UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:31am
Waco, Texas — Southbound Interstate 35 over University Parks Drive (exit 335B) in Waco will be reduced to one lane for at least two nights and two days, beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, in order to perform repair work on the concrete pavement in the center lane. Both the left and center lanes will be closed during repair and for several hours afterwards as the new pavement cures to the proper strength level. It is expected to take at least 40 hours, and, barring unforeseen difficulties, should be complete by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 2.
People traveling from Dallas to San Antonio should expect major delays and take the time to consider alternate routes to avoid those bottlenecks. Motorists on the west side of the metroplex should consider using SH 377 South to SH 281 South. From the east side of the metroplex, motorists can take US 45 South to US 79 South at Buffalo to I-35 in Round Rock.
Local traffic is encouraged to plan alternate routes for the duration of the repair work.
Through traffic (truckers, etc.) is encouraged to use Loop 340 around Waco and reconnect to I-35 on the south side of town.
Maintenance of this type is usually done at night so as not to impact traffic any more than necessary, but for the safety of the driving public we felt it necessary to get this portion of the work done before the July 4th weekend, due to the possibility of higher than normal traffic during the three-day weekend.
These repairs are more extensive and durable than previous short-term repairs, and therefore require a longer construction window. Additional repairs to the understructure of the bridge will be scheduled later.