Interstate 30

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Interstate 30 marker

Interstate 30
Route information
Length:366.76 mi[1] (590.24 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-20 near Fort Worth, TX
  I-35W in Fort Worth, TX
I-35E in Dallas, TX
I-45 in Dallas, TX
I-635 in Mesquite, TX
I-369 in Texarkana, TX
I-430 in Little Rock, AR
I-440 in Little Rock, AR
I-530 in Little Rock, AR
I-630 in Little Rock, AR
East end: I-40 / U.S. 65 / U.S. 67 / U.S. 167 in North Little Rock, AR
Location
States:Texas, Arkansas
Highway system

 
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Interstate 30 marker

Interstate 30
Route information
Length:366.76 mi[1] (590.24 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-20 near Fort Worth, TX
  I-35W in Fort Worth, TX
I-35E in Dallas, TX
I-45 in Dallas, TX
I-635 in Mesquite, TX
I-369 in Texarkana, TX
I-430 in Little Rock, AR
I-440 in Little Rock, AR
I-530 in Little Rock, AR
I-630 in Little Rock, AR
East end: I-40 / U.S. 65 / U.S. 67 / U.S. 167 in North Little Rock, AR
Location
States:Texas, Arkansas
Highway system

Interstate 30 (I-30) is an Interstate Highway in the southern United States. I-30 runs from Interstate 20 west of Fort Worth, Texas, northeast via Dallas, Texas, and Texarkana, Texas, to Interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The route parallels U.S. Route 67 except for the portion west of downtown Dallas (which was once part of Interstate 20).[2] I-30 intersects with only two of the 10 primary north–south interstates (I-35W, I-35E and I-45) and also with the major Interstate routes I-20, and I-40. I-30 is known as the Tom Landry Freeway within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Route description[edit]

Lengths
 mi[1]km
TX223.74360.07
AR143.02230.17
Total366.76590.24

Interstate 30 is the shortest two-digit Interstate ending in zero in the Interstate system. The Interstates ending in 0 are generally the longest east–west Interstates. It is also the second shortest major interstate (ending in 0 or 5), behind Interstate 45.

Texas[edit]

Tom Landry Freeway @ Eastchase in Fort Worth, Texas

The section of I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth is designated the Tom Landry Highway in honor of the long-time Dallas Cowboys coach. Though I-30 passed well south of Texas Stadium, the Cowboys' former home, their new stadium in Arlington, Texas is near I-30. However, the freeway designation was made before Arlington voted to build Cowboys Stadium. This section was previously known as the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, which preceded the Interstate system. Although tolls had not been collected for many years, it was still known locally as the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike until receiving its present name.[2] The section from downtown Dallas to Arlington was recently widened to over 16 lanes in some sections, by 2010. From June 15, 2010, through February 6, 2011, this 30-mile section of I-30 was temporarily designated as the "Tom Landry Super Bowl Highway" in commemoration of Super Bowl XLV which was played at Cowboys Stadium.[3]

In Dallas, I-30 is known as East R.L. Thornton Freeway between downtown Dallas and the eastern suburb of Mesquite. I-30 picks up the name from I-35E South at the Mixmaster interchange. The Mixmaster is scheduled to be reconstructed as part of the Horseshoe project,[4] derived from the larger Pegasus Project.[5][6] The section from downtown Dallas to Loop 12 is 8 lanes plus an HOV lane. This section will be reconstructed under the Eastern Gateway project to 12 lanes by 2020. I-30 from I-635 to Rockwall was widened from 6 to 10 lanes in the 1990s. From Rockwall to a point past Sulphur Springs, I-30 in concurrent with U.S. Route 67. Interstate 30 continues northesterly through East Texas until a few miles from the Texas-Oklahoma border, when the route turns east, towards Arkansas.

