Interstate 35E (Texas)

This article is about the highway that services Dallas, Texas. For the highway that services St. Paul, Minnesota, see Interstate 35E (Minnesota).

Interstate 35E marker

Interstate 35E
Stemmons Freeway
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 96.76 mi[1] (155.72 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-35 / I-35W / US 77 in Hillsboro
  US 287 in Waxahachie
I-20 in Dallas
I-30 / US 67 in Dallas
I-635 in Dallas
North end: I-35 / I-35W / US 77 in Denton
Counties: Hill, Ellis, Dallas, Denton
Highway system

Interstate 35E (I-35E), 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 northward 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. This is one of two points where I-35 splits into suffixed pairs of Interstate highways to service a metropolitan area, doing the same thing in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

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 (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, since both branches return to a unified interstate beyond the twin cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, the AASHTO committees allowed the suffixes to remain.

IH-35E in Lewisville looking north from State Highway 121

Route description

Concurrent routes

U.S. Highway 67

Interstate 35E travels concurrently with U.S. Route 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 signed.

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 1 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 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), 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 eight to ten 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,[2] derived from the larger Pegasus Project.[3][4] 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 Texas State Highway Spur 366
I-35E in Denton


Interstate 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 60s.

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.


As of 2013, a major construction project is underway on I-35E from I-635 to US 380. The main focus is to ease traffic flow along the corridor, which is heavily congested, especially near Lewisville Lake. The project includes extending the HOV lanes further north from the Sam Rayburn Tollway/SH 121 interchange. Part of this project included the pedestrian bridge from the main campus of the University of North Texas to Apogee Stadium, which opened in October 2012. The project is slated to be complete by May 2017.[5]

The Horseshoe Project is also underway, which will replace the outdated "Canyon" interchange with I-30 and build a new bridge over the Trinity River. The project is expected to be completed in late-2016 to early-2017.[6][7]

I-35E is also part of the LBJ Express. The section of freeway from Loop 12 to Valwood Parkway is being rebuilt as the old interchange with I-635 is being replaced.[8]

