My35 Central Texas News

NOVEMBER 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.

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


November 26: Thanksgiving

No Mainlane closures from 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 until
Midnight Sunday, Nov. 30


Calendar Note

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! So, plan your route in advance and drive carefully. Happy Turkey Day!

Bell County Provides an Unexpected Thanksgiving to I-35 Travelers

It may be the only roadside safety rest area in the country where a free, full-course Thanksgiving Day meal is offered to anyone who stops in. Without much fanfare, Salado church volunteers have been serving homemade turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and pies galore to surprised—and often thrilled—travelers visiting the southbound I-35, Bell County Safety Rest Area. | Read More

Salado Artists Create Gateway Artworks Along I-35

In a few months, brand-new gateway monuments will be installed at Salado, beside the new I-35 mainlanes, marking the end to a six-year long wait for the village and the artists whA town known for tourism, Salado has struggled somewhat of late, the struggle coinciding with the recession and the I-35 reconstruction project through town. But the artists are looking ahead rather than behind.o designed them. But more importantly, they represent the beginning of a brighter future. | Read More

What does a maintenance crew do when work is rained out?

On Friday, Oct. 23, with major rainstorms predicted, the maintenance crews of the Waco District attended a special training class on high-water rescue techniques, expecting to be on alert for problems in the district. But that afternoon they received a call to go to Navarro County and help with the flooding problems on I-45 in Corsicana. | 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
  • Opened new southbound off-ramp at FM 2268 (exit 283).
  • Began demolishing the existing I-35 mainlane bridges at Salado Parkway.
Down the Road
  • Continue demolishing the existing I-35 mainlane bridges at Salado Parkway.
  • Begin constructing new mainlanes, overpasses and ramps at Salado Parkway.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls and traffic barrier at FM 2484.
  • Continue constructing the last phase of the FM 2484 Bridge.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls along the mainlanes between Salado Creek and Thomas Arnold.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road north and south of FM 2484.
  • Continue constructing the new southbound frontage road and Salado Creek Frontage Road Bridge from Thomas Arnold to south end of the project.
  • 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
  • Completed and opened new southbound on-ramp near Loop 121.
  • Completed and opened new northbound on-ramp near Loop 121.
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.
  • Complete constructing the US 190 direct connect/flyover.
  • Complete activation of traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads.
  • Continue to sod along the northbound mainlanes and frontage road.

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

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LANE CLOSURES
  • Southbound exit ramp #302 (Nugent Ave.) is closed indefinitely as work on mainlanes and access road continues in this area.
Milestones
  • Completed installing drill shafts for east abutment at the Spur 290 Underpass.
Down the Road
  • Begin setting beams at the southbound frontage road and mainlane overpass structures at the BNSF Belco Yard.
  • Begin construction on retaining wallon the west side of I-35 mainlanes in the Nugent area.
  • Continue constructing the 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 across the project.
  • Continue constructing the eastern abutments at the 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 the 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 Overpass.

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

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Milestones
  • Began pouring caps on columns for the southbound mainlanes on N. Troy Bridge.
Down the Road
  • Finish pouring the caps on the southbound mainlanes on N. Troy Bridge.
  • Continue pouring columns 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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MILESTONES
  • Completed concrete paving on the new northbound mainlane from FM 107 to UPRR.
  • Completed asphalt paving on the northbound frontage road at UPRR.
  • Finished removing the old southbound mainlane bridge at Deer Creek.
  • Finished installing cement-treated base and bond breaker for new northbound mainlane from Big Elm Rd to Blevins.
Down the Road
  • 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.
  • Begin concrete paving on new northbound mainlane from Big Elm Rd to Blevins.
  • 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
  • Finished pouring the bridge deck for the southbound frontage road bridge at South Cow Bayou.
  • Began constructing the new southbound on-ramp in Lorena.
  • Began constructing the permanent barrier wall between the northbound mainlanes and southbound mainlanes from Sun Valley/FM 2063 to Bullhide Creek.
Down the Road
  • Finish constructing the southbound frontage-road bridge at South Cow Bayou.
  • Begin pouring the bridge deck for the remaining half of the new Callan Ranch Rd. bridges.
  • Finish constructing the south-to-north turnaround bridge at W. FM 2837.
  • Finish constructing the new southbound on-ramp in Lorena.
  • Continue constructing the permanent barrier wall between the northbound mainlanes and southbound mainlanes from Sun Valley/FM 2063 to Bullhide Creek.
  • Continue installing highway illumination.
  • Finish constructing the retaining wall for the Callan Ranch Rd. Bridge.
  • Finish constructing the southbound mainlane through Lorena.
  • Begin constructing the southbound mainlane from Woodlawn to the south end of the job (near the 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 BLVD. 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 installation of the traffic signal at the northeast corner of the northbound frontage road and MLK.
  • Completed installation of drilled shafts for both UPRR frontage road bridges south of UPRR.
  • Finished installing drainage south of UPRR.
Down the Road
  • Continue installing drainage under UPRR.
  • Continue constructing the retaining walls on the southbound and northbound frontage road abutments for the new UPRR bridges.

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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Down the Road
  • Complete project lighting.
  • Continue seeding.
  • Repair erosion from flood event.
  • Work on “punch list” of minor tasks to be completed.

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