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Interstate 635
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Length: 35 mi (56.5 km)
Formed: 1 October 1959[1]
North end: SH 121 near DFW
Major
junctions:
I-35E in Dallas
US 75 in Dallas
I-30 in Mesquite
US 80 in Mesquite
South end: I-20 in Balch Springs
Highways in Texas
< I-610 I-820 >
InterstateU.S.T.X. (LoopsSpursRecFM)
Interstate 635 signage on the Dallas North Tollway frontage road. Galleria Dallas can be seen in the background.

Interstate 635 or the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway (abbreviated I-635 or locally, LBJ) is a partial loop around Dallas, Texas (USA) between Interstate 20 in Balch Springs, Texas and State Highway 121 at the north entrance of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. The route is approximately 35 miles (56 km) long. It intersects Interstate 35E at Exits 27 B-C, and does not connect with Interstate 35W.

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History

Interstate 635 was originally designated by the Texas Department of Transportation in 1959 as a loop around the eastern side of Dallas, connecting with I-35E to the northwest and southwest sides of the city. It was known locally as the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, or "LBJ" (named after the president). The section from Interstate 35E to U.S. Highway 75 (Central Expressway) was one of the busiest stretches of road in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, at virtually all hours of the day and night. It was a 10-mile (16 km) section and opened to motorists in January 1969, from US 75 to Barnes Bridge in Mesquite. The highway was extended westward to Interstate 35E northwest of Dallas, opening in February 1970. The designation was shortened in 1971 when Interstate 20 was rerouted south of Dallas, taking over 13 miles (21 km) of I-635's former route.[2] The connecting section of I-20 from the west was not completed until 1978, at which time the western portion of I-635 was briefly concurrent with I-20 between the southern intersection with I-35 and US 80. When the outlet for I-20 from southeast of Dallas to Terrell was completed, the I-635 designation was truncated from I-35E to its intersection with I-20 . An additional westward expansion (to the north entrance of DFW Airport) was designated in 1974 and opened in the 1980s.

The High Five construction project (so called because it is five levels and rises almost 200 feet (60 m) above the lowest level), a rebuild of the interchange of I-635 and US 75, was opened for traffic in February 2006. This interchange carries over 500,000 vehicles per day and was built as the largest interchange in the state of Texas to handle this vehicle load.

A multi-billion dollar project is being proposed to widen I-635 and dig subsequent HOT lane tunnels beneath the primary roadway from I-35E to the High Five Interchange. The project is among several billion dollar plus projects in the planning phase in and around downtown Dallas (along with the rebuild of the I-35E & I-30 "Mixmaster" and the new Trinity Parkway).

Route description

Interstate 635 begins at an intersection with Interstate 20 in southeast Dallas, and travels northward through Balch Springs into Mesquite, where intersects US Route 80 and Interstate 30. The route then turns to the northwest, continuing near the border between Dallas and Garland. 6 miles (9.7 km) later is takes a general westward turn as it intersects US Route 75 at the High Five Interchange. The route continues west, intersecting the Dallas North Tollway and its original terminus, Interstate 35E in Farmers Branch. The route then continues to the northwest, intersecting the President George Bush Turnpike in Irving before arriving at its final terminus at State Highway 121 at the north entrance to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Exit list

County Location # Destinations Notes
Dallas Balch Springs I-20 west – Fort Worth Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1C I-20 east – Tyler, Shreveport Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1A Seagoville Road
1B Elam Road
2 Lake June Road
Mesquite 3 West Cartwright Road, Bruton Road
4 SH 352 (Scyene Road, Military Parkway)
5 Gross Road
6 US 80Dallas, Terrell Signed as exits 6A (west) and 6B (east)
7A Town Centre Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
7B Town East Boulevard Signed as exit 7 northbound
8 I-30 (US 67) – Dallas, Texarkana Signed as exits 8A (west) and 8B (east)
9A Oates Drive, Galloway Avenue
9B La Prada Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Dallas 11A Centerville Road, Ferguson Road
11B Northwest Highway, Shiloh Road
12 SH 78 (Garland Road) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
13 Jupiter Road, Kingsley Road
14 Plano Road, Church Road
15 Miller Road, Royal Lane
16 Skillman Street, Audelia Road
17 Forest Lane, Abrams Road
18A SH 5 (Greenville Avenue)
18B TI Boulevard Eastbound exit only
19A US 75 (Central Expressway) – Dallas, McKinney
19B Coit Road
20A Park Central Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
20B Hillcrest Road Signed as exit 20 eastbound
21 SH 289 (Preston Road)
22A Montfort Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
22B Dallas Parkway, Inwood Road Eastbound exit is via exit 22D
22C-D Dallas North Tollway.png Dallas North Tollway Signed as exits 22C (north) and 22D (south)
23 Midway Road, Welch Road
24 Marsh Lane
25 Webb Chapel Road
26 Josey Lane Westbound exit is via exit 25
27A Denton Drive, Harry Hines Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
27B-C I-35E (Stemmons Freeway) – Denton, Dallas Signed as exits 27B (north) and 27C (south), left lane exit
Farmers Branch 28 Luna Road
Irving 29 Valley View Lane Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
29 President George Bush Turnpike Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed as exits 29A (south) and 29B (north)
30 President George Bush Turnpike south Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
31 MacArthur Boulevard
31B Olympus Boulevard Eastbound exit is via exit 31
33 Belt Line Road
34 Freeport Parkway
Coppell 35 Royal Lane
Tarrant Grapevine 36A SH 121 south – DFW Airport Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
36B SH 121 north / Bass Pro Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance

References

  1. ^ Oglesby, Scott. 3-digit Interstates from I-35. Kurumi. URL accessed 23 February 2005.
  2. ^ http://www.dot.state.tx.us/tpp/hwy/ih/ih0635.htm TxDOT Highway Designation File: Interstate 635

See also

List of facilities named after Lyndon Johnson

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