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Interstate 35W (abbreviated I-35W), an Interstate Highway, is the western half of Interstate 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-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.

Interstate 35W marker

Interstate 35W
I-35W highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length85.203 mi[1] (137.121 km)
Existed1959–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
Location
CountiesHill, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton
Highway system
I-35ESH 35

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. I-35 also splits into I-35E and I-35W in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota.

During the 1970s, billboards existed on I-35 encouraging travelers to take the faster and shorter I-35W route.

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Route descriptionEdit

 
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.

HistoryEdit

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

FutureEdit

In May 2014, construction began to build 2 laned express lanes from the US-287/SH-280 interchange to North Tarrant Parkway. On August 2018, construction was completed.

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Hill0.00.0  I-35 south – WacoI-35W south and I-35E merge into I-35
0.40.64370   US 77 north / Spur 579 – HillsboroSouthbound exit only; exit number based on I-35 mileage
0.50.80  I-35E north – DallasNorthbound entrance only; I-35E exit 370B
3.04.83   FM 2959 – Airport
6.911.17  FM 934
8.012.98  FM 66 – Itasca
12.520.112  FM 67 – Covington
JohnsonGrandview15.524.915  FM 916 – Grandview, Maypearl
16.626.716  SH 81 south / County Road 201 – Grandview
17.428.017  FM 2258
21.434.421County Road 107
Alvarado24.339.124    BL I-35 north / FM 1706 / FM 3136 – Alvarado
25.941.726A  US 67 – Cleburne, Dallas
26.943.326B  BL I-35 south – AlvaradoFormer southbound exit; now northbound entrance only
27.243.827County Road 707 / County Road 604
Burleson30.248.630  FM 917 – Joshua, Mansfield
31.951.332Bethesda Road
34.555.535Briaroaks Road / Hidden Creek Parkwayno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 32)
36.759.136  FM 3391 (Renfro Street) / Hidden Creek Parkwayformer Spur 50
Tarrant37.760.737  SH 174 south (Wilshire Boulevard) – CleburneNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 36)
37.961.038Alsbury Boulevard / McAlister Road
Fort Worth38.562.039   FM 1187 (Rendon-Crowley Road) / McAlister RoadAccess to Huguley Memorial Medical Center
40.264.740Garden Acres Drive
41.366.541Risinger Road
42.267.942Everman Parkway
43.369.743Sycamore School Roadno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 42)
44.271.144Altamesa BoulevardNo direct southbound exit
44.872.145  I-20 – Abilene, DallasSigned as exits 45A (west) and 45B (east); I-20 exit 437
45.673.446AFelix Streetno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 44)
46.074.046BSeminary Drive
47.075.647Ripy Street
47.676.648ABerry Street – TCU
48.678.248BMorningside Driveno direct northbound exit
48.878.549AAllen Avenueno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 49B)
49.479.549B   
   Bus. US 287 (Rosedale Street)
Access to John Peter Smith Hospital
50.381.051     I-30 / US 287 south / US 377 south / SH 180 east (Lancaster Avenue) – Abilene, Dallas, Downtown Fort WorthSouth 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
51.482.752A   Spur 280 – Downtown Fort WorthAccess to Fort Worth Central Station
52.083.752B   US 377 north (Belknap Street) / SH 121 north – D/FW AirportNorth end of US 377 overlap
52.284.052C  Spur 347 west (Belknap Street)no direct northbound exit
52.384.252DPharr Street
52.684.752ECarver AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
53.185.553Northside Drive / Yucca Avenue
54.086.954A  SH 183 (Northeast 28th Street)Signed as exits 54A (east) and 54B (west) northbound
54.988.454BPapurt StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
54.687.954C33rd Street / Long AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
55.589.356AMeacham Boulevard
56.691.156BMelody Hills DriveFormer interchange (northbound exit only)
56.490.856B     I-820 Express east to SH 26 / SH 121 / SH 183 – DFW AirportSigned as exit 57C southbound
57.292.157  I-820Signed as exits 57A (east) and 57B (west); I-820 exit 16
58.393.858Western Center Boulevard
58.994.859Basswood Boulevard
60.096.660A   US 81 north / US 287 north – Decatur, Wichita FallsNorth end of US 287 overlap; no northbound entrance
61.198.361North Tarrant Parkwayno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 63)
61.999.663Heritage Trace Parkway
63.7102.564  Golden Triangle Boulevard / Keller-Hicks RoadAccess to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
65.3105.165  SH 170 east
66.3106.766Westport Parkway
TarrantDenton
county line
67.3108.367Alliance Boulevard
Denton68.4110.168Eagle Parkway
Fort WorthNorthlake line70.4113.370   SH 114 – Dallas, Bridgeport, Airport
71.2114.672Dale Earnhardt Way
Northlake73.8118.874  FM 1171 – Flower Mound, Lewisville
Argyle76.6123.376  FM 407 – Argyle, Justin
ArgyleDenton line78.9127.079Crawford Road / Robson Ranch Road
Denton82.0132.082  FM 2449 – Ponder
84.8136.584   FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) – AirportNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
85.0136.885A  I-35E south – DallasNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; I-35E exit 467
85.1137.085B  West Oak StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance, access to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
85.2137.1  I-35 north – Oklahoma CityI-35 exit 467; I-35W north and I-35E merge into I-35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File - Interstate Highway No. 35W". Retrieved 2010-10-1.
  2. ^ "Highway Overview Map of Interstate 35W". Google Maps. Retrieved November 18, 2015.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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