Arkansas[edit]

Traffic flows down a four-lane Interstate highway underneath a large sign indicating traffic exits
I-30's eastern terminus at I-40 in North Little Rock, AR

I-30 enters southwestern Arkansas in Texarkana which is the twin city of Texarkana, Texas. Here, I-30 will eventually intersect Interstate 49 when it is extended north through western Arkansas en route to Kansas City Even though it is temporary named as Hwy 549. Like in Texas, I-30 travels in a diagonal direction as it proceeds north east through the state. I-30 then passes through Hope which is where former President Bill Clinton was born. I-30 then serves Prescott, Gurdon, Arkadelphia, and Malvern. At Malvern, drivers can use U.S. Route 70 or U.S. Route 270 to travel into historic Hot Springs or beyond into Ouachita National Forest. About at this location, U.S. 70 and U.S. 67 join I-30 and stay with the interstate into the Little Rock city limits. Northeast of Malvern, I-30 passes through Benton, before reaching the Little Rock city limits. From Benton to its end at I-40, I-30 is a six-lane highway with up to 85,000 vehicles per day. As I-30 enters Little Rock, Interstate 430 spurns off its parent route to create a western bypass of Little Rock. Just south of downtown, I-30 meets the western terminus of Interstate 440 and the northern terminus of another auxiliary route in Interstate 530. I-530 travels 46 miles south to Pine Bluff. At this tri-intersection of interstates, I-30 turns due north for the final few miles of its route. Here I-30 passes through the capitol district of Little Rock. I-30 also creates one final auxiliary route in Interstate 630, or the Wilbur D. Mills Freeway, which splits downtown Little Rock in an east/west direction before coming to its other end at I-430 just west of downtown. After passing I-630, I-30 crosses the Arkansas River into North Little Rock and comes to its eastern terminus, despite facing north, at Interstate 40. At its end, I-30 is joined by U.S. Route 65, U.S. Route 67, and U.S. Route 167. U.S. 65 joins I-40 westbound, while U.S. 67 and 167 join I-40 eastbound from I-30's eastern terminus.

History[edit]

The Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike was a 30-mile (48 km) toll highway in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It operated between 1957 and 1977, afterward becoming a nondescript part of I-30. The road, three lanes in each direction but later widened, is the only direct connection between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas, Texas. In October 2001, the former turnpike became known as the Tom Landry Highway, named after the late Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.

The proposed expressway was studied as early as 1944, but was turned down by the state engineer due to the expense. However in 1953, the state legislature created the Texas Turnpike Authority, which in 1955 raised $58.5 million ($427 million in 2005 dollars) to build the project. Construction started later that year. On August 27, 1957 the highway was open to traffic, but the official opening came a week later on September 5. The turnpike's presence stimulated growth in Arlington and Grand Prairie and facilitated construction of Six Flags Over Texas. On December 31, 1977, the bonds were paid off and the freeway was handed over to the state Department of Transportation, toll collection ceased, and the tollbooths were removed during the following week.

It served as Interstate 20 between Dallas and Fort Worth until the current I-20 route to the south was opened in 1971. Afterwards, I-30 was extended from its end at the "Dallas Mixmaster" interchange with Interstate 35E (also the east end of the turnpike) to follow the turnpike, and the former I-20 in downtown Fort Worth, west to modern-day I-20.

The existing U.S. 67 route was already in heavy use in the early 1950s, at which point it was twinned from just east of Dallas to Rockwall and also near Greenville. The DFW Turnpike linking Fort Worth to Dallas was completed by 1957, becoming the first segment of Interstate 30. The twinned U.S. 67 routes were upgraded to Interstate standards beginning in 1961, forming the R.L. Thornton Freeway. By the mid 1960s much of Interstate 30 was under construction. The majority of the route was completed by 1965, but a 40-mile (64 km) stretch through marshland between Mount Pleasant, Texas and New Boston, Texas remained unfinished. This remaining segment was finally built and opened to traffic in 1971, completing Interstate 30.[7]

Future[edit]

