I-35 Improvement Project - Cooke County
Project ID (CSJ): 0194-01-010,
TxDOT is planning improvements for the widening of I-35 in Cooke County to update the roadway to current design standards and provide congestion relief for expected future traffic increases.
As part of the planning process, TxDOT is conducting an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed widening and realignment of I-35 from the south Cooke County line to mile marker one in Oklahoma. An EA is a report that documents the existing social, economic and environmental conditions, assesses effects of the proposed alternative and identifies potential
relief for those effects. The EA will also evaluate the effects of a no-build alternative.
Need & Purpose
- Need: The I-35 corridor is an important route for intrastate, interstate, and international commerce, resulting in heavy use by commuters, freight trucks, and business travelers. Increased truck traffic coupled with regional population growth in north Texas has created travel demand along I-35 that exceeds its current capacity. The existing I-35 facility through Cooke County, Texas and southern Love County, Oklahoma, is an essential element of the local and regional transportation system. Within the project limits, I-35 serves multiple purposes. It functions as an interstate providing north-south regional access, but also represents a key component of the roadway network for local trips within and between Gainesville and Valley View.
- Purpose: The purpose of the proposed project is to: meet local and regional travel demands by increasing capacity; upgrade the transportation infrastructure to meet current FHWA and TxDOT design standards for interstates, bridges, and frontage roads; and improve the safety of the roadway by correcting geometric deficiencies, relocating the BNSF Railroad, and eliminating at-grade crossings.
This project will address congestion while improving safety at this
- Potential widening of
I- 35 from four lanes to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction). The proposed
roadway would consist of 12-foot-wide travel lanes and 10-foot-wide inside and outside shoulders with a fixed concrete barrier in the median.
- Funding is available for planning and study development only
- Construction is not funded at this time
- Study began June 2014
- Study duration: approximately 18 months