Loop 9 Project
First conceived in 1957, the concept of an "Outer Loop" freeway around the Dallas metropolitan area was introduced in 1964 by the Greater Dallas Planning Council's Regional Transportation Highway Plan.
- Although never finalized,t In 1995, the Loop 9 Feasibility and Route Alignment Study was authorized by Dallas County .
- In 1997, study efforts resulted in a "Technically Preferred Alignment" that was approved and/or adopted by many of the cities and agencies involved in the study. However, study efforts were temporarily suspended.
- From 2002 to 2006, the Loop 9 Feasibility Study was re-initiated to identify viable corridor alignments and modal alternatives for the study corridor to avoid and minimize impacts.
- Between 2006 and 2011, the Texas Department of Transportation prepared the Loop 9 Southeast Preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement and associated concept designs.
- November 2011, due to several changes in transportation planning in Texas and within the region, the Environmental Impact Statement study was put on hold
- In January 2012, the project was officially stopped.
- September 2012, a Loop 9 Corridor/Feasibility Study began for the revised Loop 9 project concept from US 67 to I-20.
- TxDOT began development of the schematic and Environmental Assessment for the section I-35E to I-45 in April of 2014
Loop 9 is a proposed state highway facility that will be located on the southeastern fringes of the DFW Metroplex. The route is expected to pass through southern Cedar Hill, and intersect U.S. Highway 67. The project will also intersect with I-35E in Glenn Heights, I-45 in Ferris, and I-20, where it will connect to I-635 and southern Mesquite.
TxDOT began development of the schematic and Environmental Assessment for the section I-35E to I-45 in April of 2014. Loop 9 and the outer loop are part of a long-term plan of adapting to a growing, expanding DFW population, estimated to surpass 10 million by 2040.
More information can be found on the project's website.