My35 Central Texas News

November 2014
My35 Central Texas News
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Jodi Wheatley
I-35 Information Specialist
TxDOT Waco District
100 S. Loop Dr.
Waco, TX 76704
254-867-2836
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Future Events Being Planned

We're now scheduling evening project-update meetings for the communities along I-35. If you'd like to have one in your area, call us and we'd be glad to get it set up for you.


November 17: Safety Summit

Safety Summit
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Waco Administration Building
Waco, Texas


November 27-28: Thanksgiving Holidays

All TxDOT Offices Closed

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Thanksgiving Travel Doesn't Have to Be Hectic

As it does during all major holidays, TxDOT is trying to make Thanksgiving travel along Interstate 35 as painless as possible. Built into all construction contracts is a directive that prevents lane and ramp closures during holidays. For the week of Thanksgiving, no lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, and midnight Sunday, November 30. | Read More

What the Heck are Those Things? - Soil Nails

What are those things that look like screws or nails coming out of the walls being constructed along I-35? They're called soil nails, and they're a modern, efficient way to build a retaining wall support system that keeps the soil behind it in place, whether the retaining wall is permanent or temporary. TxDOT engineers conduct a study of the soil behind the wall to determine the proper number and length of the nails to be inserted into the soil. | Read More

Construction updates

section 1B: SALADO (FM 2843 to FM 2484)

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Down the Road
  • Continue southbound mainlane construction from the south end of the project through Thomas Arnold.
  • Continue construction of the retaining walls at FM 2484.
  • Continue construction of the retaining walls between Salado Creek and Thomas Arnold along the mainlanes.
  • Construct the northbound frontage road from North Main St. to FM 2484.
  • Construct the box culvert north of FM 2484 on the southbound frontage road.
  • Construct the southbound frontage road on each side of FM 2484.
  • Construct the middle section of the Salado Creek bridge.

Section 1C: Salado to Belton (FM 2484 to US 190/FM 436)

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Down the road
  • Continue constructing the southbound mainlanes and culverts from FM 2484 to Loop 121.
  • Continue the intersection construction at Loop 121 and the frontage roads.
  • Continue constructing the northbound mainlanes and ramp between Loop 121 and US 190.
  • Continue constructing the US 190 direct connect/flyover.
  • Continue constructing the ramp from the northbound mainlanes to the US 190 direct connect/flyover.

Section 2B: Temple (S. Loop 363 to N. Loop 363)

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Milestones
  • Began installing concrete pavement and driveways on southbound frontage road from N. Loop 363 to Nugent Ave.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the on- and off-ramps for southbound I-35 between Midway Dr. and Loop 363.
  • Continue constructing the storm sewer on the southbound and northbound frontage roads.
  • Continue constructing the on- and off-ramp reversals for northbound I-35 between Loop 363 and Midway Drive.
  • Continue relocating the utilities and storm sewers north of Nugent.
  • Continue building the bridge abutments and interior columns at Spur 290.
  • Continue concrete paving on Spur 290.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road bridges at BNSF Railroad's Belco and Lampas-Sub lines.
  • Continue constructing detour pavement on the northbound side to prepare for demolition of the old Spur 290 bridge over the mainlanes.
  • Continue constructing the southbound mainlane detour in the Spur 290/Industrial area. (The detour will be used to divert northbound mainlane traffic during the first phase of demolition of the existing Spur 290 Overpass.)
  • Open the reconfigured northbound entrance ramp.

Section 3A-1: Temple to Troy (N. Loop 363 to N. Troy City Limit)

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Milestones
  • Began building the southbound frontage road through the Hart Rd. area.
  • Started to reconstruct Church Ave.
Down the Road
  • Continue installing riprap along the southbound frontage road ditches.
  • Continue work on the Little Elm Creek southbound frontage-road bridge rail and approach.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road between Loop 363 and Berger Rd.
  • Continue concrete paving on the southbound frontage road to the north end of the project.
  • Continue working on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Continue working on the culverts along the southbound frontage road at Berger/Hart Rd.
  • Continue installation of retaining walls for the South Troy underpass along the southbound frontage road.

Section 3A-2: Troy to Bruceville-Eddy (N. Troy City Limit to Woodlawn Rd.)

