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Texas A&M Transportation Institute

If you think you waste a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're right. A new report says drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth lose nearly three days every year stuck in traffic.


Dallas drivers may contend with extra traffic this weekend for the BMW Dallas Marathon. 

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m.

This evening's rush hour could have been a lot worse. 

The High Five interchange in northern Dallas — U.S. Highway 75 and Interstate 635 — was shut down for most of the day Thursday after a tanker truck rolled on its side and spilled hazardous materials.

It took hours for crews to clean up the mess. As of 3 p.m. all lanes of 75 and 635 were reopened, save for the ramp from southbound 75 to eastbound 635, where the accident occurred around 4:15 this morning.


Central Expressway will be shut down in both directions in parts of Plano and Richardson this weekend, starting early Saturday morning.

U.S. Highway 75 between Renner Road in Richardson and 15th Street in Plano will be closed so crews can remove the remaining portion of the Plano Parkway overpass.

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Not news: Traffic in Dallas is more or less awful.

News: Dallas drivers didn't sit in it for quite as long last year.


In North Texas, no place is booming like Plano. As sparkling new residential and retail hubs continue to sprout, companies like Toyota plan to bring in 15,000 new employees over the next year.

That’s a big business opportunity – and a big headache when it comes to moving all of those people around town.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas traffic costs drivers time and money; Texas Monthly will still cover politics, editor clarifies; check out the horns on this steer; and more.

Texas Senator Wants Teens To Learn What To Do During Police Stops

Oct 4, 2016
Otis Blank / The Texas Tribune

"Comply, then complain" and similar phrases could become all too familiar to Texas' newest drivers, as lawmakers work this week to push two solutions to the rift between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Can Dallas Drivers Survive A 12-Hour Shutdown Of I-35E This Weekend?

Jun 22, 2016
Dallas Horseshoe Project / Facebook

Every southbound lane of I-35E is closing through downtown Dallas, starting Friday at 10 p.m. But relax: The shutdown's only supposed to last 12 hours.

Dallas Horseshoe Project / Facebook

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Jen R / Flickr Creative Commons

If you drive around North Texas, you’re often stuck in traffic. Go around the state and it’s even worse.

I-35 In Austin Is The Most Congested Roadway In Texas

Nov 10, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Austin drivers who complain about Interstate Highway 35 have been validated. A new report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute named the stretch of I-35 between U.S. 290 N and SH 71 as the most congested roadway in Texas.

Texas Troopers Ticketing Fewer Overall, But More Hispanics

Sep 7, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The share of Hispanics receiving traffic citations from state police has doubled in the last five years, even as the total number of tickets written and total number issued to whites have dropped significantly, according to Texas Department of Public Safety data on non-commercial drivers.

Marcia Cirillo / Flickr

North Texas drivers are intimately familiar with accidents slowing down the morning commute. However, Tuesday's accident on Interstate 35E was unusual.


More than 11,000 residents in Arlington have signed a petition to remove the city's red light cameras. The City Council voted Tuesday to put the issue on the May ballot. 

But a Republican state House member from Bedford wants to go a step further. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland filed a bill for a statewide ban on red light cameras -- and he sat down with KERA to talk about why he wants to eliminate the cameras.  

BJ Austin / KERA News

Air traffic took off in November at Dallas Love Field thanks in part to the end of the Wright Amendment in October. But there’s more to it.

Dallas Police Department

The President George Bush Turnpike and Dallas North Tollway interchange was a traffic nightmare Monday afternoon, but it should be ready for Tuesday morning's commute.

AshleyLowellDoussard/‏@AshleyNBC5 / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: more details on Tuesday’s strange traffic scene on LBJ; Big Hoss has its big debut; a Northeast Texas woman has given birth to quintuplets; and more. 

Guess Where The Worst Traffic Spots Are In Dallas?

Mar 14, 2014
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Worst traffic spots in Texas listed in new study; $400,000 worth of sorority pins stolen in inside job; Texas Revolution is center of upcoming History Channel series; and more.

Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.

For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.

The express lanes on Interstate 30 between Arlington and Dallas closed today. It will take two years to rebuild them as "managed toll lanes."

It's tough out there for commuters.

A new U.S. Census report shows that more than 10 million Americans commute an hour or more each way to work. (And more folks commute into Dallas County -- a half-million-plus -- than into just about any other county in the country. Plus ... you guessed it ... almost all of them arrive by car.)

Stephen Witherden / flickr

If you have not paid that traffic ticket or minor citation, now may be the best time to take care of it. North Texas police are getting ready to arrest you.

For KERA's Voice Of Traffic, Legs Make Headlines

Nov 28, 2012

Our own Bruce Gunn gets his moment in the sun in D magazine's latest issue -- thanks to an amazing streak: The man didn't wear pants for 1,494 consecutive days. 

Interstate 10 has reopened near Beaumont after a 100-vehicle Thanksgiving-morning wreck that killed two and sent more than 50 people to the hospital. Police blamed fog.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Celebrating Thanksgiving's eve animal-style, the magic of lip dubs and more.

Think the mall parking lots are going to be a zoo on Friday? Just check out the real thing today.

It’s Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo.  Admission for everyone is $1. And that means a stampede of kids out of school, relatives in town for Thanksgiving and minivans trying to get off I-35E at the Marsalis exit.

Justin Cozart / (cc) flickr

It’s “Spring Break” this week for most North Texas public schools and universities, but fewer students and families are planning out-of-town road trips. KERA’s BJ Austin says they’re sticking to the local freeways and attractions closer to home.

Brett Chisum / flickr

The ribbon was cut on the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge across the Trinity River in Dallas Sunday. But the bridge won’t open to traffic until late this month. KERA’s BJ Austin says when it does, transportation planners predict it’ll bring some relief to the highly congested downtown mixmaster.