Exit list

Hill0.00.0 I-35 south WacoI-35E south and I-35W merge into I-35
0.20.32370A US 77 north / Spur 579 HillsboroSouthbound exit only
0.71.1370B I-35W north Fort WorthSouthbound exit only
Carl's Corner2.54.0374 FM 2959 Carl's Corner
5.89.3377 FM 934
Ellis9.615.4381 FM 566 (Milford Road)
13.621.9384Derrs Chapel Road
Italy15.124.3386 SH 34 Italy, Ennis
19.731.7391 FM 329 (Forreston Road)
Waxahachie26.642.8397 US 77 Waxahachie
27.544.3399 FM 66 / FM 876 / FM 1446Signed as exits 399A (FM 66 / FM 876) and 399B (FM 1446) southbound
29.347.2401A Brookside RoadAccess to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie
Bus. US 287 / FM 664 Waxahachie
31.550.7403 US 287 Corsicana, Fort Worth
33.253.4404Lofland Road
34.355.2405 FM 387
35.457.0406Sterrett Road
Red Oak36.959.4408 US 77 south / SH 342 Red OakSouth end of US 77 overlap
38.562.0410ARed Oak Road
39.563.6410B FM 664 (Ovilla Road)
DallasLancasterGlenn Heights line40.965.8412Bear Creek Road
LancasterDeSoto line42.668.6413Parkerville Road
43.169.4414 FM 1382 (Belt Line Road)
44.171.0415Pleasant Run Road
45.072.4416Wintergreen Road
Dallas tripoint
Danieldale Road / Wheatland Road
Dallas47.175.8418 I-20 Fort Worth, ShreveportSigned as exits 418A (west) and 418B (east); I-20 exit 467
48.778.4419Camp Wisdom Road
49.479.5420Laureland Road
50.180.6421 Loop 12 / Ann Arbor AvenueSigned as exits 421A (east) and 421B (west)
51.482.7422ABeckley Avenue / Overton Roadno direct southbound exit (signed at Kiest Boulevard)
51.783.2422BKiest Boulevardsigned as exit 422B-A southbound
52.484.3423A US 67 south CleburneSouth end of US 67 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
52.584.5423BSaner AvenueNo direct southbound entrance (signed via Kiest Boulevard)
52.985.1424 Illinois AvenueAccess to Illinois Station
54.187.1425AZang Boulevard / Beckley Avenue
54.687.9425BBeckley Avenue / 12th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
54.788.0425CMarsalis Avenue
55.288.8426AEwing Avenueno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 425C)
55.589.3426B SH 180 west (8th Street)
55.689.5426CJefferson BoulevardSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
56.290.4427A Colorado BoulevardAccess to Methodist Medical Center of Dallas
Riverfront Boulevard / Cadiz Streetsigned as exit 427C northbound and 428B southbound
56.691.1428A I-30 east (US 67 north) / Griffin Street Texarkana, Downtown DallasNorth end of US 67 overlap; I-30 exits 44A-B
56.891.4428CReunion Boulevard / Commerce Streetnorthbound exit only; closed for construction
56.991.6428D I-30 west Fort Worthno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 427C); I-30 exits 44B-45A
57.492.4428EReunion Boulevard / Commerce Street east
57.893.0429A To I-45 / US 75 (via Spur 366) / Singleton Boulevard Houston, McKinneyno access from I-35E north to Singleton Boulevard or Singleton Boulevard to I-35E south
57.993.2429BContinental Avenue / Commerce Street west
58.694.3429CVictory Avenue / Hi Line Driveno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 430A)
58.894.6429D Dallas North TollwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
59.195.1430AOak Lawn Avenue
59.595.8430B Market Center BoulevardAccess to Market Center Station
59.595.8430CWycliff Avenueno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 430B)
60.296.9431Medical District DrivePreviously Motor Street
60.897.8432A Inwood RoadAccess to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children's Medical Center
61.799.3432BCommonwealth Drive (SH 356)
62.3100.3433A SH 183 to SH 114 Irving, DFW AirportNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
62.2100.1433BMockingbird Lane Dallas Love Field Airport
63.0101.4434AEmpire Central
63.7102.5434BRegal Row
64.4103.6435 Harry Hines BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance, access to Bachman Station
65.5105.4436A Loop 12 / Spur 348 (Northwest Highway) Irving, DFW Airportsigned as exits 436A (Loop 12 south) and 436B (Loop 12 east / Spur 348) southbound
I-635 Express east
northbound exit and southbound entrance
66.7107.3437Mañana RoadNorthbound exit only
67.2108.1438 Walnut Hill LaneAccess to Walnut Hill / Denton Station
68.3109.9439 Royal LaneAccess to Royal Lane Station
68.8110.7440AForest LaneNorthbound exit only
69.0111.0440B-C I-635 DFW AirportSigned as exits 440B (east) and 440C (west); I-635 exits 27B-C
Farmers Branch69.7112.2441 Valley View LaneAccess to Farmers Branch Station
70.7113.8442Valwood Parkway
Carrollton71.8115.6443ACrosby Roadno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 443B)
72.0115.9443BBelt Line Road
72.8117.2443CFrontage RoadNorthbound exit only
73.4118.1444Whitlock Lane / Sandy Lake Road
74.4119.7445 Pres. George Bush Tpk.Signed as exits 445A (south) and 445B (east) southbound
Denton74.8120.4446Frankford Road
Lewisville76.3122.8447A Sam Rayburn Tollway AirportNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 448A)
SH 121signed as exit 447B northbound and 448A southbound
77.1124.1448B FM 3040 (Round Grove Road) / Hebron Parkwaysigned as exit 448 northbound
78.5126.3449Corporate Drive
Bus. SH 121 Lewisville
80.4129.4451Fox Avenue
80.8130.0452 FM 1171 (Main Street)Access to Medical Center of Lewisville
81.6131.3453Valley Ridge Boulevard
82.4132.6454A FM 407 Justin
83.8134.9454B Garden Ridge BoulevardAccess to Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station
Hickory Creek86.1138.6457Lake Dallas Drive Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek
Lake DallasHickory Creek
Corinth tripoint
86.7139.5458 FM 2181 / Hundley Drive / Swisher RoadAccess to Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge
Corinth88.1141.8459Frontage Road
89.2143.6460Corinth Parkway
90.3145.3461Post Oak Drive / Shady Shores Road
Denton91.5147.3462 State School Road / Mayhill RoadAccess to Denton Regional Medical Center and Medpark Station
91.8147.7463 Loop 288 McKinney
93.5150.5464 US 77 north DentonNorth end of US 77 overlap; no southbound exit
93.8151.0464Pennsylvania DriveSouthbound exit only
94.0151.3465A FM 2181 (Teasley Lane)
94.6152.2465B US 377 (Fort Worth Drive)
95.5153.7466AMcCormick Street
95.9154.3466BNorth Texas Boulevard
96.3155.0467 I-35W south / FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) / Airport Road Fort WorthNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; I-35W exit 85A, access to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
96.7155.6 I-35 north Oklahoma CityI-35E north and I-35W merge into I-35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

See also


  1. "Route Log - Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. Texas Department of Transportation (November 15, 2012). "TxDOT Sets in Motion Much-Anticipated Dallas Horseshoe Project (press release)". Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  3. 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.
  4. "Project Pegasus Overview". Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  5. "Interstate 35E Project Tracker" (PDF). TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  6. "Horseshoe Project". TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  7. "Horseshoe Project Overview" (PDF). TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  8. "LBJ Express Tracker" (PDF). TxDOT. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  9. "Highway Overview Map of Interstate 35E". Google Maps. Retrieved November 18, 2015.

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