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lane closures
  • Until further notice, the southbound frontage road will be closed from Roberts Cemetery to Big Elm Rd. This will allow the demolition and rebuilding of the new frontage road and bridge over Big Elm Creek. Frontage-road traffic traveling south from Big Elm Rd. will have to enter the freeway, except for local traffic only, south of Big Elm Creek. A temporary turnaround has been constructed near Roberts Cemetery.
Milestones
  • Completed closing the north railroad turnaround in order to complete the northbound frontage-road UPRR bridge and began working on the new southbound frontage-road UPRR bridge.
  • Began paving new ramps.
  • Began work on new N. Eddy overpass.
  • Began work on NBFR from Big Elm Creek to Big Elm Rd.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road from Big Elm Creek to Big Elm Rd.
  • Continue utility relocations.
  • Continue construction of the new I-35 overpass at Old Blevins Rd.
  • Continue constructing the new southbound mainlane from Big Elm Rd. to Old Blevins Rd.
  • Continue working on the new Union Pacific Railroad bridges.
  • Continue constructing the retaining wall at the new turnaround north of the railroad tracks in Bruceville-Eddy.
  • Continue constructing a retaining wall at the northbound frontage-road bridge.
  • Continue working on the southbound frontage road from UPRR to FM 107.
  • Continue working on the northbound mainlanes from FM 107 to UPRR.

Section 3B: Lorena to Hewitt (Woodlawn Rd. to Sun Valley Blvd./FM 2063)

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Milestones
  • Opened the new northbound Lorena exit south of E. FM 2837/Rosenthal Rd.
  • Opened the new northbound Lorena Entrance Ramp north of N. FM 2837.
Down the Road
  • Switch southbound main lane traffic to the new pavement from FM 2063/Sun Valley Blvd. to FM 1695/Moonlight Dr.
  • Open the northbound mainlanes from Callan Ranch Rd. to E. FM 2837/Rosenthal Rd.
  • Shift northbound traffic to detour near Sun Valley and complete pavement for the southbound switch.
  • Shift southbound frontage road at North Cow to the new bridge.
  • Open the northbound frontage road to two lanes from south end of project to Lorena.

Brazos River BRIDGES (WACO)

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Down the Road
  • Continue installing the lighting systems.
  • Install sidewalks and landscaping along the river.
  • Overall job completion and clean up.

Section 5A: Waco to West (N. Loop 340 to FM 1858)

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Lane Closures
  • Main St. in Elm Mott is permanently closed to through traffic at the southbound frontage road.
  • The Ross Rd. crossing is closed until fall 2014.
Milestones
  • Completed shifting southbound frontage-road traffic to new pavement between Tours Rd. and Wiggins Rd.
Down the Road
  • Continue construction of the retaining walls adjacent to the northbound frontage road at FM 308 in Elm Mott.
  • Complete the southbound mainlane pavement.
  • Shift southbound mainlane traffic at Ross Rd. and Tours Rd. to proposed northbound pavement.

Section 5B: West to Abbott (FM 1858/Tokio Rd. to FM 1304)

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Lane closures
  • The southbound exit 354 (the Marable St. exit) will remain closed during the construction of this portion of the southbound frontage road until a new exit is built. A message sign will notify the traveling public of the closure.
  • The northbound Marable St. exit is closed and will remain closed until the new ramp can be built (after the new northbound frontage road is built).
Milestones
  • Poured the deck for the new southbound FM 1242 overpass.
  • Started final overlay of the northbound frontage roads.
  • Began building the U-turn lanes at FM 2114 and FM 1242.
Down the Road
  • Continue building the new northbound frontage road through West from the beginning of the project to Marable St. This will include driveways, intersections, and U-turn lanes under FM 2114.
  • Continue building the new northbound exit ramps for FM 2114, Marable St., and County Line Rd.
  • Continue building the new northbound entrance ramps for FM 1858, FM 2114, and Marable St.
  • Continue pouring concrete for the new southbound main lanes.
  • Continue paving the final sections of the northbound mainlane between the beginning of the project to County Line Rd.
  • Continue painting the retaining walls throughout the project.
  • Begin placing stone for the pilasters on the retaining walls.

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