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Interstate 30 Eastbound - Forth Worth Vicinity (IH 35W to Dallas County)

Interstate 30 East
Continuing through the Interstate 35E stack interchange, Interstate 30 next approaches Exit 15B, junction U.S. 287 (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway) south and Texas 180 (Lancaster Avenue) east. U.S. 287 veers southeast from the confluence of Interstates 30, 35W, and U.S. 377 along the 6.5-mile MLK Jr. Freeway between downtown and Interstate 820 at Lake Arlington. The federal highway joins central Fort Worth with Kennedale, south Arlington, and Mansfield. Texas 180 (former U.S. 80) exits downtown and remains along Lancaster Avenue through to junction Interstate 820 and the Arlington city line. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Drivers bound for U.S. 287 (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway) south or Texas 180 (Lancaster Avenue) east (Exit 15B) part ways with Interstate 30 underneath the Exit 15A flyovers. U.S. 287 southbound technically follows the Interstate 35W & U.S. 377 southbound ramp to Interstate 30 east to make the connection to the MLK Freeway via Exit 15B (there is no direct ramp to the MLK Freeway from Interstate 35W south). U.S. 287 northbound directly merges onto Interstate 35W & U.S. 377 north otherwise. Texas 180 meanwhile shadows Interstate 30 east to Riverside Drive and Beach Street. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Additional views of the Interstates 30, 35W, and U.S. 287, 377 stack interchange at downtown Fort Worth. The stack is complicated by the passing Lancaster Avenue and railroad lines of the Union Pacific Railroad below. Texas 180 officially begins at the Lancaster Avenue interchange with Interstate 30 and U.S. 287. Photos taken 10/19/03.
The aforementioned flyover (Exit 51) from Interstate 35W & U.S. 287-377 southbound partitions into ramps for Interstate 30 east and Texas 180 east / MLK Freeway south. Photos taken 10/19/03.

Traveling through the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway interchange (U.S. 287 north / Texas Spur 280 south) on Interstate 30 east. Visible to the right is the Exit 15B ramp split for U.S. 287's continuation onto the MLK Freeway south, Texas 180's eastbound beginning on Lancaster Avenue, and a westbound loop ramp onto Lancaster Avenue for return access to downtown. Traveling above is Texas Spur 280 (MLK Freeway) south, leading away from the central business district with its ramps onto Interstate 30 and Texas 180 east. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30, originally opened as Interstate 20, followed the Dallas Fort Worth Turnpike between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas. Tolls were abolished in 1977 when bonds to pay the original turnpike were paid and the turnpike name has all but disappeared in history. Since 2001, Interstate 30 carries the name "Tom Landry Highway" after the long time (1960-88) Dallas Cowboys head coach. This sign proclaims the designation of Interstate 30 eastbound as it leaves U.S. 287, complete with a rendering of Tom Landry's trademark mat. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Next in line for eastbound motorists is the Exit 16C diamond interchange with Beach Street. Beach Street connects Interstate 30 with Texas 180 (Lancaster Avenue) via a SPUI to the south and Gateway Park to the north of the Trinity River West Fork. Photo taken 10/19/03.

