My35 Central Texas News

October 2015
Contact
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 10: Salado Community Update

6:30 p.m.
Salado Intermediate School
550 Thomas Arnold Rd.
Salado, Texas


November 18: Waco Optimist Club Presentation

11:30 a.m.
Uncle Dan's BBQ
Waco, Texas


November 19: Temple Rotary Club Presentation

11:30 a.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Temple, Texas


Calendar Note

It's October, and lots of ghoulies and ghosties will be traveling the streets, both older ones driving to attend Haunted House fright fests, and little ones trick-or-treating along the streets and haunting neighborhood parties. Please be extra careful and watch out for those unexpected, unexplainable creatures on the roads and streets!

Twitter Helps I-35 Motorists Avoid Delays

On October 1, an 18-wheeler overturned and caught fire on I-35 near Loop 363 north of Temple. The crash backed up southbound traffic for miles as crews spent five hours clearing the roadway. But some motorists managed to avoid the delay by choosing an alternate route, thanks to email and social media alerts sent out by TxDOT. | Read More

Signs of the Times Become Permanent

There's a new sign that progress is being made on I-35: the portable changeable message signs (PCMSs) north of Waco will be removed soon and replaced with permanent signs on the newly built infrastructure. So, instead of looking to the shoulders of the interstate to learn the time and distance to the next location, travelers can find that information overhead on the new sign supports spanning the lanes. | 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
  • Completed pavement markings at Thomas Arnold Rd.
  • Shifted northbound mainlane traffic to temporary pavement from just south of Salado Parkway to FM 2484 (exit 286).
  • Began paving the new southbound mainlanes between the FM 2268 exit ramp and Salado Creek.
  • Completed pouring southbound bridge deck over Salado Creek.
Down the Road
  • Saturday Oct. 31 (tentatively): 18-hour southbound mainlane closure to prepare for moving southbound traffic to temporary pavement at Salado Plaza.
  • Begin constructing new southbound mainlanes, overpass and ramps at Salado Parkway.
  • Continue constructing the northbound mainlane north of Main St. to the end of the project.
  • Complete the FM 2268 southbound exit ramp.
  • Continue paving the new southbound mainlanes between the FM 2268 exit ramp and Salado Creek.
  • 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
  • Opened new southbound on-ramp north of Loop 121.
  • Opened new northbound on-ramp north of Loop 121.
  • Completed on-ramp from northbound mainlanes to US 190 direct connect/flyover.
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 paving mainlanes from US 190 to Central Ave.
  • Continue constructing the US 190 direct connect/flyover.
  • Complete activation of traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads and prepare to activate.
  • 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
  • Installed drill shafts for east abutment at the Spur 290 Underpass.
Down the Road
  • Continue 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 constructing the eastern abutments at Spur 290 Underpass.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road bridges at BNSF Railroad's Belco and Lampas-Sub lines.
  • Continue constructing the retaining wall on the southbound frontage road at Spur 290 underpass.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls on the southbound frontage road at the BNSF Railroad overpass.
  • Continue constructing the embankment header for the east side of Spur 290.
  • Continue grading and installing PC panels and overhang jacks 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
  • Began concrete pavement on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Finished removing and salvaging material from the existing southbound frontage road.
  • Completed all drill shafts and columns for the southbound mainlane bridge at North Troy.
Down the Road
  • Begin pouring the caps to the southbound mainlanes on N. Troy Bridge.
  • Finish pouring columns on Bent #3 on S. Troy Bridge.
  • Begin subgrade work for the southbound mainlanes from Berger/Hart Rd. to the end of the project.
  • Switch traffic onto the new northbound frontage road pavement from Loop 363 and Berger/Hart Rd.
  • Continue pouring the concrete pavement on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Complete work on Church Ave. and begin working on driveways.
  • Complete pavement section on the northbound frontage road between FM 1237 and FM 935.
  • Begin concrete paving from Lely Dr. to Austin Ave.

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

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Down the Road
  • Finish concrete paving on the new northbound mainlane from FM 107 to UPRR.
  • Begin asphalt paving on the northbound frontage road at UPRR.
  • Continue working on the new UPRR 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.
  • Begin removing the old southbound mainlane bridge at Deer Creek.
  • Begin constructing the new northbound mainlane bridge at Deer Creek.

Section 3B: LORENA TO HEWITT (WOODLAWN RD. TO SUN VALLEY BLVD./FM 2063)

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MILESTONES
  • Completed excavation for the Callan Ranch Rd. bridges and began construction on the remaining half of the new bridge.
  • Completed setting beams for the new Callan Ranch Rd. bridges.
  • Began constructing the southbound frontage-road bridge at South Cow Bayou.
  • Completed pouring all the concrete cantilevered sign supports on northbound side.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage-road bridge at South Cow Bayou.
  • Pour the first half of the southbound frontage-road Callan Ranch Rd. bridge deck.
  • Continue construction for the remaining half of the new Callan Ranch Rd. bridges.
  • Finish constructing the south-to-north turnaround bridge at W. FM 2837.
  • Begin constructing new southbound on-ramp in Lorena.
  • Begin constructing the permanent barrier wall between the northbound mainlanes and southbound mainlanes from Sun Valley to Bullhide Creek. Begin installation of highway illumination.
  • Begin constructing the retaining wall for the Callan Ranch Rd. bridge.
  • Begin constructing the southbound mainlane through Lorena.
  • Begin constructing the southbound mainlane from Woodlawn to south end of the job (near UPRR crossing).

BRAZOS RIVER BRIDGES (WACO)

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Down the Road
  • Begin installation of railing along the new sidewalk areas under the bridge.
  • Continue 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.
milestones
  • Completed drainage installation at UPRR.
  • Completed installation of temporary shoring on the northeast side of UPRR.
Down the Road
  • Continue performing jack-and-bore operations to install drainage under UPRR.
  • Continue installing drainage north of UPRR.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls on the southbound and northbound frontage road abutments for the new UPRR bridges.
  • Continue installing drilled shafts for both UPRR frontage road bridges south of UPRR.

Section 5A: WACO TO WEST (N. LOOP 340 TO FM 1858)

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Down the Road
  • Continue installing traffic signs and illumination.
  • Work on "punch list" of minor tasks to be completed.

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

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milestones
  • Traffic signals now in operation at FM 2114 in West.
Down the Road
  • Complete project lighting.
  • Continue seeding and landscaping.
  • Work on "punch list" of minor tasks to be completed.

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