President George Bush Turnpike, Texas


Get started Garland
End Irving
Length 55 mi
Length 89 km
  • → Fort Worth / Dallas
  • Mayfield Road
  • Pioneer Parkway
  • Marshall Drive
  • Jefferson Street
  • → Fort Worth / Dallas
  • Carrier Parkway
  • Lower Tarrant Road
  • Trinity Boulevard
  • Conflans Road
  • Northgate Drive
  • Walnut Hill Lane
  • Belt Line Road
  • Toll Plaza
  • → Dallas / Grapevine
  • MacArthur Boulevard
  • → Dallas / Grapevine
  • Valley View Lane
  • Belt Line Road
  • Toll Plaza
  • → Dallas / Denton
  • Old Denton Road
  • Josey Lane
  • Kelly Boulevard
  • Toll Plaza
  • Frankford Road
  • Rosemeade Parkway
  • Dallas North Tollway
  • Preston Road
  • Toll Plaza
  • Coit Road
  • Waterview Parkway
  • Custer Road
  • Alma Road
  • → Dallas / McKinney
  • Plano Road
  • Jupiter Road
  • Rider Road
  • Toll Plaza
  • Lookout Drive
  • Campbell Road
  • Garland Avenue
  • Fire Road
  • SH 78 Wylie
  • Crist Road
  • Old Miles Road
  • Pleasant Valley Road
  • Merrit-Liberty Grove Connector
  • Lakeview Parkway
  • Miller Road
  • → Dallas / Texarkana

According to Biotionary, the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) is a turnpike or toll road in the U.S. state of Texas. The interstate connects the northern and western suburbs of Dallas. The toll road is named after George Herbert Walker Bush, the US president who ruled from 1989 to 1993. The George Bush Turnpike is 89 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The Bush Turnpike at Carrollton.

The President George Bush Turnpike arcs through the northern and western suburbs of Dallas, from I-30 east of Garland to I-20 south of Grande Prairie. The highway runs through the major suburbs of Dallas, such as Garland, Plano, Carrollton, Irving and Grande Prairie. Most of the Bush Turnpike has 2×4 lanes, large parts also have frontage roads. The interstate intersects several major highways in the Dallas area through major interchanges, such as US 75, the Dallas North Tollway, Interstate 35E, and SH 183, plus I-20 and I-30.

The George Bush Turnpike is an electronic toll road. The highway is an important corridor for inter-suburban traffic, as well as providing indirect access to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which it passes a short distance east of. The Bush Turnpike is usually located 20 to 25 kilometers outside the center of Dallas.

road numbers

The President George Bush Turnpike falls under two road numbers. The portion west of I-35E is numbered State Highway 161 and east of it as State Highway 190. In fact, the road number applies only to the frontage roads and the President George Bush Turnpike itself is unnumbered.


The interchange with I-635.

State Highway 161

SH 161 was added to the state highway network in 1977, serving as a north-south route from I-20 to SH 114 in western Dallas County. In 1979 the route was extended a short distance to I-635. Another extension followed in 1988, to I-35E in Carrollton. In 1998 SH 161 was formally split into two parts, the intermediate part of the frontage roads between Belt Line Road and I-635 then formally no longer became part of SH 161. The route was then routed over the main carriageways of the Bush Turnpike.

State Highway 190

In 1977, SH 190 was added to the state highway network as an east-west route from I-35E to SH 78 in Garland. In 1991, the route was extended along the northeast side of Dallas, from SH 78 to I-20. Since 1995, only the frontage roads of the Bush Turnpike have been numbered as SH 190.

President George Bush Turnpike

The old road “number” shield.

The corridor and turnpike was first proposed as a Dallas bypass in 1957. In 1964 it was decided to turn it into a freeway, as Loop 9, and would circle all of Dallas. In 1977 this ring road was fired as a plan, and construction of the first frontage roads did not begin until 1988 in Garland and Richardson. A major junction followed in 1990with the US 75. In 1995 the toll road was approved, which freed up money for the construction. The first section of toll road only opened in 1998, leaving the large interchange in Richardson unused for nearly 8 years. In 1993 and 1994, however, two short stretches of freeway were opened, east and west of Dallas. Further extensions were opened in 2000 and 2001, and a section to the airport opened in 2005. On December 21, 2011, the eastbound extension to I-30 in Rowlett opened to traffic. Construction cost nearly $1 billion because of the bridge over Ray Hubbard Lake. On October 15, 2012, the as yet final section between I-20 and I-30 through Grande Prairie opened.


