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LBJ Freeway (IH-635), 1971 OCEA
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The LBJ Freeway (IH-635) begins at I-20 (southeast Dallas), travels northward towards US80 and I-30, and then turns northwest near the border between Dallas and Garland. The road continues west at the Dallas North Tollway intersection and its origin, I-35E (Farmers Branch). It then veers to the northwest before arriving at its final terminus at the north entrance of DFW. The freeway was originally designated as a loop around east Dallas in 1959.


The first section of the LBJ Freeway that opened to motorists was from US 75 (North Central Expressway) westward to I-35E. However, the I-635 designation was subverted by the rerouting of I-20 south of Dallas to Terrell; the designation was removed from I-35E to its intersection with I-20. The additional westward expansion to the north entrance of DFW airport opened in the 1980s. In 2005, the completion of the Dallas High Five interchange (with US 75) also brought improvements such as the two added high-occupancy vehicle lanes, continuous frontage roads, and new left turn and U-turn lanes improve overall ease of use.  

Photo Credit: Bob Smith, Photographer Environmental Protection Agency

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