Resurface and repair: $6.3 million I-35 project starts in NB
Mar. 16, 2017
Work again is set to begin on a road resurfacing project the Texas Department of Transportation has planned for a stretch of Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
The project is expected to disrupt traffic in town from when it begins this weekend through late fall of this year, according to a news release sent Wednesday from the offices of New Braunfels City Hall.
“Beginning Sunday, March 19, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will launch a $6.3 million project that will resurface and repair pavement base on a section of I-35 between Solms Road and FM 725 (Seguin Avenue), a 4.3 mile stretch,” the statement read. “On the morning of Monday, March 20, TxDOT will have the northbound lanes trimmed down to two lanes at Walnut Avenue and will also have the on-ramp from Schmidt Avenue closed — traffic will continue through the Walnut intersection and use the next available ramp.”
The work, which will be performed by Angel Brothers Construction, already has been scheduled to begin twice and postponed both times.
The original start date was Sunday, Feb. 26. Josh Donat, TxDOT public information officer, said materials needed to replace the pavement had not been approved in time to start that day.
TxDOT settled on March 5 to start the work but weather forecasted — and realized — that weekend caused further delays. The transportation department considered starting on the most recent Sunday but the local public school districts’ spring break got in the way of those ideas.
Donat said a full overnight closure of northbound I-35 at Walnut will begin about 11 p.m. Sunday and conclude by about 6 a.m. Monday.
“Between 6 a.m. Monday, March 20 and 6 a.m. April 10, we’ll have the right lane of I-35 at Walnut closed while crews do continuous work at the Walnut Avenue overpass bridge joint. We’ll also have that northbound entrance ramp from Schmidt Avenue closed during this time period; traffic will continue through Walnut and use the next available ramp,” he added.
The lane configuration at Walnut is expected to last about three weeks before crews set up the southbound side of the highway the same way, according to the city’s news release.
Officials have said the beginning of the project will focus on structural repairs and once those are complete, crews will lay a final surface on the road. Before the final coat is in place, drivers can expect to see unpaved lanes that are safe for traveling.
Motorists can expect the highway to be closed in town from 8 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. Throughout the course of the project, there are expected to be a handful of total closures of the main lanes of I-35, which will last overnight.
“Travelers should keep in mind that tapering down the northbound main lanes to a full closure will require beginning the process several miles in advance, so the stack up of traffic could be substantial. TxDOT is placing this information on the overhead digital message signs in San Antonio to let drivers know of this delay so they may possibly consider other routes to their destination,” the New Braunfels press release said.
“These overnight closures are relatively common along the I-35 corridor, and along other areas we’re doing major work at,” Donat said. “Just last month I had more than a half-dozen closures like this in San Antonio and traffic was able to move along pretty smoothly. We use off-duty officers to enforce the closure area and to direct traffic at intersections to keep things moving.”
Closure information can be found on TxDOT’s weekly lane closures report on the Go Ahead! blog at http://txdotsanantonio.blogspot.com/search/label/closures.