My35 Central Texas News

April 2015
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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.


April 2: I-35 Update for Temple City Council


April 17: Vendor Booth at Texas Master Gardener Conference

Bell County Expo Center


April 21: I-35 Presentation to the Killeen Lions Club

5100 S. Trimmier
Killeen, Texas


April 23: I-35 Presentation

Belton Lions Club
The Gin Restaurant
Belton, Texas


May 18: Safety Summit

Waco District Office
Waco, Texas

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Salado Overpass Incident Serves As Safety Reminder for All I-35 Motorists

An 18-wheeler that exceeded the height limits set by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) attempted to travel under the new overpass being constructed at FM 2484 in Salado, March 26. When the truck's load reached the overpass, it struck the first of several concrete beams that stretched across the highway above the truck. In a matter of seconds, the first bridge beam rammed into another beam and both crashed down to the highway below, killing an unsuspecting motorist who was traveling the opposite direction. | Read More

six lanes over central texas: txdot completes major milestone of the i-35 expansion project

That sound you heard coming from I-35 on March 19 was the collective sigh of relief from motorists, residents and construction crews as all six lanes of the Interstate were opened up to traffic from Abbott through West. Finally, after nearly four years of construction, seven miles of new roadway — known as section 5B of the I-35 Waco District reconstruction project — is nearly finished. | Read More

New Brazos River Bridges Light the Way

Completed last summer, Waco's one-of-a-kind, eye-catching signature bridge over the Brazos River is about to become even more popular when it's lit up with an elaborate LED lighting system. Currently, nighttime crews are fine tuning the system as they perform numerous test-runs. The testing recently caught the attention of the media, motorists and residents, who were treated to a sneak peak. Word of the lighted bridge spread quickly, leaving Central Texas abuzz with anticipation. | Read More

Construction updates

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

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Milestones
  • Completed construction of southbound mainlanes from Thomas Arnold through the south end of the project.
  • Moved southbound mainlane traffic to new pavement from Thomas Arnold to the south end of the project.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls at FM 2484.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls between Salado Creek and Thomas Arnold along the mainlanes.
  • Continue constructing the northbound frontage road from North Main St. to FM 2484.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road on each side of FM 2484.
  • Move traffic to new northbound frontage road pavement at north end of project.

Section 1C: Salado to belton (FM 2484 to us 190/fm 436)

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Milestones
  • Moved southbound mainlane traffic onto the new pavement from just north of Loop 121 to just north of the Lampasas River.
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 US 190 direct connect/flyover.
  • Continue constructing the ramp from the northbound mainlanes to the US 190 direct connect/flyover.
  • Continue installing traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads.
  • Install traffic signals at the intersection of Loop 121 and I-35.

SECTION 2B: TEMPLE (S. LOOP 363 TO N. LOOP 363)

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Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the on- and off-ramps for southbound I-35 between Midway Dr. and Loop 363.
  • Continue installing culverts north of S. Loop 363 across the northbound frontage road, off ramp, and mainlanes.
  • Continue constructing the storm sewer on the southbound and northbound frontage roads north of Nugent.
  • Continue building the bridge abutments and interior columns at Spur 290.
  • Continue the concrete paving on Spur 290.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road bridges at BNSF Railroad's Belco and Lampas-Sub lines.

Section 3A-1: TEMPLE TO TROY (N. LOOP 363 TO N. TROY CITY LIMIT)

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Milestones
  • Completed setting rebar for paving the northbound frontage road between Loop 363 and Berger/Hart Rd.
  • Completed all of the drill shafts and columns on Little Elm Bridge on the northbound frontage road.
  • Completed approaches to the Little Elm Creek southbound frontage-road bridge.
Down the Road
  • Begin installing permanent signs on the new southbound frontage road.
  • Begin reconstructing Church Avenue in Troy.
  • Begin concrete paving on the northbound frontage road between Loop 363 and Berger/Hart Rd.
  • Begin work on Little Elm Bridge abutments and caps on the northbound frontage road.
  • Continue work on driveways along the southbound frontage road.
  • Continue installing riprap along the southbound frontage road ditches.
  • Continue work on the Little Elm Creek southbound frontage-road bridge rail.
  • Complete the construction of the box culvert across Berger Rd.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road between Berger Rd. and Loop 363.
  • 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.

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 construction of the new I-35 overpass at Old Blevins Rd.
  • Completed constructing the new southbound mainlane from Big Elm Rd. to Old Blevins Rd.
  • Begin construction of the new northbound mainlane between Big Elm Rd and Old Blevins Rd.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road from Big Elm Creek to Big Elm 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
  • Completed the northbound and southbound mainlane bridges over North Cow Bayou.
  • Began constructing the permanent concrete traffic barrier from Bruceville-Eddy to North Cow Bayou.
  • Began pouring the final 2” hot-mix asphalt surface on the northbound frontage road from Bruceville-Eddy to S. FM 2837.
  • Began working on the next traffic move that will happen on the southbound mainlanes from S. FM 2837 to Bruceville-Eddy.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the permanent concrete traffic barrier from Bruceville-Eddy to North Cow Bayou.
  • Continue pouring the final 2” hot-mix asphalt surface on the northbound frontage road from Bruceville-Eddy to S. FM 2837.
  • Continue working on the next traffic move that will happen on the southbound mainlanes from S. FM 2837 to Bruceville-Eddy.

BRAZOS RIVER BRIDGES (WACO)

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MILESTONES
  • Began testing decorative lighting system on bridges.
Down the Road
  • Complete testing and operational training for the decorative lighting systems.
  • Install sidewalks and landscaping along the river.
  • Overall job completion and clean up.

Section 4A: WACO ACCESS ROADS (MLK TO TAYLOR)

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Lane Closures
  • North-to-south access roads and the turnaround from MLK Blvd. under I-35 at the UPRR crossing have been permanently closed. New access roads and railroad crossing bridges will be constructed to replace them.
Milestones
  • Set the barrier and signs for start-up of construction of new access roads and railroad crossing bridges from MLK Blvd. to Taylor St. north of the Forrest St. crossing.
Down the Road
  • Move/replace traffic signal at MLK on northbound access road.
  • Continue excavating and installing new box culverts.

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.
Milestones
  • Opened the third new southbound mainlane from FM 1858/Tokio Rd. to FM 3149/Tours Rd.  
  • Opened the third new northbound mainlane from FM 3149/Tours Rd. to FM 1858/Tokio Rd.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing retaining walls adjacent to the northbound frontage road at FM 308 in Elm Mott.
  • Complete the southbound mainlane pavement.
  • Switch southbound traffic on to new pavement and structures between Ross Rd. and FM 3149/Tours Rd. and open the third southbound mainlane throughout the project. 
  • Continue northbound mainlane construction at FM 308 in Elm Mott and open the third northbound mainlane throughout the project. 
  • Continue asphalt paving for northbound and southbound frontage roads between Hilltop Rd. and FM 1858/Tokio Rd. 
  • Complete construction of the northbound frontage road and the FM 308 intersection in Elm Mott.

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
  • Opened the new southbound County Line Rd. exit #355.
  • Opened the new southbound Marable St. exit #354.
Down the Road
  • Continue building the new northbound frontage road through West from the beginning of the project to Marable St., including driveways, intersections, and U-turn lanes under FM 2114.
  • Continue work on the FM 2114 roadway and the FM 1242 roadway under I-35.
  • Place the final overlay and pavement markings on the frontage roads.
  • Complete installation of the final signage along the highway.
  • Begin placing landscaping block, sidewalks and ADA ramps at the FM 2114 intersection.
  • Finish painting the centerline CTB.

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