I-35 Northbound Mainlane Traffic to Temporarily Share Southbound Lanes; 8th Street Temporarily Closed Until Ramp Built

July 15, 2019

Media Contact: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-710-6275
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WACO, Texas (July 15, 2019) – As part of the I-35 Waco construction project, crews are updating drainage features along the corridor. To prepare for this work, traffic will be shifted from the I-35 northbound mainlanes to the southbound lanes from 4th Street to 18th Street for approximately two months, beginning July 16. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction during this time.

In addition, 8th Street exit (334B) will be closed temporarily as crews build a temporary exit ramp in a nearby location. Until the temporary ramp is open, you will need to use the 18th - 17th Streets exit (Exit 334) to access Baylor/downtown area on 8th Street and 5th - 4th Streets. The exit to University Parks Drive (335B) remains open.

Northbound frontage road traffic will remain on the existing lanes.

Please observe the speed limit through the area (now 55 MPH) and watch for the signs and traffic control equipment that will show you where the change begins.

Alternating lane closures on the northbound mainlanes will begin Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., weather permitting, until all the traffic is switched to the southbound lanes.

Delays are expected to occur during this work. Plan your travel accordingly by visiting www.my35.org/Waco to view real-time traffic maps and sign up for lane closure notices via text or email.

Once work on the northbound mainlanes is complete, crews will shift all traffic to the northbound mainlanes, with traffic reduced to two lanes in each direction for approximately one year, weather permitting. This shift will allow crews to install drainage features and reconstruct the southbound mainlanes.

For the most up-to-date lane closure information, follow TxDOT on Twitter @TxDOTWacoPIO.

Please note that schedules and activities are subject to change due to weather or field conditions.

Stay Informed

Follow @TxDOTWacoPIO on Twitter for up-to-date lane closure and construction information.

Use the real-time website https://waco4bmap.org – part of the BE SAFE BE SEEN initiative – to help plan and safely navigate routes through the construction zone, whether by car, bike or on foot.

Visit www.my35.org/Waco to view materials online and sign up for lane closure notifications.

Email My35Waco@txdot.gov to subscribe for general project updates.

Call or text 254-313-WACO (9226) to speak with a construction team member.



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