My35 Central Texas News

October 2016
My 35 Main Street News
Jodi Wheatley
I-35 Information Specialist
TxDOT Waco District
100 S. Loop Dr.
Waco, TX 76704
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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.

October 16: Help Plant Monarch Butterfly Waystations

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Southbound Safety Rest Area, Hill County

October 24: I-35 Incident Review Safety Meeting

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Waco District Office

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Freight Shuttle System Could Decrease Congestion, Driving Risks on I-35

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Church Under the Bridge: A Waco Couple’s Dedication to Barrier-Free Gospel

Often symbolic of change, discovery and new beginnings, bridges are a common element in stories and poems. For I-35 at Fourth and Fifth Streets in Waco, there are thousands of untold stories underneath the bridge — where new beginnings are the constant theme. Here, the tales are raw, profound, heartwrenching and heartwarming, and many of them may make a listener uneasy — at first. | Read More

Construction updates

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

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  • Completed construction of the second stagecoach mural as part of the northbound mainlane retaining wall construction.
  • Installed sanitary sewer casings in six locations across FM 2268/Main St. from north of Royal Dr. to Salado Plaza Dr.
Down the Road
  • Continue construction on West Village Dr. and the southbound frontage road.
  • Continue construction on the northbound frontage road, the turnarounds, and the crossover at Salado Plaza Dr.
  • Continue construction of the new mainlanes, retaining walls, overpasses, and ramps at Salado Plaza Dr.
  • Continue constructing connections to both frontage roads at FM 2484.
  • Continue placing topsoil and seed along the mainlanes and frontage roads
  • Place final overlay on Main St./FM 2268.

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

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  • Began demolition of the old southbound-frontage-road Lampasas River Bridge.
Down the road
  • Continue constructing the southbound access road between Loop 121 and Shanklin Rd.
  • Continue constructing the southbound mainlanes and culverts from FM 2484 to Loop 121.
  • Continue constructing the southbound frontage road from Shanklin Rd. to FM 2484.
  • Complete installing safety rails on the southbound mainlane Lampasas River Bridge.
  • Continue placing topsoil and seed along the northbound mainlanes and frontage road.
  • Complete the retaining walls and pedestrian elements at FM 436/US 190.
  • Make modifications to the traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads and place in operation.

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

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  • Southbound exit ramp #302 (Nugent Ave.) is closed indefinitely as work on mainlanes and access road continues in this area. To access the businesses near Exit #302, travelers should use Exit #301.
  • Met with Temple District 1 residents for a construction update.
Down the Road
  • Continue constructing the retaining wall on the west side of I-35 mainlanes in the Nugent area.
  • Continue constructing the storm sewer on the southbound frontage road from BNSF Lampas-Sub Rail Road Overpass south.
  • Continue constructing the driveways/sidewalk near Avenue H.
  • Finish the concrete rail on the west side of I-35 for the Spur 290 roadway.
  • Continue constructing the retaining wall to support installation of the depressed southbound mainlane section at the south end of the project.
  • Continue installing southbound frontage road pavement south of BNSF Lampasas-Sub Railroad Overpass.
  • Continue installing the concrete rail on the southbound frontage road structures at BNSF, Belco, and Lampasas-Sub Overpasses; southbound mainlanes south of the southern Loop 363 interchange; and retaining walls south of the Central and Adams on-ramp and southbound frontage-road header.
  • Continue constructing the retaining wall on the east side of I-35 Nugent Underpass.
  • Continue installing mainlane pavement at Adams/Central intersection.
  • Continue constructing southbound mainlane pavement south of BNSF Belco Yard Overpass.
  • Continue reconstructing permanent northbound frontage road from S. Loop 363 through the Ira Young St. Interchange.
  • Close the left lane of the northbound frontage road near Nugent Ave. to allow for construction of the retaining wall in this area.


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  • Switched traffic onto the new northbound frontage road at the south Troy bridge between FM 1237/Pendleton Rd. and FM 935/Main St.
  • Completed southbound mainlane bridge embankment and bridge substructure at FM 935/Main St. in Troy.
  • Poured the FM 935 southbound mainlane bridge deck.
  • Closed the existing southbound entrance ramp between FM 1237 and Berger/Hart Rd. and opened the new temporary entrance ramp further north.
Down the Road
  • Continue concrete paving on the southbound mainlanes.
  • Continue working on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Close the existing southbound exit ramp to FM 935 and open the new temporary exit ramp further north.

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

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  • Completed tying in most new side streets along the southbound frontage road between UPRR and FM 107.
  • Began demolishing the existing northbound mainlane bridge at UPRR and begin working on the new northbound mainlane bridge.
  • Opened new Eagle Dr. southbound frontage road intersection.
  • Opened new N. Eddy intersection along the new southbound frontage road.
Down the Road
  • Continue tying in new side streets along the southbound frontage road between UPRR and FM 107.
  • Continue working on the new UPRR bridges.
  • Complete demolition of the existing northbound mainlane bridge at UPRR.
  • Continue working on the new northbound mainlane bridge at UPRR.
  • Continue building the embankment for the new southbound mainlanes from FM 107 to UPRR.
  • Continue installing drainage structures for the new northbound frontage road between Big Elm Rd. and Old Blevins.
  • Continue work on the new northbound mainlane overpass at Old Blevins.
  • Continue work on the new southbound mainlane overpass at N. Eddy.
  • Continue work on the east half of the new southbound frontage road between FM 107 and N. Eddy Dr.


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  • Completed hanging permanent cantilevered signs.
  • Completed guardrail repairs at the N. Cow Bayou, S. Cow Bayou, and Woodlawn Rd. northbound mainlane bridges.
  • Held ribbon-cutting ceremony August 18, at 9:30 a.m., to celebrate completion of the mainlanes through Lorena.
Down the Road
  • Completion of highway illumination and dynamic message sign system.
  • Continue installing highway illumination.
  • Continue planting vegetation and installing sod and topsoil.
  • Complete construction of additional concrete riprap at the Callan Ranch Rd. ditch line between the southbound mainlane and southbound frontage road.
  • Repair concrete pavement in areas previously damaged by fire (eight sections).
  • Bridge beam patchwork for damage due to accidents at N. and S. FM 2837.  


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  • Completed seeding and sodding of grassy landscaped areas.
  • Completed final cleaning and punch-list items.
Down the Road
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation inspection of completed handrail.


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  • 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
  • Complete installing the manholes, inlets, and lateral lines on both sides of the highway.
  • Complete retaining walls on all four quadrants of the UPRR crossing.
  • Complete pouring concrete for the abutments for both UPRR frontage-road bridges.
  • Pour bridge deck for the northbound-frontage road UPRR overpass.
  • Continue working on the Peach St. connection to southbound frontage road.