Texas State Highway 161 is part of the outer (outer) loop of Dallas currently being constructed all the way around the city, ignoring that pesky Fort Worth. Other parts of the roadway include the planned Loop 9 to the south, and George Bush Turnpike. The latter road is currently being extended east and south of its current terminus.

The newest section of SH 161 to open is about 5 miles long and stretches south from SH 183 in Irving and ends spitting distance from Interstate 30. The new toll road provides a direct link from Dallas’ wealthy northern suburbs to the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, just west on I-30. This new stretch of roadway opened during the first week of August, 2009 – but all lanes opened a few weeks ago.

SH 161 south from SH 183

Just north of IH 30, ahead of the current end of SH 161.

The road is 6 lanes of very bright concrete, and has very little traffic, as evidenced by the photos above.