In 2014-2015, a left-hand rush -hour lane was constructed in Irving over a 10-kilometre stretch in both directions, from Conflans Road to SH 114. This is comparable to a plus lane. They were first deployed on September 14, 2015. Traffic flow improved significantly, with average rush hour speed increasing from 31 to 66 mph.

Work began in 2015 to widen the President George Bush Turnpike through the northern suburbs to 2×4 lanes. A wide central reservation was available for the widening, so that the work could be carried out quickly and cheaply. On November 14, 2016, Phase 1 between US 75 and the Dallas North Tollway opened with 2×4 lanes. On October 23, 2018, 2×4 lanes opened between US 75 and SH 78. On July 9, 2019, the 4th lane opened between Frankford Road and the Dallas North Tollway. On December 24, 2019, the widening between the Dallas North Tollway to I-35E was completed.

On August 1, 2019, the turnpike widening between I-35E and Belt Line Road, the westernmost portion of the toll road, began. This section opened in October 2021. A separate project is the widening of SH 161 between SH 183 and Belt Line Road in Irving to 2×4 lanes. This section currently has 2×3 lanes, of which the left lane is a narrower ‘interim lane’ ( plus lane ). The project is 9 kilometers long. The widening is in line with the widening of the toll road section of the President George Bush Turnpike. The widening to I-20 was completed in April 2022.

Opening history

From Unpleasant Length Date
Fire Road SH 78 1.5 km 00-00-1993
SH 183 Belt Line Road 5.5 km 00-00-1994
Midway Road Preston Road 4.5 km 04-12-1998
Preston Road Coit Road 3.1 km 30-06-1999
Coit Road Campbell Road 12.2 km 21-12-1999
Campbell Road Fire Road 3.1 km 29-04-2000
Marsh Lane Midway Road 1.7 km 00-03-2001
I-35E Marsh Lane 7.9 km 31-07-2001
Belt Line Road I-635 6.1 km 21-12-2001
I-635 I-35E 8.8 km 09-09-2005
I-30 SH 183 10.0 km 02-08-2009
SH 78 I-30 16.0 km 21-12-2011
I-20 I-30 10.4 km 15-10-2012


It stacks with SH 183 in Irving.

Rowlett – Mesquite

A study is underway to see if the President George Bush Turnpike on the east side of the region could be extended southward from I-30 to I-20. The first studies were carried out as early as 1969. The missing part is 17 kilometers long.

Mesquite – Midlothian

There are also plans to extend the road to US 287, with a speed limit of 85 mph, 135 kph.

Traffic intensities

The data below concerns intensities at a mainline toll gantry (MLTG).

Exit Location 2007 2013 2016
Main Lane Plaza 5: Rowlett 47,500 66,200
Main Lane Plaza 6: Richardson 50,000 68,900 83,000
Mainlane Plaza 7: Plano 117,000 145,900 151,900
Main Lane Plaza 8: Carrollton 99,000 119,900 117,900
Main Lane Plaza 9: Carrollton 65,000 98,200 109,900
Main Lane Plaza 10: Irving 44,000 83,600 109,200


The President George Bush Turnpike is a toll road operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority. A small section in Irving is toll-free between SH 183 and Beltline Road for about 9 kilometers.

The toll can be paid with a TollTag or with the ZipCash system, whereby the owner of the vehicle will be sent an invoice. It is no longer possible to pay cash at the toll gates themselves.

Lane Configuration

From Unpleasant Lanes Comments
I-20 SH 183 2×4
SH 183 SH 114 2×3 left lane is a rush hour lane
SH 114 I-35E 2×4
I-35E SH 78 2×4
SH 78 I-30 2×3

President George Bush Turnpike, Texas

President George Bush Turnpike, Texas
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