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September 2019

Volume 9, Number 8


DRIVING TO DALLAS? I-35 EXPANDS LANES, REBUILDS BRIDGES

As the next step in TxDOT's My35 Reconstruction Project, rebuilding has begun for the 7.9-mile stretch of I-35E running from Hillsboro to the Hill/Ellis County line. The contractor, SACYR Construction USA LLC, began work on the lanes on Sept. 9, 2019, and estimates the project's completion in 2023. The bid for the project — Sacyr's first in the state of Texas — was $117.52 million. | Read More

WHAT THE HECK IS THAT THING?

In this article we talk to TxDOT Construction Inspector Brian Fulwider about another perplexing machine. What is the odd-looking yellow machine with the black back that looks like it's been cut off, except that it has open seats in the black part? | Read More

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

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

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MILESTONES

  • Completed construction of the BNSF underpass.
  • Completed installation of the project power grid and roadway lighting.
  • Completed signal work at Avenue H.
  • Opened all frontage road lanes.
  • Completed landscape paver installations.
  • Began construction on the City of Temple landscape welcome monument at Loop 363.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue final striping operations.
  • Continue overhead and small sign installations.
  • Continue construction on the City of Temple landscape welcome monument at Loop 363.
  • Work on punch list items.

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

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MILESTONES

  • Completed installing mailboxes.
  • Completed repair of the driveway at Love's.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Install the electric meter at Pegasus Dr. (Oncor task).
  • Complete supplying power from new meter(s) to illumination in the area.
  • Complete establishing trees in the project.
  • Complete punch list items.
  • Complete the final inspection.

SECTION 3A-2: TROY TO BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (N. TROY CITY LIMIT TO WOODLAWN RD.)

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MILESTONES

  • Completed the decorative storefront rail at FM 107.
  • Completed installing permanent signs throughout the project.
  • Completed permanent striping punch list and deletion of work zone stripes on the mainlanes.
  • Completed installation of permanent Troy city limit signs and added signs north of the Bruceville-Eddy.
  • Completed DMS foundations and the cabinet at the southbound frontage road.
  • Completed pulling electrical wires for illumination throughout the project.
  • Completed installation of DMS services.
  • Completed mounting of remaining large ground signs.
  • Completed installing delineators throughout the project.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Complete items on the punch list for minor repairs and cleanup.
  • Continue with erosion control measures and vegetation establishment for remainder areas to cover them at least with 70 percent of grass.
  • Complete the punch list deficiencies for electrical services, etc.
  • Complete Installation of meters on DMS Service #11, 12 and 13; service 4A; and service 8.
  • Install added permanent FM107 stop signs. (This will be done by Waco Maintenance Section.)

SECTION 4B: WACO 12TH STREET TO N. LOOP 360

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MILESTONES

  • Completed activation of temporary traffic signals at BUS 77.
  • Completed constructing southbound frontage road detours to shift traffic to reconstruct frontage roads.
  • Switched northbound and southbound mainlane traffic to the northbound side (similar to how traffic was switched to its current configuration in the 11th and 12th streets area).
  • Completed the east end replacement of Culvert 5 (Waco Creek).
  • Completed demolition of the 4th/5th Sts. southbound mainlane structures.
  • Began full-width reconstructing/armoring of northbound mainlanes.
  • Began removing existing southbound pavement from 4th and 5th streets to the south end of the project.
  • Began constructing drilled shafts for the new 11th and 12th streets southbound overpass.
  • Began building the approaches for the new 11th and 12th streets southbound overpass
  • Began constructing drilled shafts for the new 4th and 5th streets southbound structure.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue building up the northbound mainlane and shoulder to serve as temporary mainlanes later.
  • Continue work on sewer and water lines throughout the project on the northbound access road.
  • Continue work on driveway access points on the southbound access roads from N. Loop 340 southward.
  • Continue constructing frontage road detours to shift traffic to reconstruct frontage roads.
  • Continue reconstructing/armoring northbound mainlanes inside shoulder.
  • Begin full-width reconstructing/armoring of northbound mainlanes.
  • Continue resetting temporary barriers and shifting traffic on northbound mainlanes.
  • Continue installing the median barrier north of N. Loop 340.
  • Continue drilling shafts for inside widening of N. Loop 340 overpasses.
  • Continue drilling shafts for outside widening of N. Loop 340 overpasses and construction of abutments.
  • Continue replacement of Culvert 7 (Bellmead ditch) west of I-35 at US 84.
  • Construct shoring columns at BUS 77 to support remaining large structures under the northbound mainlanes when demo work starts at BUS 77.
  • Complete the west end replacement of Culvert 5 (Waco Creek).
  • Switch northbound and southbound mainlane traffic to the northbound side (similar to how traffic was switched to its current configuration in the 11th and 12th streets area).
  • Construct major storm drainage trunk lines along the southbound access road between 17th and 18th streets to University Parks Blvd.
  • Construct cul-de-sacs to replace side street intersections along the southbound access road in the 17th and 18th streets to 11th and 12th streets area.
  • Continue removing existing southbound pavement from 4th and 5th streets to the south end of the project.
  • Continue constructing drilled shafts for the new 11th and 12th streets southbound overpass.
  • Continue building the approaches for the new 11th and 12th streets southbound overpass.
  • Begin paving new southbound access road from LP 340 to Behrens and from University Parks to 4th and 5th streets.

SECTION I-35E EXPANSION (I-35 EAST/WEST SPLIT TO ELLIS COUNTY LINE)

MILESTONES

  • Completed initial project and emergency-management meetings.
  • Began setting barrier walls along median.
  • Began clearing median for new lane construction.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue setting barrier walls along median.
  • Continue clearing median for new lane construction.

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254-867-2705
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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.


Oct. 14

McGregor Lions Club Presentation
Noon

Coffee Shop Cafe
1005 W McGregor Dr.
McGregor, TX

Oct. 17

I-35 Waco Communications Steering Committee
3:45 p.m.

South Waco Community Center
2815 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX
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