My35 Central Texas News

August 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.


September 7: Labor Day

Drive carefully on the last big travel weekend of summer!

New Access Points for Main St. Events in Salado

In spite of continuing construction on nearby Interstate 35, the village of Salado expects to welcome thousands of visitors for its signature events the rest of this year, including its Chocolate & Wine Weekend and the famous Christmas Stroll, which draw tourists in search of the unique (and tasty!) to the area to enjoy shopping, eating and exploring Main Street. With I-35 construction in the area recently closing the Main Street underpass (exit 285), new routes for accessing the delights of the village are advised for this holiday season. | Read More

TxDOT Employees Receive State Construction Award

Overcoming unforeseen construction problems and enabling a delayed project to get back on track for completion, two TxDOT employees have been recognized for their work in the successful completion of the twin Hill County Safety Rest Areas (SRAs), located on I-35 south of Hillsboro. | Read More

Construction updates

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

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lane closures
  • The old southbound access road is closed permanently from Thomas Arnold Rd (exit #284) to FM 2268 (exit #283), due to extensive flood damage at Salado Creek during the May storms. Traffic needing to access the FM 2268/Holland Rd. bridge will cross to the northbound side and turn right on the access road (changed temporarily to two-way) to FM 2268 and turn right to cross back over to the southbound side. This detour will remain in effect until the new southbound access road is constructed over the creek.
Milestones
  • Traffic moved to the new northbound frontage-road pavement from North Main St. to FM 2484.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the northbound mainlane north of Main St. to the end of the project.
  • Complete the FM 2268 southbound exit ramp.
  • 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 southbound frontage road north and south of FM 2484.
  • Continue constructing the final southbound mainlane segment from Thomas Arnold south to the end of the project.
  • Continue constructing the new Salado Creek mainlane bridge segment.
  • Continue to seed and sod along the frontage roads.

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

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Milestones
  • Traffic moved to the new southbound mainlanes from Shanklin Rd. to Amity Rd.
Down the road
  • Continue constructing the southbound mainlanes and culverts from FM 2484 to Loop 121.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road from Loop 121 to FM 2484.
  • 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 installation of traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads.
  • Continue installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Loop 121 and I-35.
  • Complete the signal work and have the signals operational.
  • Continue to sod along the northbound mainlanes and frontage road.

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

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milestones
  • Beams have been set on the southbound frontage road overpass at the BNSF Lampasas-Sub Bridge.
Down the Road
  • Begin constructing new off-ramp south of 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 throughout the project.
  • 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.
  • Continue constructing retaining wall on the northbound frontage road by Carpenter's and the BNSF Railroad underpass.
  • Continue constructing retaining wall on the southbound frontage road at Spur 290 underpass.
  • Continue constructing retaining walls on the southbound frontage road at the BNSF Railroad overpass.
  • Begin constructing the embankment header for the east side of the 290 Spur underpass to support the construction of the final abutment for number 3 for the structure.
  • Install drill shafts for east abutment at the Spur 290 underpass.
  • Grade and install PCP panels on the southbound frontage-road BNSF Lampas-Sub Bridge Overpass.

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

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Milestones
  • Finished installing permanent signs on the new southbound frontage road.
  • Completed the Little Elm Creek southbound frontage road bridge rail.
  • Finished placing asphalt on the southbound frontage road between Berger Rd. and Loop 363.
Down the Road
  • Continue working on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Begin removing and salvaging material from the existing southbound frontage road.
  • Switch traffic onto the new southbound frontage road from Berger/Hart Rd. to Loop 363.
  • Begin work on Church Avenue.
  • Begin the pavement section on the northbound frontage road between FM 1237 and FM 935.
  • Begin building the southbound mainlane bridge at North Troy.
  • Begin construction on the southbound mainlanes at the FM 935, FM 1237, and Berger/Hart bridges.

Section 3A-2: TROY to bruceville-eddy (N. TROY CITY LIMIT to woodlawn rd.)

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MILESTONES
  • Completed construction of the southbound frontage road from Big Elm Creek to Big Elm Rd.
  • Re-opened access to Roberts Cemetery.
  • Moved traffic onto the new southbound frontage road from Big Elm Creek to Big Elm Rd.
Down the Road
  • Continue working on the new Union Pacific Railroad bridges.
  • Continue constructing a retaining wall at the northbound frontage-road bridge.
  • Continue concrete paving 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
  • Finished setting beams for the south-to-north turnaround bridge at N. FM 2837.
Down the Road
  • Continue paving the southbound frontage road from Sun Valley Blvd. to Moonlight Dr.
  • Complete construction of the new on- and off-ramps from Sun Valley Blvd. to Moonlight Dr. and begin switching traffic onto new frontage road pavement.
  • Begin switching traffic onto the new bridges and demo North and South Cow Bayou bridges on the old southbound frontage roads.
  • Continue excavation for the Telephone Rd. bridges so construction can begin on the remaining half of the bridge.
  • Finish constructing south-to-north turnaround bridge at N. FM 2837.

BRAZOS RIVER BRIDGES (WACO)

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Down the Road
  • Continue installing lighting under bridges.
  • Begin 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.
  • The southbound frontage road turnaround between Forrest St. and UPRR has been closed permanently at Cherry St.
Down the Road
  • Begin building the retaining wall south of the new southbound frontage-road bridge over UPRR.
  • Continue to install drainage structures at MLK.
  • Begin installing temporary shoring on the northeast side of UPRR.

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
  • Completed construction of all mainlanes and frontage roads.
Down the Road
  • Continue installing traffic features: signs, traffic signals at FM 308, and illumination.

Section 5B: WEST TO ABBOTT (FM 1858/TOKIO RD. TO FM 1304)

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Milestones
  • Completed pavement repair at various locations.
Down the Road
  • Complete project lighting.
  • Continue installing traffic signals.
  • Continue seeding and landscaping.
  • Work on "punch list" of minor tasks to be completed.

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