Shift of I-35 Northbound Mainlanes South of Campus Tuesday, March 16

March 15, 2021
NB Shift What to Expect

WACO, Texas (March 15, 2021) - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to shift I-35 northbound mainlanes south of BUS 77 to the newly reconstructed lanes by the Baylor campus from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 16.

What to expect

  • Alternating northbound mainlanes and all northbound entrance and exit ramps by campus will be closed from 12th Street to BUS 77.
  • The northbound frontage road from 14th Street to 8th Street is expected to be open and should help with traffic flow during the shift.

The following ramps are expected to be closed Tuesday until Friday, March 19, to allow for reconstruction:

  • The northbound entrance ramp near 17th Street and the northbound exit ramp for 5th/4th Streets - Downtown - University Parks Drive (Exit 334B) will be reconstructed to connect with the new lanes and are expected to be closed until Friday afternoon, March 19.
  • Northbound drivers will need to exit at 17th/18th Streets (Exit 334) to access 8th Street beginning Wednesday morning, March 17.
  • Northbound entrance ramp will be closed near 17th Street.
  • Additionally, the northbound exit for MLK Boulevard (Exit 335C) will close for up to one year so crews can work in the area.
  • To access Downtown Waco, northbound drivers can exit at 5th/4th Streets - Downtown - University Parks Drive (Exit 334B) once it reopens following the shift.

Northbound reconstruction impact on campus

TxDOT will begin reconstructing the northbound lanes by removing the overpasses at MLK Boulevard, the Brazos River, University Parks Drive and 5th/4th Streets, which will affect east and westbound travel during these activities. More information will be shared as work is scheduled.

TxDOT plans to shift remaining mainlane traffic from BUS 77 to N Loop 340 later this spring.

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.

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