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November 2019

Volume 9, Number 10


LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020: IMPROVING I-35 & BUS-77 INTERCHANGE IN WACO

In Waco, the interchange at BUS-77 and I-35 has produced some confusion for travelers in the past as they navigate their way through town. The new I-35 reconstruction project has been planned to remedy the confusion by simplifying the interchange, alleviating congestion on the bridges, and making it safer for traffic to pass through. Much of the existing BUS-77 structure has already been removed, and it will be rebuilt at ground level, with some specialized techniques assisting with operation and efficiency during the work. | Read More

REACHING FOR THE TOP — AT HALF DOME

A chance conversation and a crazy idea in January 2019 unexpectedly led three TxDOT employees to an epic challenge and a higher call. As Victor Goebel (director of transportation planning and development for TxDOT’s Waco District) and Brenton Lane (transportation engineer supervisor) tossed around ideas for family vacations, District Engineer Stan Swiatek stopped in and heard them discussing the possibility of hiking Half Dome, a huge granite formation in Yosemite National Park, California. | Read More

Construction updates

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

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MILESTONES

  • Completed overhead and small sign installations.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue construction on the City of Temple landscape welcome monument at N. Loop 363.
  • Continue landscaping on US 290/Industrial Blvd.
  • Continue work on punch list items.

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

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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 the final inspection.

SECTION 3A-2: TROY to bruceville-eddy (N. TROY CITY LIMIT TO WOODLAWN ROAD)

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MILESTONES

  • Completed erosion control measures and vegetation establishment for remainder areas to cover them at least 70 percent with grass.
  • Reseeded Temp Cool with Bermuda on NBFR south of UPRR and the southbound access road north of Old Blevins.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Complete items on the punch list for minor repairs and cleanup.
  • Complete Installation of meters on DMS Service #11, 12 and 13; Service 4A; and Service 8 (pending from Oncor).

SECTION 4B: WACO (12TH ST. TO N. LOOP 340)

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MILESTONES

  • Completed reconstructing/armoring northbound mainlanes inside shoulder.
  • Completed installing the median barrier north of N. Loop 340.
  • Completed replacement of Culvert 7 (Bellmead ditch) west of I-35 at US 84.
  • Completed paving new southbound access road from LP 340 to Behrens Circle.
  • Completed full-width reconstructing/armoring of northbound mainlanes.
  • Began lead abatement of the Brazos River Bridges.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue work on sewer and water lines throughout the project on the southbound access road.
  • Continue work on driveway access points on the southbound access roads from N. Loop 340 southward.
  • Continue resetting temporary barriers and shifting traffic on northbound mainlanes.
  • Continue constructing 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).
  • 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 area between 18th 11th Streets.
  • 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 University Parks to 4th and 5th Streets.
  • Continue lead abatement of the Brazos River Bridges.
  • Continue constructing drilled shafts for the 4th and 5th Streets southbound overpass.
  • Start setting beams for structure widening at the LP 340 northbound and southbound overpasses.
  • Start paving new southbound access road between Behrens Circle and US 84.
  • Start constructing sidewalk for the southbound access road between LP 340 and Behrens Circle.
  • Continue grading for southbound access road between US 84 and BUS 77.

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

MILESTONES

  • Began temporary shoring at FM 2959 and FM 934.
  • Began widening the culverts under I-35.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • Continue setting portable concrete traffic barrier along the northbound and southbound mainlanes.
  • Continue building temporary pavement widening to handle traffic in the next phases of the project.
  • Begin widening the culverts under I-35.
  • Begin some permanent concrete pavement widening of the northbound mainlanes.
  • Begin the drilled shaft foundations for new bridges at FM 2959 and FM 934.
  • Continue temporary shoring at FM 2959 and FM 934.
  • Begin retaining wall construction at FM 2959 and FM 934.
  • Begin work on bridges at FM 934 and FM 2959
  • Continue widening the culverts under I-35.

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254-867-2705
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TxDOT Waco District
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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.


TxDOT Waco Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The Waco District Office will be closed Nov. 27-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Drive safely!

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