Highway 190/President George Bush Turnpike (190/GBT) is the east-west freeway across the northern Dallas suburbs.
It has been on Dallas planning maps since the 1950's and designated a freeway since 1964,
but after nearly being cancelled in the 1980's, it came back to life in the early 1990's
when construction finally began. This much-needed freeway will be a tollway due to
insufficient TxDOT funding for freeways. Nevertheless, it is a top-quality facility, and
the north Dallas suburbs are happy to get it any way they can.
On July 31, 2001, the section of the 190/GBT from IH-35E to Marsh opened. This completed the north section of 190/GBT, providing
a continous link from IH-35E to Texas 78 in Garland. Construction on the $418 million
GBT-Superconnector between IH-35E and 161 at IH-635 should be underway by early 2002, for a 2004 completion.
The eastern segment from Texas 78 to IH-30 is scheduled to begin construction in the
summer of 2004.
190/GBT is built on a
right-of-way width of the corridor is minimum of 400 feet, so there is space for
future expansion. Most of the bridges have been built with extra width to facilitate expansion.
The eastern beginning of 190/Bush Turnpike at SH78.
This section opened in September 2000. A third southbound lane was already under construction in August 2001.
The 190/75 interchange, completed in 1997. This is the first four-level interchange in Texas in
more than 25 years to have the main lanes on the upper level. Motorists can drive the 190 lanes
through the interchange without paying a toll.
View of the 190/US75 interchange, looking north along US75.
A typical tollway section between US75 and the Dallas north Tollway.
The 190/Dallas North Tollway 4-level interchange, completed in 1995.
This interchange was completed about 4 years in advance of the tollway main lanes, and stood
derelict during that time. If 190 had not been constructed as a tollway, the interchange would have
been derelict for 10-20 years.
View of the interchange, looking north along the Dallas North Tollway.