At least 30 active construction projects on I-35 in Texas
Crews officially finished a major construction project in Salado Thursday, and it's one of several I-35 projects that are set to finish in the coming months.
TxDOT held a ribbon cutting Thursday morning for the I-35 three lane expansion in Salado.
However, statewide there are more than 30 active construction projects. In the Austin area between Hays County and Williamson County there are eight.
“We’re doing our best to relieve that congestion,” TxDOT spokesperson Diann Hodges said.
Hodges said there are no big projects to watch out for, they can all lead to closures and slow downs. She does say two projects between Austin and Buda are set to finish in the next few months.
“If we have to close a lane, it’ll happen at night, we do everything we can to not impact the travelling public,” Hodges said.
In the Waco area, a TxDOT spokesperson said construction in between Temple and Waco is something drivers need to watch out for. She did say it’s getting better, but that area will see construction for at least another year.
In the Dallas area another TxDOT spokesperson said there could be two projects finishing up in the next few months on I-35 West and East. Those are between Denton and Fort Worth and Denton and Dallas. The stretch from Denton to Dallas is called 35 Express and will add an express lane similar to MoPac’s.
A woman from Laredo was driving her two-month old daughter to North Texas for a doctor’s visit. She saw a lot of I-35 construction.
“More than necessary considering it’s a highway,” Laredo resident Cloudy Machado said. “It’s horrible.”
She says the slow downs are frustrating, but they can also be scary because drivers don’t slow down until the last second. That’s why she wants people to pay attention to signs.
“If they say slow down, slow down, don’t do it at the last minute,” Machado said.