I-30 could be extended along the U.S. Route 67 freeway from Little Rock. Also, if I-30 is extended, there are plans for an I-730 spur along Arkansas Highway 226 from the corridor to Jonesboro, Arkansas.[8]

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocation#DestinationsNotes
Parker I-20 west – AbileneWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
TarrantFort Worth1BLinkcrest Drive
2 Spur 580 east (Camp Bowie West Boulevard)
3 RM 2871 / Chapel Creek Boulevard
5AAlemeda StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
5 I-820 (Jim Wright Freeway)Signed as exits 5B (north) and 5C (south)
6Las Vegas Trail
7ACherry Lane
7B Spur 341 / SH 183 – NAS Fort Worth JRB
8AGreen Oaks RoadEastbound exit is via exit 7B
8BRidgmar Boulevard, Ridglea Avenue
9ABryant-Irvin Road
9B US 377 south (Camp Bowie Boulevard) / Horne Street – NAS Fort Worth JRBWest end of US 377 overlap
10Hulen Street
11Montgomery Street
12AUniversity Drive – City Parks, Trinity Park, Zoo, TCU, UNT Health Science Center, Botanic Gardens, Cultural District
12BRosedale StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
12CForest Park BoulevardSigned as exit 12 westbound
13Summit Avenue, 8th Avenue
13B SH 199 (Henderson Street)Eastbound exit is via exit 13
14Cherry Street, Lancaster Avenue – Downtown Fort WorthNo exit number westbound
15A I-35W (South Freeway) / US 377 north (North Freeway) – Denton, WacoEast end of US 377 overlap; westbound exit to IH-35W north is via exit 15C
15B US 287 south / SH 180 east (Lancaster Avenue)Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
15C US 287 north – Downtown Fort WorthWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
16Riverside DriveWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 16A (south) and 16B (north)
16CBeach Street
18Oakland Boulevard, Bridge Street
19Brentwood Stair RoadEastbound exit and entrance
21 I-820 (East Loop)Signed as exits 21A (south) and 21B (north)
21CBridgewood Drive, Bridge Street
23Cooks Lane
24Eastchase Parkway
Arlington26Fielder Road
27Lamar Boulevard, Cooper Street
28A FM 157 (Collins Street) – AT&T StadiumSigned as exit 28 westbound
28BNolan Ryan Expressway – Rangers Ballpark in ArlingtonEastbound exit and entrance
29Ballpark Way
30 SH 360 (Angus G. Wynne Junior Freeway) / Six Flags Drive – Six Flags Over Texas
DallasGrand Prairie32 SH 161 / SH 161 / Northwest 19th Street
34Belt Line Road
36MacArthur Boulevard
Dallas38 Loop 12 (Walton Walker Boulevard)
39Cockrell Hill Road
41Westmoreland Road
42AHampton Road southEastbound exit and westound entrance
42Hampton Road north
43ASylvan AvenueNo eastbound exit
43BSylvan AvenueWestbound exit only
44ABeckley AvenueEastbound exit only
44BRiverfront BoulevardEastbound exit and westbound entrance
45A I-35E north (Stemmons Freeway) / US 77 north – DentonSigned as exit 44A westbound
44B I-35E south (South R.L. Thornton Freeway) / US 67 south / US 77 north – WacoWest end of US 67 overlap; eastbound exit is via exit 44B
45BLamar Street, Griffin Street, Cadiz StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
45Ervay StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
46ACesar Chavez BoulevardEastbound exit is via exit 45B
46 I-45 south (Julius Schepps Freeway) / US 75 north (Central Expressway) – Houston, McKinneySigned as exit 47B westbound
47C2nd Avenue, 1st Avenue – Fair ParkSigned as exit 47C westbound
48AHaskell Avenue, Peak Street, Carroll Avenue
