Thursday 12/9: TxDOT to Close 4th Street under I-35 to Continue Roadway Realignment Work

December 7, 2021

WACO, Texas (Dec. 7, 2021) - Beginning at 7 a.m. this Thursday, Dec. 9, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to close 4th Street where it crosses under I-35 until early 2022.

What you need to know as drivers and pedestrians:

  • Prior to 4th Street closing, crews will open the north-to-south U-turn at 5th Street to assist with traffic flow and access to local businesses on the west (downtown) side of the interstate. Please see the 4th Street Closure diagram.
  • During the 4th Street closure, drivers will be directed to use the northbound frontage road and University Parks Drive to travel westbound under I-35.
  • The pedestrian path at 5th Street is expected to remain open. However, intermittent closures may be needed, and the existing pedestrian path at 5th Street may be shifted to 4th Street.

Why are they doing this work?

This work to realign 4th and 5th Streets as traditional T-intersections at the I-35 frontage roads is part of the My35 Waco Construction project. The new traditional T-intersection configuration will improve traffic flow, pedestrian mobility and access to local business. See ‘Realigned 4th and 5th Streets’ diagram.

In early November, crews closed Dutton Avenue from 4th Street to ML Cooper Street adjacent to the Baylor campus to allow crews to continue work to realign 4th and 5th Streets east of I-35.

Schedules are dependent on weather, field conditions and work progress. Plan ahead and visit, for real-time traffic and pedestrian crossing information on I-35 through Waco. Follow @TxDOTWaco on Twitter for the most current updates on construction activities and lane closures.