Roadside Views, North of I-635
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Page last updated or reviewed: Created November 1, 2007. Last updated June 1, 2015 (review and update captions)
2015 status: There have been some changes to the corridor as of 2015, including construction of the interchange at SH 121, modification of the toll plazas and the addition of auxiliary lanes, as noted in the affected photos. The other views are generally accurate as of 2015. However, work to widen the section between Bush Turnpike and SH 121 is scheduled to begin in 2015.
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This is the original Dallas North Tollway sign, a distinctive design called the "Circle D" which was used from the opening of the tollway in 1968 to its official retirement in 2013. However, I still seemed to see the Circle D sign after 2013 and as of 2015 I don't know if all the Circle D signs have been replaced. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
Looking north from the south side of the interchange at I-635 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. The tollway is on the ground level, I-635 is on the middle level, and the frontage road connections are on the upper level. Interstate 635 was widened during the LBJ Express project, completed in 2015, but the Dallas North Toll Road was minimally affected by the project. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
High resolution Looking north from the westbound I-635 frontage road. The tollway ahead is very narrow and very congested during rush hour. The Galleria shopping and office complex is on the right. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
Looking north, north of Spring Valley. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
High resolution This view looks north, south of Belt Line. The toll plaza structure was modified when the NTTA toll road system became all-electronic. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
Looking north at Belt Line. The intersection at Belt Line is probably the most severely congested on the Dallas North Tollway, especially in the afternoon. The Frankford intersection is the second most congested. (Photo date: 18-Nov-2007)
The tollway is in a narrow trench underneath Arapaho and the railroad. This view looks south toward Arapaho. (Photo date: 26-May-2007)
Looking north at the toll plaza in Addison near Keller Springs (Photo date: 2-Oct-2004)
2015 Photo status: Partially obsolete Most of the toll plaza was removed when the NTTA system became all electronic.
High resolution Looking south at the Addison toll plaza (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
2015 Photo status: Partially obsolete Most of the toll plaza was removed when the NTTA system became all electronic.
Looking south at Trinity Mills (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
At the Frankford intersection on January 1, 2009. Gasoline was around $4.00 per gallon in the summer of 2008 but had dropped to $1.40 per gallon due to the economic crisis and oil price collapse. Gasoline prices have not been at $1.40 per gallon since this photo, although they were around $1.75/gallon in early 2015. (Photo date: 1-Jan-2009)
High resolution Looking south at the Bush Turnpike interchange (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
Looking north at the Bush Turpike interchange, with Plano Parkway just ahead. (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
Looking south north of Park (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
2015 Photo status: Partially obsolete This section is slated to be widened to four lanes in each direction, with work scheduled to begin in 2015.
At the north toll plaza. The guardrail supports have rubber impact absorbers. The Dallas North Tollway is the first place I noticed this type of guardrail design. (Photo date: 2-June-2007)
2015 Photo status: Partially obsolete Most of the toll plaza was removed when the NTTA system became all electronic.
Looking south from the Tennyson overpass. This is in north Plano at the Legacy development. (Photo date: 3-June-2007)
High resolution Looking north from Tennyson (Photo date: 3-June-2007)
Looking south at Headquarters Drive (Photo date: 3-June-2007)
2015 Photo status: Partially obsolete Connection ramps to the interchange with the Sam Rayburn Turnpike were built at this location, including an elevated ramp on the right side (southbound).
High resolution Looking north with the Highway 121 intersection ahead. At the time of the photo, the tollway ended on the far side of the overpass. The northward extension opened on September 28, 2007. (Photo date: 3-June-2007)
2015 Photo status: Obsolete A five-level interchange at the Sam Rayburn Turnpike was built just ahead, opening in 2011.