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Roadways Names and Traffic Tips

When driving around town, you might want to tune your radio to KRLD 1080 AM for traffic reports every 8 minutes. (MapQuest is a great Internet resource for Dallas-Fort Worth traffic information.) Needless to say, traffic reports are useful-- you can take alternate routes to get to your destination if there is a major traffic problem.

Often, local traffic reporters (and residents) will use different names to describe the same highway. This is because Dallas-Fort Worth honors popular people by naming freeways and highways after them. Nice, huh?

Here is a table that will get you up-to-speed with the different Metroplex highway names:

Airport Freeway State Highways 183 and 121
C.F. Hawn Freeway US Highway 175
DFW Turnpike IH 30
East Freeway IH 30
George Bush Turnpike State Highway 190
J. Elmer Weaver Freeway US Highway 67
Jim Wright Freeway, N, S, NE, & NW; East Freeway North and East Freeway South; Northeast Loop; Southeast Loop; Southwest Loop IH 820
John W. Carpenter Freeway State Highways 114 and 183
Julius Schepps Freeway IH 45
LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) Freeway or LBJ-635 IH 635
Marvin D. Love Freeway US Highway 67
Main Street US Highway 377
North Central Expressway US Highway 75
North Dallas Tollway, The Tollway, Dallas Parkway (north of 635) State Highway 190
North Freeway IH 35W
Northwest Highway Spur 244

Northwest Highway, Buckner, Walton Walker Blvd., Ledbetter

Loop 12
Preston Road State Highway 289
R. L. Thornton Freeway East IH 30
R. L . Thornton Freeway South IH 35E
Stemmons Freeway IH 35
South Freeway IH 35W
Tom Landry Freeway IH 30
Watson Road State Highway 360
West Freeway IH 30
Woodall Rodgers Freeway Spur 366

Also, you might want to locate your destination with the tool at the bottom of this page and then map the site with MapBlast!. It seems that Mapblast! is more accurate for travel directions-- print out the information for easy reference. However, MapQuest tends to have better graphics.

The DFW International Airport is often used by travelers that are destined for Dallas-Fort Worth. The DFW International Airport, the world's fifth most active airport, is located less than four hours from any major city in the continental United States. Also, DFW airport is truly a global gateway, offering approximately 60 non-stop international departures and serving destinations in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Once you've arrived here, you might be interested in reading our Introduction to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

If you're new to the area, you might find that The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, Trinity Railway Express, or the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) are useful for getting around the Metroplex.

Lastly, if you are a new or current resident, you might want to keep Mapsco in your vehicle -- it's a detailed area map-- and local ads often refer to it. Mapsco can be found at a local Wal-Mart or office-supply store in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.


Make sure to check the other Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Guides that are online.

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