Interstate 30 in Texas
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Interstate 30 or I -30 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Texas. The freeway runs from Interstate 20, just west of Fort Worth, through the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area to the Arkansas border at Texarkana. The highway runs through northeast Texas. The route is 360 kilometers long.
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Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex
Interstate 30 at Arlington.
The highway branches off Interstate 20 just west of Fort Worth, which runs parallel to I-30. After a few kilometers one enters the metropolitan area of Dallas – Fort Worth. The first node is a 4-level stack node. This node is exactly symmetrical and has 4 layers. It crosses Interstate 820, which has no Control City’s, but only has “north” or “south” on the signage, which can be confusing. After this, I-30 counts 2×3 lanes. One passes first through a few small suburbs, and then comes to Fort Worth, a city of 653,000 inhabitants. Like everywhere in the United States, the residential areas consist of low-rise buildings. Just before the center of the city, the road has 2×4 lanes, and the skyline is visible from the freeway. A large massive interchange crosses Interstate 35 West, the western branch of I-35 through the metropolitan area. This node has 5 layers, because an underlying road network also runs underneath. One then returns to the leafy suburbs of Fort Worth.
In the east of Fort Worth, it again crosses Interstate 820, which forms a ring road around Fort Worth. After this, the road narrows to 2×3 lanes. One then enters the immense suburb of Arlington, which has 367,000 inhabitants. One then crosses the SR-360, for which purpose interchange is only possible via the secondary road network. Six Flags is next to this interchange. This leads to the suburb of Grand Prairie, which has a population of 127,000. This section is part of the former Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, a toll road, so connections are still being built that indicate the former toll gates. One then crosses the SR-12, which is part of the Dallas ring. After this there are 2×4 lanes. The Dallas skyline can be seen from afar. A complex interchange crosses Interstate 35 East, the eastern branch of I-35 through the metropolitan area. From here one can go to Oklahoma City or San Antonio.
Interstate 30 east of Downtown Dallas.
You then pass directly along the center, and there are 2×3 lanes available, with additional parallel lanes with 3 lanes each in each direction. The road is below ground level here. Some connections are very strangely constructed, dating back to earlier times. A 4-level stack interchange crosses Interstate 45 to the south, and US 75 to the north, with the north-south route running at the top level, which is a rarity with stacks. East of this, 2×4 normal lanes are available. There are many turns within a short distance, resulting in many weaves. In eastern Dallas, US 80. strikesdown southeast to Interstate 20. You then pass through the suburb of Mesquite, which has 137,000 inhabitants. From here, I-30 curves northeast, and 2×3 lanes are available. Via yet another 4-level stack one crosses the Interstate 635, which largely forms the ring of Dallas.
One then passes through the suburb of Garland, with 216,000 inhabitants one of the largest in the agglomeration. A causeway crosses Ray Hubbard Lake, one of the reservoirs that provide Dallas’ water supply. The last suburb is Rockwall, leaving the conurbation after 115 kilometres.
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From here the I-30 gets to Frontage Roads. There are only 2×2 lanes left for traffic. One passes through the town of Greenville, where one crosses US 69, which runs from Denison on the Oklahoma border to Tyler in the southeast. It also crosses US 380, which runs from here to Denton, forming the northern border of the Dallas metropolitan area. On the way you pass through slightly sloping area with occasional forests. US 67 runs parallel or along with I-30. At Mount Pleasant you cross the US 271, which runs from Paris to Longview, 2 regional cities in northeast Texas. One then passes through a heavily wooded area, and crosses US 259, which runs south from Idabel, Oklahoma, to Longview. There are many pumpjacks in the woods near New Boston. Here one crosses the US 82, which runs from Paris to Texarkana, and runs parallel to the I-30.
You then arrive in Texarkana, a city that is divided in two by the state border between Texas and Arkansas, so that’s where the name of the city comes from. A number of roads make up the city’s highway ring, including US 59. At the cloverleaf of the US 59 and US 71 you cross the border into Arkansas. The state line runs exactly across the center of the cloverleaf. Here Interstate 30 in Arkansas continues to Little Rock.