Texas State Highway 360


Texas State Highway 360

Infobox TX State Highway
type=TX



route=360
length_mi=28.00
length_round=2
length_ref=TxDOT|SH|360|accessdate=2008-03-13]
formed=1955
dir1=South
dir2=North
from=jct|state=TX|US|287 near Mansfield
junction=jct|state=TX|SH|183
jct|state=TX|I|20
jct|state=TX|I|30
to=jct|state=TX|SH|121 at Grapevine
previous_type=TX
previous_route=359
next_type=TX
next_route=361

State Highway 360 or SH 360 is a convert|28.00|mi|km|2|sing=on north-south state highway in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in the U.S. state of Texas.

History

The freeway was constructed in different stages over the course of several decades. For the most part, each section's frontage roads were built first, handling all of the traffic years before the actual freeway portion was completed (or even begun). Similarly, the interchanges at Interstate 20, Interstate 30, and Highway 183 were in place long before the freeway lanes were completed.

The interchange at Interstate 30 is a holdover from when that freeway was a toll road (see Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike). The design was such that any traffic moving from one freeway to the other was routed through one common, bi-directional ramp. This was a cost-saving measure as it required fewer toll booths. However, this remains a major bottleneck, compounded by the fact that it intersects with surface streets, and is near a major tourist attraction, Six Flags Over Texas.

Route description

It has its northern terminus at State Highway 121 in Grapevine as a freeway. It follows the western boundary of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to its interchange with State Highway 183 near Euless, and then takes a nearly north-south course through Arlington roughly on its boundary with Grand Prairie, with complicated access to Interstate 30, the former Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, and an interchange with Interstate 20 on the south side of Arlington. The original alignment south of Highway 183 was called Watson Road.cite map|publisher=Google Maps|title=Overview map of SH 360|accessdate=2008-03-08|url=http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=986834171392467364,32.523980,-97.085970%3B12033556972891042119,32.908191,-97.098902&saddr=S+sh+360%2FTX-360+%4032.523980,+-97.085970&daddr=TX-360+N+%4032.908191,+-97.098902&doflg=ptm&sll=32.716085,-97.076355&sspn=0.663218,1.505127&ie=UTF8&z=10]

The segment through Arlington is officially designated as the "Angus G. Wynne Freeway" (after the founder of Six Flags); however, neither the official designation nor the older Watson Road name are locally used, the road is generally called "360".

Junction list

References


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