ABOUT MY 35
Frequently Asked Questions
MY 35 Project
Interstate 35 Expansion
Interstate 35 Expansion - Waco FAQs
When will construction actually begin?
The Hillsboro, Waco and Temple areas have been experiencing initial phase construction projects for several years. However, federally-funded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Texas voter-approved Prop 12 construction projects for I-35 will begin in 2010. Initial construction projects creating major interchanges, for the interstate and major connecting roadways in the urban areas specifically in Temple, Waco and Hillsboro are already providing improved traffic flow in those areas. Additional main lane construction in these and the rural areas of the corridor will be underway within at least three years.
Approximately how long a period of time will it take from start to finish?
Due to the 94-mile length of the project, construction will take three to five years to complete. Right of Way acquisition and the utility relocation process will be the major issue determining the overall length of time required for this expansion.
Which areas will be under construction first?
Some areas in Waco and Temple/Belton already have three lanes in each direction. Construction will start in these areas and move north and south to fill in the gaps. The priority areas include south of the I-35E/I-35W split in Hill County, Loop 340 on the south side of Waco toward Hewitt and on the North side toward West, the Belton area south toward Salado and south of Salado to the Williamson County Line.
Will the proposed improvements provide a solution to current traffic conditions or will they allow for future anticipated growth as well?
These added capacity projects will improve the current traffic conditions by providing a safer, more efficient facility. Improvements are based on projected traffic conditions for the year 2025. In the urban areas of the corridor, there are greater issues involved in determining the maximum number of lanes that are feasible. If some of those issues become so great that capacity cannot be achieved on the existing corridor, for planning purposes, alternate routes may have to be considered.
What solution is proposed for existing traffic while rebuilding I-35?
Two options are being considered. First, in the rural areas of the corridor, two lanes will remain open at all times in each direction of travel. Concrete barriers will separate the traveling public from the construction work zones and emergency "pull over" areas will exist within all phases of construction. Second, freeway reconstruction projects have additional options that allow traffic to continue while it is being reconstructed. We are evaluating the possibility, in the urban areas, of diverting traffic to alternate facilities which would be designated as construction relief routes.
What about safety and speed limits during construction?
TxDOT will work with cities, communities and local law enforcement agencies to implement a plan for active speed control. The Department is also working on an Incident Management Plan to notify drivers of alternate routes during unexpected events.
If you add more lanes, won't the traffic increase even more?
If you build it they will come. We have projections for as much as twice the current traffic volume on I-35 by 2025 due to tremendous growth in Texas and NAFTA.
Can designated lanes of IH 35 be used for truck traffic?
The project will include lanes that are "restricted" to trucks, providing smaller vehicles at least one lane free of large commercial haulers.
Can a completely different highway be built missing all towns?
Long range planning will require studying alternate means of accommodating traffic, beyond the year 2025. However, a majority of the existing facility was built between 1953 and 1965 making it anywhere from 45 to nearly 60 years old. Some existing pavement and bridges are in immediate need of reconstruction and being brought up to current design standards. Creating a new highway is a future option, but it would be unlikely that it would "miss" all towns.
What are you doing to look into reducing the noise level of the road surface of the highway?
A newly developed Porous Friction Course ( PFC) hot mix asphalt surface, which is more durable and reduces noise, is one option being considered. Additionally, TxDOT will use Traffic Noise Modeling software to identify where the use of sound barriers may be feasible.
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