48BBarry Avenue, Munger Boulevard
48B
49A
SH 78 east (East Grand Avenue)Eastbound exit is via exit 48B; westbound exit is via exit 49A
49AWinslow Street
49BDolphin Road
50ALawnview AvenueEastbound exit only
50BFerguson RoadSigned as exit 50 westbound
52AJim Miller Road
52BSt. Francis Avenue
53A Loop 12 (Buckner Boulevard)
53B US 80 east – TerrellEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Mesquite54Big Town Boulevard
55Motley Drive
56AGus Thomasson Road, Galloway AvenueSigned as exit 57 westbound
56 I-635 (Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway)Signed as exits 56B (north) and 56C (south)
58Northwest Drive
Garland59Belt Line Road, Broadway Boulevard
60ARose Hill Road
60BBobtown RoadWestbound exit is via exit 61A
61AZion Road
61BPresident George Bush Turnpike north
62Bass Pro Drive
Rowlett64Dalrock Road
RockwallRockwall67AVillage Drive, Horizon RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
67B FM 740 (Ridge Road)Signed as exit 67 westbound
67CFrontage RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
68 SH 205 (Goliad Street) – Rockwall, Terrell
69Frontage RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
70 FM 3549
Fate73 FM 551 – Fate
Royse City74Frontage RoadEastbound exit
77A FM 548 – Royse City
77B FM 35 (Epps Road)
Hunt79 FM 1565 south / FM 2642
83 FM 1565 north
85 FM 36 – Caddo Mills
87 FM 1903 – Caddo Mills
89 FM 1570 (Jack Finney Blvd)
Greenville92Monty Stratton Pkwy
93 SH 34 (Wesley Street) – Greenville, Terrell
94
US 69 / US 380 (Joe Ramsey Blvd) / US 69 Bus. (Moulton St) – Denison, McKinney, Greenville
95Division Street
96Texas Spur 302.svg Spur 302 (Lee Street)
97Lamar Street
97AFrontage RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Campbell101 SH 24 / FM 1737 – Commerce, Paris
104 FM 513 / FM 2649 – Campbell, Lone Oak
HopkinsCumby110 FM 275 / FM 2649 – Cumby
112 FM 499Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
116 FM 2653 – Brashear
120
US 67 Bus. north
Sulphur Springs122 SH 11 / SH 19 – Emory, Paris
123 FM 2297 (League Street)
124 SH 154 – Sulphur Springs, Quitman
125Bill Bradford Road
126 FM 1870 (College Street)
127
US 67 Bus. south / Loop 301
131 FM 69
135 US 67 northEast end of US 67 overlap
136 FM 269 (Weaver Road)
141 FM 900 (Saltillo Road)
Franklin142County Line RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Mount Vernon146 SH 37 – Clarksville, Winnsboro
147 Spur 423
150Ripley Road
TitusWinfield153 Spur 185 – Winfield, Miller's Cove
156Frontage Road
Mount Pleasant160 US 271 to US 67 / SH 49 / FM 1734 – Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg
162
US 271 Bus. / FM 1402 / FM 2152 – Mount Pleasant
Signed as exits 162A (US 271 Bus./FM 2152) and 162B (FM 1402) westbound
165 FM 1001
170 FM 1993
Morris178 US 259 – De Kalb, Daingerfield
Bowie186 FM 561
192 FM 990
198 SH 98
199 US 82 – New Boston, De Kalb, Clarksville
New Boston201 SH 8 – New Boston
206 Spur 86 – TexAmericas Center
Hooks208 FM 560 – Hooks
Leary212 Spur 74 – TexAmericas Center - East
213 FM 2253 – Leary
Nash218 FM 989 – Nash
Texarkana219University Ave
220A I-369 south / US 59 – Atlanta, HoustonWest end of US 59 overlap; northern terminus of I-369
220B FM 559 (Richmond Road)
222 SH 93 / FM 1397 (Summerhill Road)
Texas–Arkansas state line223 US 59 north (State Line Avenue) / US 71East end of US 59 overlap; interchange straddles state line
MillerTexarkana1Jefferson Avenue
