My35 Central Texas News

November 2016
My 35 Main Street News
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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.


December 1: Bruceville-Eddy I-35 Community Update

5:30 p.m.

Bruceville-Eddy City Hall Council Chamber

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Time-Saving New Temple/Waco Signs Benefiting Motorists

It didn't take long for TxDOT and transportation researchers to find out if motorists would benefit from new comparative travel-time signs in Temple. The north- and southbound signs were permanently installed in Temple on September 26, showing motorists travel-time comparisons between staying on I-35 or taking Loop 363 as an alternate, in case of congestion or an incident. | Read More

Waco District Rest Areas Become Monarch Butterfly Waystations

The first step in helping monarch butterfly migration along I-35 is now complete, thanks to the planting of both flowering and milkweed plants at TxDOT's Hill County Rest Areas, Oct. 13 and 16. | Read More

Planning Under Way for 7th Thanksgiving Day Meal at Salado Rest Areas

Salado Methodist Church members and other community volunteers are deep in the planning stages for their next full-course, Thanksgiving Day meal at both the north- and southbound safety rest areas on I-35. This will be the 7th Thanksgiving Day meal at the Salado rest areas, which is the only known holiday meal at a rest area anywhere in the country. | Read More

Construction updates

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

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Milestones
  • Completed construction on West Village Dr. and opened additional lanes on the southbound frontage road.
  • Completed the overlay on Main St./FM 2268.
Down the Road
  • Continue construction on the northbound frontage road, the turnarounds, and the crossover at Salado Plaza Dr.
  • Continue construction of the new mainlanes 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.

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

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milestones
  • Completed the installation of the safety rails and placed traffic on the southbound mainlane Lampasas River Bridge.
  • Installed and activated the traffic signals at the intersection of FM 436/US 190 and the frontage roads.
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.

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. To access the businesses near Exit #302, travelers should use Exit #301.
Milestones
  • Completed installation of southbound-frontage road pavement south of BNSF Lampasas-Sub Railroad Overpass.
  • Closed the left lane of the northbound frontage road near Nugent Ave. to allow for construction of the retaining wall in this area.
  • Opened the northbound Exit #300.
  • Opened the new northbound on ramp just south of S. Loop 363.
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.
  • Continue construction of the BNSF Rail Road Underpass.

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

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Down the Road
  • Continue concrete paving on the southbound mainlanes.
  • Continue working on the northbound frontage road between Berger/Hart Rd. and FM 1237.
  • Begin working on northbound frontage road just north of N. Loop 363.
  • Install signs and light poles for new southbound mainlanes.
  • Build temporary pavement to move traffic on new southbound mainlanes.

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

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mILESTONES
  • Completed demolition of the existing northbound mainlane bridge at UPRR.
  • Started work on the new southbound mainlane overpass at Big Elm Rd. and the Old Blevins Rd. intersection.
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.
  • Set beams on the new 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 Dr.
  • Continue work on the east half of the new southbound frontage road between FM 107 and N. Eddy Dr.
  • Continue work on the new southbound mainlane overpass at Big Elm Rd. and the Old Blevins Rd. intersection.

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

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mILESTONES
  • Completed installation of illumination hardware and wiring.
Down the Road
  • Complete connection of power to illumination.
  • Complete installation of the dynamic message sign system.
  • 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 (negotiations with contractor underway).
  • Repair concrete pavement in eight section areas previously damaged by fire (negotiations with contractor underway).

BRAZOS RIVER BRIDGES (WACO)

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MILESTONES
  • Completed all pedestrian elements.
Down the Road
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation inspection of completed handrail.

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 setting the beams on the northbound railroad overpass bridge.
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.
  • Continue working on the Peach St. connection to southbound frontage road.
  • Complete constructing bridge deck.
  • Begin setting deck plates for northbound railroad crossing bridge.
  • Pour bridge deck for the northbound-frontage road UPRR overpass.

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