Interstate 44 and 49 in Texas

By | October 27, 2022

Texas Interstate 44

Get started Wichita Falls
End Burkburnett
Length 15 mi
Length 24 km
1-6: Wichita Falls

1 Downtown Wichita Falls

1C Frontage road

2 Old Iowa Park Road

3A → Vernon

3C Airport Drive

4 Frontage road

5A Missile Road

6 Hemme Road

7 Frontage road

11 Daniels Road

12 Burkburnett

13 Burkburnett

14 Burkburnett


According to watchtutorials, Interstate 44 or I -44 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Texas. I-44 runs from the city of Wichita Falls to the Oklahoma state border at Burkburnett and is 15 miles long.

Travel directions

I-44 at Wichita Falls.

I-44 intersects the city of Wichita Falls with US 287, which runs from Fort Worth to Amarillo. I-44 is actually a continuation of US 287 from Fort Worth, which is already a freeway in place. The starting point of I-44 is an interchange with US 82 and US 277. The first section of I-44 runs on two separate 3-lane overpasses that are two city blocks apart. After that, I-44 has 2×4 lanes through the suburbs of Wichita Falls, then US 287 branches off to Amarillo and I-44 continues north with 2×2 lanes. The highway leads past Sheppard Air Force Base and then through flat prairie land. The highway continues past Burkburnett, after which one crosses the Red River, which also forms the border with the state of Oklahoma. Interstate 44 in Oklahoma then continues to Lawton and Oklahoma City.


In 1960, the first section of I-44 opened, a short stretch between downtown and Sheppard Air Force Base. I-44 continued to open between Wichita Falls and Burnburnett in 1964, but the connection to US 82 and US 287 was interrupted by 13 traffic lights in downtown for years. A split highway was opened in 2001, with both carriageways running on 13-block viaducts in the median strip along the center.

Traffic intensities

The data below concerns intensities after the relevant exit.

Exit Location 2007 2016
1 Wichita Falls 61,000 73,000
3 Wichita Falls 26,000 28,000
12 Oklahoma state line 13,800 13,000

Lane Configuration

From Unpleasant Lanes Comments
Exit 1 Exit 3 2×3 Wichita Falls
Exit 3 Exit 14 2×2

Interstate 49 in Texas

Begin Texarkana
End Ashdown
Length 5 mi
Length 8 km


According to Citypopulationreview, Interstate 49 or I -49 is a future Interstate Highway in the US state of Texas. I-49 will run only about 5 miles through the extreme northeast of Texas, near Texarkana.

Travel directions

I-49 begins on the Arkansas border on the north side of the twin city of Texarkana. Here, I-49 intersects US 71 in Arkansas and then curves through the extreme northeast of Texas. There are no places on the route, nor are there any major intersecting roads, but two connections are still planned. After approximately 8 kilometers the border with Arkansas again follows, which is formed by the Red River. After that, Interstate 49 in Arkansas continues north toward Ashdown and Fort Smith.


On May 13, 2013, a 15-mile section of Interstate 49 opened in Arkansas along the northeast side of Texarkana, terminating at US 59/71, right on the Texas border.


It has been decided to build I-49 between Texarkana and Fort Smith in the long term, with the route going through Texas for a short time. It is not yet known when this will be built and who will finance the project. For the state of Texas, I-49 has no added value. Construction is unlikely to begin until I-49 continues through Arkansas.

Hempstead Tollway

Get started cypress
End Houston
Length 40 km

The Hempstead Tollway is a planned toll road in the US state of Texas, located in the Houston metropolitan area. The new toll road is to be built parallel to the Northwest Freeway ( US 290 ) between the future interchange with SH 99 (Grand Parkway) and Interstate 610 with a planned length of 40 kilometers.

Travel directions

The Hempstead Tollway is to begin at Bauer Road, just west of the planned interchange between the Northwest Freeway and the Grand Parkway, Houston’s outer ring road. This point is 31 miles from downtown Houston. The toll road will be constructed between the start point and the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8) largely immediately adjacent to existing US 290, south of the highway over an existing railroad right-of-way. This route will deviate at two points from the US 290, which curves around Cypress and Satsum, while the Hempstead Tollway can continue straight above the railway. The section between the Sam Houston Tollway and Interstate 610will also be constructed over the rail corridor, which runs here a little further from US 290, at a maximum distance of 1.5 kilometers. The Hempstead Tollway will then connect to I-610 between US 290 and I-10. The I-610 will be widened for this, in fact the section between US 290 and I-10 will become one large interchange that covers 4 kilometers with a peak of 21 lanes plus 6 frontage roads. The function of the Hempstead Tollway is similar to other toll roads in the Houston area, such as the Hardy Toll Road along I-45, the Westpark Tollway, and the managed lanes of the Katy Freeway (I-10).


It is not known when the Hempstead Tollway will be constructed exactly. It was originally planned to upgrade the Northwest Freeway (US 290) on a small scale and build the new toll capacity as a parallel toll road. However, in 2014 the project to build the Hempstead Tollway as a separate toll road was postponed and the Northwest Freeway is being upgraded on a large scale. In 2020, however, the plan came back on the table.

The Northwest Freeway (US 290) has been widened from 2×3 lanes plus HOV alternating lane to 2×5 lanes with HOV alternating lane. The Hempstead Tollway will be constructed with 2×2 lanes, so that 7 lanes are available per rush hour. The expansion of road capacity on this corridor is necessary as the urban area to the west and northwest of Houston will grow rapidly. The cost of the Hempstead Tollway is estimated at $1.8 billion which will be recovered through tolls. The Hempstead Tollway will be constructed by the Harris County Toll Road Authority, which also manages the other toll roads in the region.

Interstate 49 in Texas