2Four States Fair ParkwayTexarkana Regional Airport
3Arkansas 549.svg Hwy 549 Future I-49 - Fort Smith, Shreveport
7 Hwy. 108 – Mandeville
12 U.S. 67 – FultonEastbound exit and westbound entrance
Hempstead18Fulton
Hope30 U.S. 278 – Nashville, Hope
31 Hwy. 29 – Hope
36 Hwy. 299 – Emmet
NevadaPrescott44 U.S. 371 / Hwy. 24 – Prescott
46 Hwy. 19 – Prescott
Clark54 Hwy. 51 – Okolona, Gurdon
63 Hwy. 53 – Gurdon
69 Hwy. 26 east – Gum Springs
Arkadelphia73 Hwy. 8 / Hwy. 26 / Hwy. 51 – Arkadelphia
Caddo Valley78 Hwy. 7 – Caddo Valley, Hot Springs, Arkadelphia
Hot Spring83 Hwy. 283 – Friendship
91 Hwy. 84 – Social Hill
Malvern97 To Hwy. 84 / Hwy. 171
98A U.S. 270B – Malvern
98B U.S. 270 west – Hot SpringsWest end of U.S. 270 overlap
99 U.S. 270 east – MalvernEast end of U.S. 270 overlap
Saline106Old Military Road
111 U.S. 70 west – Hot SpringsWest end of U.S. 70 overlap
114 U.S. 67 south (Hwy. 229) – Arkansas Health CenterWest end of U.S. 67 overlap
Benton116Sevier Street/South Street (Hwy. 229)
117 Hwy. 5 west / Hwy. 35 – BentonWest end of Hwy. 5 overlap
118Congo Road (Hwy. 5 east)East end of Hwy. 5 overlap
121Alcoa Road
Bryant
123 Hwy. 183 – Bauxite, Bryant
Little Rock126 Hwy. 111 (Alexander Road) – Alexander
Pulaski
128Otter Creek Road, Mabelvale West Road
129 I-430 north – Fort Smith
130 Hwy. 338 (Baseline Road) – Mabelvale
131South Chicot RoadEastbound exit only
131McDaniel DriveWestbound exit only
132 U.S. 70B east (University Avenue)
133Geyer Springs Road
134Scott Hamilton Drive, Stanton Road
13565th Street
138A I-440 east – Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock River Port, MemphisSigned as exit 138 westbound
138B I-530 south / U.S. 65 south / U.S. 167 south – Pine Bluff, El DoradoWest end of U.S. 65/U.S. 167 overlap; no exit number westbound
139A Hwy. 365 (Roosevelt Road)
139B I-630
1409th Street, 6th StreetSigned as exits 140A (9th Street) and 140B (6th Street) westbound
141A Hwy. 10 (Cumberland Street) / Clinton Avenue, Markham Street, 2nd Street, Ferry StreetCumberland Street signed as Cantrell Road
North Little Rock141B U.S. 70 east (Broadway, U.S. 70B west)East end of U.S. 70 overlap
142Curtis Sykes Drive
143A I-40 west / U.S. 65 north / Hwy. 107 north – Fort SmithNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
143B I-40 east / U.S. 67 north / U.S. 167 north – MemphisNorthbound exit and southbound entrance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Route Log and Finder List – Interstate System: Table 1". FHWA. Retrieved October 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Overview Map of I-30". Google Maps. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (June 10, 2010). "Maybe One of the Few Times We'll Use "Cotton Bowl" and "Super Bowl" in Same Sentence". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (November 15, 2012). "TxDOT Sets in Motion Much-Anticipated Dallas Horseshoe Project (press release)". Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Project Pegasus Overview". Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Old Road Maps of Texas, 1942–73, Oscar Slotboom, http://www.dfwfreeways.info/pages/oldroadmaps.aspx
  8. ^ "Interstate 30". AARoads' Interstate Guide. Retrieved December 24, 2009. However, this conflicts with the Missouri Department of Transportation's plan to extend Interstate 57, which is also planned to use US 67.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing