end of US 77 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
464.9748.2Pennsylvania DriveFormer southbound exit only
465.1748.5465A FM 2181 (Teasley Lane)
465.7749.5465B US 377 (Fort Worth Drive)
466.6750.9466AMcCormick Street
467.0751.6466BNorth Texas Boulevard
I-35W south / FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) / Airport Road – Fort Worth
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-35W exit 85A, access to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
I-35 north – Oklahoma City
I-35E north and I-35W merge into I-35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

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

See also


  1. ^ "Route Log - Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Highway Designations Glossary". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (November 15, 2012). "TxDOT Sets in Motion Much-Anticipated Dallas Horseshoe Project (press release)". Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Project Pegasus Overview". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "Highway Overview Map of Interstate 35E". Google Maps. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  1. ^ Some sources use "IH-35E", as "IH" is an abbreviation used by the Texas Department of Transportation for Interstate Highways.[2]

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