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Belt Line Road is a loop road that traverses 92 miles (148 km) through 16 cities in Dallas County, Texas. Belt Line Road is the outer complete loop which encircles Dallas, in contrast with I-635 which forms a partial inner loop, Loop 12 which forms a complete inner loop, and President George Bush Turnpike (SH 190), a partial outer loop.

Belt Line Road
Route information
Length92.2 mi[1] (148.4 km)
Component
highways
FM 1382 from DeSoto to Grand Prairie
Major junctions
Beltway around Dallas, Texas
  I-20 in Grand Prairie
I-30 in Grand Prairie
I-635 in Coppell
Pres. George Bush Turnpike in Carrollton
I-35E in Carrollton
Dallas North Tollway in Addison
I-20 in Lawson
I-45 in Wilmer
I-35E in DeSoto
Highway system

Belt Line Road is not designated as a Texas State Loop, but as a local street in each jurisdiction through which it passes. One stretch of the road is designated as FM 1382 and is maintained by the state.

No portion of Belt Line Road is a controlled access freeway.

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Route descriptionEdit

In addition to entering the city limits of Dallas for multiple stretches of the road, Belt Line Road also travels through the municipalities of Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, Irving, Coppell, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Balch Springs, Wilmer, Lancaster, and DeSoto.

DiscontinuitiesEdit

Belt Line Road is not a straightforward and continuous loop. As one follows the entire course of Belt Line Road, there are several discontinuities and name variations. Starting in the southwest corner of the loop road, the following deviations and turns are noted:

  1. At Coppell, to follow Belt Line one must make a right turn at a 4-way intersection with Southwestern Boulevard and Denton Tap Road. Likewise, when proceeding to this intersection from the opposite direction, to follow the course of Belt Line Road one must make a left turn.
  2. In Richardson, a portion of Belt Line Road is named Main Street from Central Expressway (US 75) to Bowser Road. After Bowser Road, Main Street becomes Belt Line again.
  3. In Garland, Belt Line Road becomes First Street from Buckingham Road until the junction of First Street and Broadway Blvd, where the course of Belt Line follows Broadway Blvd. After crossing I-30 in south Garland, where Broadway becomes Belt Line again.
  4. In central Mesquite, shortly after crossing US 80, a short segment of Belt Line is called "Bryan-Belt Line Road"
  5. In south Mesquite, Belt Line Road makes a left turn at a T intersection with Lake June Rd, where Belt Line proceeds southeast towards Balch Springs. Likewise, when proceeding to this T intersection from Balch Springs, to follow the course of Belt Line Road one must make a right turn.
  6. From I-35E in DeSoto, Belt Line Road is also called FM 1382. However, in Cedar Hill, the name "Belt Line" is temporarily lost as FM 1382 starts to head northwest (the name instead follows the original routing of Belt Line Road, some of which was submerged with the creation of Joe Pool Lake). After passing west of Joe Wilson Road, follow the course of FM 1382.
  7. At I-20 in Grand Prairie, the name "Belt Line" re-appears with FM 1382. FM 1382 is continued as part of Belt Line Road until it reaches SH 180-Main Street.
  8. At Jefferson St/SH 180-Main St in central Grand Prairie, until 2009 southbound Belt Line Road followed 8th Street while northbound Belt Line Road followed 9th Street through the middle of Grand Prairie. (9th Street was not originally part of Belt Line; it was added when 8th Street was made one way to alleviate congestion.) A new overpass was opened at this intersection to bypass the wait at the Union Pacific crossing and is a two-way street; however, 8th Street and 9th Street remain a paired coupling to serve local businesses.

Farm to Market Road 1382Edit

 

Farm to Market Road 1382
LocationDeSotoGrand Prairie
Length18.969 mi[2] (30.528 km)
Existed1949[2]–present

FM 1382 is a state highway in Texas that runs from I-35E in DeSoto to SH 180 in Grand Prairie. Most of the highway is part of Belt Line Road, becoming its own route through Cedar Hill around Joe Pool Lake. FM 1382 was designated in 1949 from US 80 (now SH 180) southward 4.8 miles to a road intersection. In 1954, FM 1382 extended southeast 6 miles to a county road near Cedar Hill. In 1958, FM 1382 extended 1.7 miles to Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill. In 1972, FM 1382 extended east to IH 35E, replacing FM 1381[3] which started in DeSoto 2.2 miles west of IH-35E. In 1995, FM 1382 became an Urban Road.[4]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Dallas County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Cedar Hill0.00.0  FM 1382 south / Penn Branch ParkwayCedar Hill State Park; FM 1382 continues south
Grand Prairie3.86.1  I-20Exit 457 on I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway)
6.610.6  Spur 303 (Pioneer Parkway) to Mountain Creek Lake Bridge
9.114.6  SH 180 (Main Street) / Jefferson RoadGrade-separated interchange; northern terminus of FM 1382
10.016.1  I-30Exit 34 on I-30 (Tom Landry Freeway)
Irving15.424.8   SH 183 (Airport Freeway) / SH 356 east (Irving Boulevard) – Dallas, Fort WorthInterchange with SH 183
18.329.5   Pres. George Bush Turnpike north / SH 161 southTolled northbound
20.232.5  SH 114John W. Carpenter Freeway
CoppellIrving line21.434.4  I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway)Exit 635 on I-635
Carrollton27.343.9  Pres. George Bush Turnpike / Luna RoadTolled turnpike in both directions
28.145.2   I-35E / US 77 – Dallas, DentonExit 443B on I-35E / US 77 (Stemmons Freeway)
DallasAddison line33.353.6  Dallas North TollwayVia Dallas Parkway
Dallas34.355.2  SH 289 (Preston Road)
Richardson38.562.0  US 75 (Central Expressway)Exit 24 on US 75
Garland45.072.4Crist Road1st Street designation begins
46.574.8  SH 78 north (Lavon Drive) – Sachse, WylieNorthern terminus of SH 78 concurrency
46.775.2   SH 66 east / SH 78 south (Avenue D)Southern terminus of SH 78 concurrency; western terminus of SH 66
48.277.61st Street southBroadway Bouevard designation begins
52.284.0  I-30 (US 67)Exit 59 on I-30
GarlandMesquite line52.885.0Broadway Boulevard designation ends
Mesquite55.689.5  US 80
57.392.2  SH 352 west (Main Street)One-way westbound
57.492.4  SH 352 east (Davis Street)One-way eastbound
DallasBalch Springs line62.199.9  I-20Exit 482 on I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway)
Dallas64.6104.0  US 175 (C.F. Hawn Freeway)
Wilmer73.1117.6  I-45 – Dallas, EnnisExit 270 on I-45
Lancaster77.8125.2  SH 342 (Dallas Avenue)
DeSotoLancaster line81.8131.6  I-35E (US 77)Southern terminus of FM 1382; exit 414 on I-35E (R.L. Thornton Freeway)
Cedar Hill88.4142.3  FM 1382 northFM 1382 continues north, fills gap of Belt Line Road route
89.1143.4  US 67J. Elmer Weaver Freeway
92.2148.4Cedar Hill State ParkRoad dead-ends
Gap in route, loop closed via FM 1382
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Google (June 8, 2019). "Belt Line Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 1382". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 1381". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Urban Road No. 1382". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 21, 2017.