It's a request we get frequently from folks in the New Braunfels area - a request to fix the road surface of I-35, particularly through the southern half of the city.
Starting February 26 we'll be doing just that. A $6.3 million project done by Angel Brothers Construction will resurface the road and repair the pavement base at locations identified by engineers as being in some serious need of help. The section of I-35 we'll be working on runs between Solms Road and FM 725 - a 4.3-mile stretch.
Work should wrap up late fall of this year.
So how does this impact you? Monday morning we'll have the northbound lanes trimmed down to two lanes at Walnut Avenue. We'll also have the on-ramp from Spur Street closed (traffic will continue through the Walnut intersection and use the next available ramp). That will last about three weeks before crews do the same thing on the southbound side.
The first work to do will be those structural repairs to the road - kind of like performing a root canal in dentistry. Once the structural repairs are all finished on this job we'll come back and give the road a final surface (like a crown). Drivers may see less-than-perfect (but totally safe) driving surfaces over the summer before we can get that final surface in.
Expect to see nightly closures as the project moves forward, with a handful of total closures of the main lanes - which will only last overnight. One of those total closures will come Sunday night, with the two right lanes closing at 9 p.m. and all lanes shutting down by 11 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.
Look for closure information on our weekly lane closures report right here at the Go Ahead! blog.