Beginning Monday: TxDOT to Remove I-35 Northbound Overpasses at the Brazos River and MLK Boulevard

March 21, 2021

WACO, Texas (March 21, 2021) - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to begin removing the I-35 northbound overpasses at MLK Boulevard and the Brazos River beginning Monday morning as they continue to reconstruct I-35 through Waco.

MLK Boulevard Overpass – Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26

TxDOT will close all east and westbound lanes of MLK Boulevard where they cross under I-35 at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 22, and expects to re-open the roadway by Friday evening, March 26.

  • Eastbound drivers on MLK Boulevard will be directed to the southbound frontage road where they can turn around at University Parks Drive.
  • Westbound drivers on MLK Boulevard will be directed onto the northbound I-35 mainlanes where they can exit at BUS 77 (Exit 337A) and turn around.
  • Pedestrians should use the existing paths at University Parks Drive. Remember to look left, right, then left again before crossing the road and put away electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.

Brazos River Overpass – Monday, March 22, to Late Summer 2021

As crews work to remove the overpass, there will be intermittent impacts to both river traffic and pedestrian pathways. Please watch for flaggers on the river as they help to direct traffic on the water.

Once overpass removal is complete at MLK Boulevard, work to remove the northbound overpasses at University Parks Drive and 4th/5th Streets will begin. Each removal is expected to take up to five days and will include closures of all east and westbound lanes that cross under I-35. More information will be shared as work progresses.

Helpful information sources

Schedules are dependent on weather, field conditions and work progress. Follow TxDOT on Twitter @TxDOTWaco for the most current updates on construction activities and lane closures.

Plan ahead and visit for real-time traffic information on I-35 through Waco.