Exit 16C leaves Interstate 30 east for Beach Street. Beach Street meanders northward 2.25 miles to U.S. 377 (Belknap Street) at the Haltom City line. Continuing south, Beach Street ends at Mitchell Boulevard in 1.6 miles near Sycamore Park. There is no Exit 16A or 16B on Interstate 30 east, as those designations join westbound with Riverside Drive north and south. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30 cuts a swath between Tandy Hills-Stratford and Gateway Parks on the approach to Exit 18 (Oakland Avenue). A half diamond interchange joins the freeway with the resumption of its frontage road system (Bridge Street west / Brentwood Stair Road east) ahead of Oakland Avenue. Oakland Avenue travels south to Miller Avenue and north to 1st Street west and Randall Mill Road east near Arc Park. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Exit 19 constitutes a folded-diamond interchange between Interstate 30 and the parallel Brentwood Stair Road / Bridge Street at Holt Street. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Original Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike concrete appears during a Interstate 30 resurfacing project near the Meadowbrook Municipal Golf Course. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30 passes over Woodhaven Boulevard one mile west of Exits 21A/B stack interchange with Interstate 820. Interstate 820 last met Interstate 30 at Exit 5. The freeway serves the northeastern suburbs of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, and Hurst among others. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Like other DFW area freeway to freeway connections, Exit 21A for Interstate 820 features no control cities. Interstate 820 travels north-south between North Richland Hills (junction Texas 121 & 183 / Airport Freeway) and Forest Hill (junction Interstate 20). Exit 21C ties Bridgewood Drive into the confluence with Interstate 820. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Originally a trumpet interchange joined the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike with Brentwood Stair Road at Exit 21. That interchange was removed and replaced with the Interstate 820 stack and a partial-cloverleaf interchange with Bridgewood Drive (built after the original DFW Turnpike). Bridgewood Drive stems north from Brentwood Stair Road to a commercial area at Bridge Street west of Loop 820. Photo taken 10/19/03.
A two-lane off-ramp carries motorists bound for Interstate 820 (Exit 21A) from Interstate 30 east. Interstate 820 ends at junction Interstate 20 & U.S. 287 (MLK Freeway) in 6.5 miles. Northward the loop continues 3.2 miles to the merge with Texas 121 (Airport Freeway). Photo taken 10/19/03.
Exit 21A to Interstate 820 passes underneath Bridgewood Drive independent of the Interstate 30 mainline. Exit 21C ascends from the freeway to intersect Bridgewood Drive between both roadways. Bridgewood Drive travels 1.6 miles overall between Randol Mill Road and Brentwood Stair Road in east Fort Worth. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Looking eastward at the freeway from the Interstate 820 south to Interstate 30 eastbound flyover. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Nearing the Sandy Lane overpass, 0.75 miles west of the Exit 23 diamond interchange with Cooks Lane. Cooks Lane joins Interstate 30 with growing residential areas of east Fort Worth. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Morrison Drive passes over Interstate 30 near the Exit 23 off-ramp to Cooks Lane. Cooks Lane travels 1.5 miles north to Randol Mill Road. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Drivers bound for Cooks Lane leave Interstate 30 eastbound at Exit 23. Cooks Lane ends two miles southward at junction Texas 180 (Lancaster Avenue) on the city line. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Next in line for Interstate 30 eastbound drivers is the commercialized arterial with Eastchase Parkway (Exit 24). Randol Mill Road becomes Eastchase Parkway at the nearby intersection with John T. White Boulevard. This is the last city of Fort Worth interchange. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30 spans Cottonwood Creek ahead of the Exit 24 diamond interchange with Eastchase Parkway. Eastchase Parkway south transitions into Dottie Lynn Parkway at Meadowbrook Drive in 0.75 miles; Dottie Lynn Parkway continues the arterial southward to junction Texas 180 (Lancaster Avenue) and Texas Spur 303 (Pioneer Parkway) as Green Oaks Boulevard in Arlington. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30 exits Fort Worth and enters the city of Arlington at the crossing of Village Creek. The first of three Arlington interchanges joins the six-lane freeway with Fielder Road at Exit 26. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Fielder Road tallies 6.6 miles between Arbrook Boulevard to the south and Green Oaks Boulevard to the north. A diamond interchange (Exit 26) joins Fielder Road with Interstate 30. Points of interest along the way include Maverick Stadium (University of Texas at Arlington) and Parks at Arlington Mall near the south end. Photo taken 10/19/03.
