Interstate 35 or I -35 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Texas. The highway is the state’s main north-south connection, running from the Mexican border in Laredo to the Oklahoma border at Gainesville. Along the way, major cities such as San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas are visited. At the Dallas – Fort Worth metropolitan area, I-35 splits into two branches, I-35 East via Dallas and I-35 Westthrough Fort Worth. I-35 itself is 655 kilometers long, I-35W is 137 kilometers long, and I-35E is 156 kilometers long. In total, Interstate 35 is 948 kilometers long.
According to Topschoolsintheusa, the highway begins in Laredo, a city of 231,000 people that sits on the Mexican border. The highway starts 800 meters north of the Victoria Street border. The highway runs right through the city here. 2×3 lanes are immediately available. Across the border is the larger Nuevo Laredo, where the Carretera Federal 85 to Monterrey begins. On the north side of the city is a new interchange with an access road to an alternative border crossing. North of this you leave the city, and the highway has 2×2 lanes. There are also frontage roads. Near the hamlet of Botines, US 83 turns off to Carrizo Springs, beginning the new Camino Colombia Toll Road, a new bypass of Laredo, which goes very broadly around the city, and south of Nuevo Laredo in Mexico, should connect to the Carretera Federal 2. The landscape consists of prairie with many low shrubs.
There are few places in this area, and most of them are villages or hamlets. Every now and then one crosses a main road that runs from nowhere to nowhere. In some areas, oil is also extracted by pumpjacks. There are only exits with the Frontage Roads, from where you can continue on the country roads. Further north there is more agriculture, also through circular irrigation. After 160 kilometers you come to Pearsall, with 7,000 inhabitants the largest town between Laredo and San Antonio. At the hamlet of Moore one crosses US 57 which leads to the Mexican border at Eagle Pass. After 240 kilometers you reach the agglomeration of San Antonio.
The double-deck section of I-35 in San Antonio.
The city of San Antonio presents itself quite suddenly in the form of the cloverleaf clover with Interstate 410, San Antonio ‘s ring road. This I-410 is 85 kilometers long. From here, the highway is called the Pan Am Expressway. There are still 2×2 lanes available, as San Antonio hasn’t really expanded in a southwesterly direction. After the first residential areas, the highway has 2×3 lanes. These residential areas are older, and sparsely built up, with spacious plots for each dwelling. A 4-level stack interchange crosses Interstate 10 and US 90. Striking about this nodeis that the through direction of US 90 runs on the top level, and some connecting roads run on the bottom level. For the I-10, this interchange is a TOTSO. I-10 and I-35 are double-numbered along the west side of downtown.
Because both roads are double numbered, there are 2×4 lanes, or 4×2 lanes. After just a few miles, the two roads split, with I-10 heading west toward El Paso and Los Angeles. I-35 then has 2×3 lanes. On the north side of downtown, one comes to an interchange with Interstate 37, which ends here, and US 281, which runs to the northern neighborhoods and Lampassas, in central Texas. A little further on, Interstate 410. joinsin, to temporarily merge with I-35. A few miles further on, I-410 turns off again to continue forming the ring. I-35 then continues northeast, where it has 2×4 lanes. In the far northeast of the city, which has a population of 1.3 million, one crosses the Loop 1604, San Antonio ‘s outer (incomplete) ring road.
The double-deck section of I-35 in Austin.
The split of I-35 into I-35E and I-35W at Hillsboro.
After San Antonio, I-35 leads through an urban corridor past New Braunfels and San Marcos. The entire stretch between San Antonio and Austin has 2×3 lanes of frontage roads, with a lot of activity along the highway. The highway passes through flat terrain just east of the hilly Texas Hill Country. About 80 kilometers after leaving the city of San Antonio you reach the capital of Texas, Austin.
I-35 runs through the eastern half of the city of Austin, a busy and urbanized route. I-35 has 2×3 lanes to Downtown Austin and has a bridge over the Colorado River. North of Downtown, I-35 is double-decker, with 2×2 lanes deepened and 2×2 lanes on overpasses. The double-deck section is over 2 kilometers long and leads right past the University of Texas. In the passage through Austin you cross US 290 twice and SH 45 twice. It also crosses US 183. The passage through the urban area of Austin is approximately 70 kilometers long and consists mainly of 2×3 lanes, with sometimes 4 lanes in each direction. Nodes are designed as large stacks. SH 130. closes at the northern suburb of Georgetownat.
North of Austin, it follows a 40-kilometer stretch through more rural areas to Belton. This route also has 2×3 lanes with frontage roads. Interstate 14 connects at Belton, then the highway passes through the town of Temple, this part is largely sunken with 2×4 lanes. In Temple you cross US 190 and Loop 363. After Temple there is another 40 kilometer long route through a more rural area to Waco, this route also has 2×3 lanes with frontage roads and has quite a lot of activity along the highway. I-35 then passes through the eastern edge of the city of Waco, crossing the Brazos River. In Waco you cross US 84, SH 6 and Loop 340. The passage through Waco has 2×4 lanes. North of Waco there is a 50 kilometer stretch that is more rural again until the fork at Hillsboro. This route also has 2×3 lanes with frontage roads. At Hillsboro, I-35 splits into I-35E to Dallas and I-35W to Fort Worth. Most through traffic takes I-35W through Fort Worth.
Interstate 35 West
see also Interstate 35W in Texas for the main topic.
At Hillsboro, I-35 splits, with I-35W heading toward Fort Worth. The I-35W goes through built-up areas relatively short, unlike the I-35E. There are also large prairie areas between Fort Worth and the Denton confluence.
Interstate 35 East
see Interstate 35E in Texas for the main topic
I-35 splits at Hillsboro, with I-35E passing through Dallas and being the metropolitan area’s busiest highway. At Denton both roads meet again.
The last bit to the border is not that far anymore, the Fort Worth – Dallas metroplex is not far from the border with Oklahoma. It crosses the Denton ring road, which is being prepared for further extension west of I-35. The I-35 then runs through a slightly sloping area with occasional bushes. Just east of the road is the large Ray Roberts Lake, a reservoir. The last major town before the border is Gainesville, where it crosses US 82, which runs from Wichita Falls to Paris. One then crosses the Red River, which also forms the border with Oklahoma. Interstate 35 in Oklahoma then continues toward Oklahoma City.