Interstate 345 Texas

Interstate 345
History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 345 overlays the southernmost section of U.S. 75 along the Central Expressway between Downtown and Cle Elum in Dallas. The route is unmarked, with U.S. 75 signed alone on the mostly elevated route between IH 30 / IH 45 and State Spur 366 (Woodall Rogers Freeway).

Exits along IH 345 extend the IH 45 numbering system northward to SS 366 (Woodall Rogers Freeway). They reset at the exchange with Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which is Exit 1 along U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) southbound.1

History

IH 345 was built in conjunction with the IH 45 / Central Expressway project in the 1970s.2 The designation was approved by AASHTO on June 30, 1970.

Route Information

  • North End – Dallas, TX

  • South End – Dallas, TX

  • Mileage – 1.40

  • Cities – Dallas, TX

  • JunctionsI-30

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

This map inset from the 1986 Texas Official Map shows the routing of unsigned Interstate 345 between Interstate 30 and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway (Texas Spur 366).

TXDOT contacted local map companies and requested them not display Interstate 345 on their maps as to avoid confusion for motorists.

Highway Guides

North End US 75 – Dallas, Texas

I-345 US 75 North at

IH 345 north at US 75/SS 366 - Dallas, TX
IH 345 north at US 75/SS 366 - Dallas, TX

A two-wye interchange (Exit 286A) joins the north end of unmarked IH 345 with Woodall Rodgers Freeway (SS 366) west to the Stemmons Freeway and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to the Trinity Groves neighborhood. U.S. 75 exit numbers commence at succeeding off-ramp for Hall Street and Lemmon Avenue. Photos taken 08/06/19.

East at I-345 US 75

SS 366 east at IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

SS 366 east crosses the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River onto a viaduct connecting with IH 35E (Stemmons Freeway). SS 366 continues one mile east to U.S. 75 and IH 345. Photo taken 08/06/19.

SS 366 east at IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

Woodall Rodgers Freeway lowers into a tunnel below Klyde Warren Park one half mile west of U.S. 75/IH 345 (Central Expressway). The tunnel was completed in 2012. Photo taken 08/06/19.

SS 366 east at IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX
SS 366 east at IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

SS 366 ascends from the tunnel beyond Pearl Street, rising to a directional T interchange with U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) and IH 345 south by Uptown and the Old East Dallas community. Photos taken 08/06/19.

US 75 South at I-345

US 75/Central Expwy south at IH 345/SS 366 - Dallas, TX

U.S. 75 advances southward below grade along the Central Expressway toward the exchange with State Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) west to IH 35E (Stemmons Freeway) and the unmarked beginning of IH 345. Photo taken 08/06/19.

US 75/Central Expwy south at IH 345/SS 366 - Dallas, TX

Pull through signs refer to the remainder of U.S. 75 south along the IH 345 portion of the Central Expressway as IH 45. North Hall Street spans the freeway at the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 1A) for SS 366 west to IH 35E. Photo taken 08/06/19.

US 75/Central Expwy south at IH 345/SS 366 - Dallas, TX

The Woodall Rodgers Freeway (unsigned SS 366) runs between Uptown and Downtown Dallas, linking IH 345 and U.S. 75 with IH 35E (Stemmons Freeway) and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge crossing the Trinity River. Photo taken 08/06/19.

Throwback – US 75 South at I-345

IH 345 accompanies U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) 1.5 miles south from SS 366 to the four-level interchange with IH 30. Photos taken 09/05/09.

South End I-30 US 75 – Dallas, Texas

I-345 US 75 South at I-30 IH 45

IH 345/US 75 south at IH 30/45 - Dallas, TX

The initial sign for IH 30 appears along IH 345/U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) southbound within the exchange at SS 366 (Woodall Rodgers Freeway) west. Photo taken 09/05/09.

IH 345/US 75 south at IH 30/45 - Dallas, TX

Exit 284 departs from the Central Expressway south to Downtown and Deep Ellum just ahead of the four level interchange (Exit 284A with IH 30. Photo taken 09/05/09.

IH 345/US 75 south at IH 30/45 - Dallas, TX

U.S. 75 and IH 345 conclude as IH 45 commences a 285 mile coursr to Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. IH 45 replaced U.S. 75 south from Downtown Dallas to Galveston Island. Photo taken 09/05/09.

IH 345/US 75 south at IH 30/45 - Dallas, TX
IH 345/US 75 south at IH 30/45 - Dallas, TX

IH 45 begins on the top deck of the systems interchange with IH 30 and the Central Expressway. Two lanes curve east onto IH 30 toward Mesquite and Texarkana. Photos taken 09/05/09.

IH 45 North at I-30 I-345 US 75

IH 45 north at IH 30/345 - Dallas, TX

An end sign for IH 45 precedes the multi-level interchange with IH 30 and U.S. 75 / IH 345 (Central Expressway) by a half mile. U.S. 75 extends the IH 45 freeway northward to Colbert, Oklahoma, serving the communities of McKinney, Sherman and Denison, Texas. Photo taken by Justin Cozart (12/02).

I-30 East at IH 45 I-345 US 75

IH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

The IH 30 mainline continues east 1.25 miles to the distributor roadway for IH 45 south and IH 345/U.S. 75 north (Exit 46). Photo taken 10/19/03.

IH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

Ramps from IH 35E (Stemmons Freeway) to IH 30 east form a collector distributor roadway ahead of Hotel Street. The c/d roadway extends east to Cesar Chavez Boulevard and a separate distributor roadway for IH 45/345 and U.S. 75. Photo taken 10/19/03.

IH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

Akard Street crosses over IH 30 a half mile ahead of Exit 46 to IH 45/345. The succeeding interchange joins the outer roadways with the older Central Expressway (since renamed to Cesar Chavez Boulevard), which is the former route of U.S. 75. Photo taken 10/19/03.

IH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

Ramps from IH 30 east, parallel Griffin Street and the outer R.L Thornton Freeway roadway converge along the distributor roadway (Exit 46) for IH 45 and the Central Expressway. Photo taken 10/19/03.

IH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - Dallas, TXIH 30 east at IH 45/IH 345/US 75 - 2003

Exit 46 splits into ramps for unsigned IH 345 & U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) north toward McKinney and IH 45 south to Houston and Galveston. Photos taken 08/06/19 and 10/19/03.

I-30 West at IH 45 I-345 US 75

IH 30 west at IH 45/345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

One mile ahead of the four-level interchange (Exit 47B) with the Central Expressway north and IH 45 south on IH 30 westbound. Photo taken 08/06/19.

IH 30 west at IH 45/345/US 75 - Dallas, TX

Exit 47B splits into a single lane ramp for IH 45 south to southeast Dallas and Hutchins and IH 345/U.S. 75 north to Downtown and Belmont Park. Photo taken 08/06/19.

Sources:

  1. Michael R. Wilson, email: “I-45/I-345/US-75 in Dallas” August 11, 2003
  2. “From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Development of the Interstate Highway System in Texas” http://tti.tamu.edu/interstate_anniversary/white_paper/ by Penny Beaumont, Rhonda Brinkmann, David Ellis, Chris Pourteau, and Brandon V. Webb, Texas Transportation Institute, page 34.

Page updated August 16, 2019.