A partial cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 30 and Cooper Street at Exit 27 along eastbound. Cooper Street serves downtown Arlington from the west in addition to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) campus. Lamar Boulevard enters the scene from the north, paralleling the westbound side of Interstate 30 at Exit 27. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Passing under Davis Street along Interstate 30 eastbound near the Exit 27 off-ramp to Cooper Street. Cooper Street south leads 1.7 miles to Arlington Memorial Hospital, junction Texas 180 (Old U.S. 80 / Division Street), and junction Texas Farm to Market Road 157 (Abram Street) at UTA. Northward Cooper Street ends in 1.75 miles at Green Oaks Boulevard, a major east-west arterial on the north side of Arlington. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Eastbound at the Exit 27 ramp departure to Cooper Street. Lamar Boulevard stems east from Green Oaks Boulevard near Village Creek in west Arlington to Avenue H in Grand Prairie. The highway constitutes a multi-lane divided arterial as it parallels Interstate 30 to the north. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Texas Farm to Market Road 157 follows Collin Street northward from Abram Street and downtown Arlington to junction Interstate 30 at Exit 28A. An original DFW Turnpike trumpet to trumpet interchange connection joins the two highways in a heavily commercialized area. FM 157 links Arlington with Mansfield to the south and Euless to the north. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Exit 28A leaves Interstate 30 east for the trumpet interchange connector to Texas Farm to Market Road 157 (Collin Street). FM 157 continues northward 7.5 miles to its end at junction Texas 121 at Bedford. Southward, the highway provides a direct route to downtown via Abram Street or Texas 180 (Division Street) west. Arlington is home to the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, a venue scheduled to open in 2009 and host the 2011 Superbowl. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Continuing east beyond the Collins Street overpass, Interstate 30 drivers next encounter Exit 28B to Nolan Ryan Expressway south to Rangers Park in Arlington, home of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers franchise. Nolan Ryan Expressway is not an expressway at all, but rather an access road leading south from Interstate 30 to the ball park at Randol Mill Road and Ballpark Way. The original Arlington Stadium stood in the path of what is now the Nolan Ryan Expressway. That stadium was demolished in 1994 to make way for the new Rangers home, located a short distance to the southeast. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Interstate 30 eastbound at the Exit 28B off-ramp to Nolan Ryan Expressway south. Nolan Ryan is baseball's all time strikeout king with 5,714 K's and ranks 14th (tied with Don Sutton) with 324 career wins (as of February 2008). Ryan played for both the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers in his 27-year career, retiring with Texas in 1993. When the new stadium was built, the road leading to it was named in his honor. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Ballpark Way, formerly Stadium Drive, leads north from Abram Street and Texas 180 (Division Street) to Lamar and Green Oaks Boulevards. Exit 29 provides access to Ball Park Way northbound from Interstate 30 east at a partial-cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 10/19/03.
Exit 29 becomes a collector/distributor roadway with the Copeland Road eastbound on-ramp from Nolan Ryan Expressway. Rising in the background are towers associated with Six Flags over Texas theme park. Photo taken 10/19/03.
An auxiliary signs touts the Texas 360 freeway as the Angus G. Wynne Jr. Freeway. The north-south freeway is named after the Kaufman County founder of Six Flags over Texas. Six Flags, which includes theme parks across the U.S., began at the Arlington site with an August 1961 opening. Six Flags derives its name from the six country flags that have flown over Texas during its history: Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States.1 Photo taken 10/19/03.
A trumpet interchange carries drivers from Exit 30 of Interstate 30 to Texas 360 and the westbound beginning of Six Flags Way. Six Flags Way spurs from the Texas 360 freeway frontage roads directly into the theme park grounds before turning southward to Randol Mill Road and Texas 180 (Division Street). Photo taken 10/19/03.
Drivers bound for the Texas 360 freeway utilize the freeway frontage roads to make the connection. Texas 360 constitutes a north-south freeway between Interstate 20 and Texas 183 (Airport Freeway) along the Arlington / Grand Prairie City line. Interests to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) should use Texas 360 north to Texas 183 east; Texas 360 south serves the Webb community of south Arlington in addition to the Joe Pool Lake area and Mansfield (junction U.S. 287). Photo taken 10/19/03.

Sources:

  1. Angus G. Wynne @ Wikipedia.org

Page Updated February 3, 2008.