Long-term detours are planned to begin Wednesday, January 26, 2011, weather permitting, at the intersection of I-35 and Business US 77 north of Lacy-Lakeview in McLennan County. These changes are expected to last from 12-18 months. Only the northbound I-35 and BU 77 traffic will be affected by this change, including the I-35 northbound-side frontage road. Southbound lanes and frontage roads will not be affected at this time.
The following changes are planned:
• Northbound I-35 exit 342B will be closed for the duration of this work. Motorists should use exit 342A (Crest Drive/FM 2417).
• Northbound BU 77 connecting to northbound I-35 – traffic will detour onto the southbound-side I-35 frontage road approximately .8 miles to Crest Drive/FM 2417, turn left onto Crest Dr. and left again onto the northbound-side frontage road, entering northbound I-35 at the on-ramp to the north.
• Northbound I-35 connecting to BU 77 – traffic will exit I-35 at 342A (Crest Dr./FM 2417) and turn left onto Crest Dr., which connects to BU 77.
• The northbound-side I-35 frontage road will be converted to one-way northbound between BU 77 and Lincoln City Road. No southbound traffic will be allowed on the frontage road south of Lincoln City Road.
Message boards will be placed along the highway several days before the changes take place, to warn drivers of the impending changes, in addition to long-term detour signs.
Williams Brothers Construction started work on this project (from N. Loop 340 in Waco to FM 1858 near West) on October 22, 2010, as part of TxDOT’s commitment to widen I-35 to a minimum of three lanes in each direction from San Antonio to the east-west split above Hillsboro. Work on this section is expected to take four years, with completion anticipated in the fall of 2014.
Motorists are advised to observe all warning signs, traffic control devices, and police officers in the project area.
Efforts to improve the I-35 corridor throughout the state would not be possible without the support of local governments, the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress. In addition to the ongoing $1.9 billion dollar expansion of I-35 through TxDOT’s Waco District, a number of critical projects are underway in the Dallas/Fort Worth region to improve I-35 connections to I-820 and I-635 thanks to a partnership with the private sector. Meanwhile, TxDOT continues to plan for the long-term future of the I-35 corridor through the MY 35 citizen-driven planning process. For more information about I-35 expansion projects or the MY 35 planning effort, visit www.my35.org.