Interstate 35W (Texas)

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Interstate 35W
Interstate 35W (Texas)
I-35W highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length85.203 mi [1]  (137.121 km)
Major junctions
South endI-35.svgI-35E.svgUS 77.svg I-35  / I-35E  / US 77 near Hillsboro
 US 67.svg US 67 in Alvarado
I-20.svg I-20 in Fort Worth
I-30.svg I-30 in Fort Worth
US 287.svg US 287 in Fort Worth
US 377.svg US 377 in Fort Worth
I-820.svg I-820 in Fort Worth
US 81.svgUS 287.svg US 81  / US 287 in Fort Worth
North endI-35.svgI-35E.svgUS 77.svg I-35  / I-35E  / US 77 in Denton
Counties Hill, Johnson, Tarrant, Denton
Highway system
I-35E.svg I-35E Texas 35.svg SH 35

Interstate 35W (abbreviated I-35W [lower-alpha 1] ), 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. During the 1970s, billboards existed on I-35 encouraging travelers to take the faster and shorter I-35W route.


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.

Route description

Aerial view of Interstate 35W looking towards Denton Interstate 35W to Denton.jpg
Aerial view of Interstate 35W looking towards Denton

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. Like the I-35 split in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, I-35W uses its own exit numbers and mileposts, while I-35E continues those along I-35 between the city of Laredo and the Oklahoma state line.


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.

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.

On the morning of February 11, 2021, a 133-car pileup occurred in Fort Worth due to cold and icy weather. The pileup, among the worst in American history, killed 6 people and injured 95 more. The crash occurred north of downtown Fort Worth and spanned a half-mile (0.8 km) between Northeast 28th Street and Northside Drive. [3]

Exit list

CountyLocationmi [4] kmExitDestinationsNotes
Hill 0.00.0I-35.svg I-35 south Waco I-35W south and I-35E merge into I-35
0.40.64370US 77.svgTexas Spur 579.svg US 77 north / Spur 579  Hillsboro Southbound exit only; exit number based on I-35 mileage
0.50.80I-35E.svg I-35E north Dallas Northbound entrance only; I-35E exit 370B
3.04.83Texas FM 2959.svgAirport Sign.svg FM 2959  Airport
6.911.17Texas FM 934.svg FM 934
Itasca 8.012.98Texas FM 66.svg FM 66  Itasca
12.520.112Texas FM 67.svg FM 67  Covington
Johnson Grandview 15.524.915Texas FM 916.svg FM 916  Grandview, Maypearl
16.626.716Texas 81.svg SH 81 south / County Road 201 Grandview
17.428.017Texas FM 2258.svg FM 2258
21.434.421County Road 107
Alvarado 24.339.124Business Loop 35.svgTexas FM 1706.svgTexas FM 3136.svg I-35 BL north / FM 1706  / FM 3136  Alvarado
25.941.726AUS 67.svg US 67  Cleburne, Dallas
26.943.326BBusiness Loop 35.svg I-35 BL south Alvarado Former southbound exit; now northbound entrance only
27.243.827County Road 707 / County Road 604
Burleson 30.248.630Texas FM 917.svg FM 917  Joshua, Mansfield
31.951.332Bethesda Road
34.555.535Briaroaks Road / Hidden Creek Parkwayno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 32)
36.759.136Texas FM 3391.svg FM 3391 (Renfro Street) / Hidden Creek Parkwayformer Spur 50
Tarrant 37.760.737Texas 174.svg SH 174 south (Wilshire Boulevard) Cleburne No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 36)
37.961.038Alsbury Boulevard / McAlister Road
Fort Worth 38.562.039Texas FM 1187.svgHospital sign.svg 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
44.872.145I-20.svg I-20  Abilene, Dallas Signed 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)
49.479.549BBusiness plate.svg
US 287.svg
Hospital sign.svg US 287 Bus. (Rosedale Street)
Access to John Peter Smith Hospital
50.381.051I-30.svgUS 287.svgUS 377.svgTexas 180.svg I-30  / US 287 south / US 377 south / SH 180 east (Lancaster Avenue) Abilene, Dallas, Downtown Fort Worth South 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
51.482.752ATexas Spur 280.svgRail Sign.svg Spur 280  Downtown Fort Worth Access to Fort Worth Central Station
52.083.752BUS 377.svgTexas 121.svg US 377 north (Belknap Street) / SH 121 north D/FW Airport North end of US 377 overlap
52.284.052CTexas Spur 347.svg 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
54.086.954ATexas 183.svg 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
56.691.156BBeach Street
56.490.8820 Express Lane free.svg I-820 Express east
57.292.157I-820.svg I-820 I-820 exit 16
58.393.858Western Center Boulevard
58.994.859Basswood Boulevard
60.096.660AUS 81.svgUS 287.svg US 81 north / US 287 north Decatur, Wichita Falls North 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
63.7102.564Hospital sign.svg Golden Triangle Boulevard / Keller-Hicks RoadAccess to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
65.3105.165Texas 170.svg SH 170 east
66.3106.766Westport Parkway
county line
67.3108.367Alliance Boulevard
Denton 68.4110.168Eagle Parkway
Fort WorthNorthlake line70.4113.370Texas 114.svgAirport Sign.svg SH 114  Dallas, Bridgeport, Airport
71.2114.672 Dale Earnhardt Way
Northlake 73.8118.874Texas FM 1171.svg FM 1171  Flower Mound, Lewisville
Argyle 76.6123.376Texas FM 407.svg FM 407  Argyle, Justin
ArgyleDenton line78.9127.079Crawford Road / Robson Ranch Road
Denton 82.0132.082Texas FM 2449.svg FM 2449  Ponder
84.8136.584Texas FM 1515.svgAirport Sign.svg FM 1515 (Bonnie Brae Street) Airport Northbound exit and southbound entrance
85.0136.885AI-35E.svg I-35E south Dallas Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-35E exit 467
85.1137.085BHospital sign.svg West Oak StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance, access to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
85.2137.1I-35.svg I-35 north Oklahoma City I-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

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  2. Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Highway Designations Glossary". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
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  1. Some sources use "IH-35W", as "IH" is an abbreviation used by the Texas Department of Transportation for Interstate Highways. [2]

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