A portion of Interstate 35 will be destroyed in central Texas this week to make way for new, updated bridges.
According to The Waco Tribune-Herald the demolition of the main lane northbound I-35 bridge through Waco, Texas over the Brazos river is expected to start Monday and last through Friday, March 26th. Because of the demolition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard crossing under I-35 will also be shut down – eastbound traffic will be diverted to the southbound frontage road and westbound traffic will be directed to the main lanes of I-35.
In preparation for the demolition, the Texas Department of Transportation shifted all I-35 traffic to the freshly built southbound lanes between 12th street and Business 77 last week, so those using I-35 over the Brazos River on a daily basis should already be familiar with the new traffic pattern.
The demolition of the Brazos River bridge is expected to last through late summer 2021 and is part of a $341 million project to rebuild and expand the highway between 12th Street and North Loop 340. The improvement project is expected to be completed in 2023. According to an engineer for TXDOT, 65% of the I-35 project budget has already been spent.