TxDOT Pass-Through Financing agreement has been executed. An open house was held on April 12, 2012. To view the open house handouts, click here. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 31, 2013. Construction is underway and is anticipated to be completed in late Fall 2015.
For the latest construction update, click here.
Ramp Closure: Williamson County’s contractor Hunter Industries is scheduled to permanently close the existing entrance ramp to Interstate Highway 35 just south of Inner Loop on Monday, August 10, 2015. All northbound frontage road traffic will have to proceed north through the intersection at Inner Loop and enter IH 35 at the new entrance ramp south of RM 2243 (Leander Road).
This closure provides a safe work zone for the contractors to remove the existing ramp and construct the new Northbound Exit Ramp 259B.
An electronic message board will be set to provide advance notification to the public for this ramp closure. No traffic delays are anticipated due to the planned ramp closure. Work will be completed in approximately four weeks weather permitting.
From Monday, August 24, through Friday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again Monday, August 31, through Friday, September 4, the County’s contractor Hunter Industries is scheduled to set up daytime closures of varying lanes on the northbound frontage road between Westinghouse Road and SH 29. This will also include closing of the entrance and exit ramps within these limits periodically. This may cause some delays in daily travel along the northbound frontage road.
The closures from August 24 to 28 are necessary for Hunter to mill the joints for the tie-ins and to place the final surface course of hot mix on the frontage road, driveways, and ramps. While Exit Ramp 259 (Inner Loop) is closed, traffic will have to exit Exit Ramp 257 for Westinghouse Rd. The ramps will only be closed long enough to do the work necessary and then they will be reopened. The closures from August 31 through September 4 are necessary for Hunter Industries to perform driveway work and finish curb and gutter placement at the proposed northbound exit ramp 259B.
From August 30 through September 3, Williamson County’s contractor Hunter Industries is scheduled to set up night time closures of varying lanes on the northbound mainlanes of IH 35 from 8:00 p.m. each night to 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The northbound mainlanes will be impacted from Westinghouse Road to SH 29. Expect delays. These closures are necessary for the contractor to mill the existing asphalt, apply a seal coat, and then pave permeable friction course asphalt on the mainlanes of IH 35 and at all of the new entrance and exit ramps. The lane closures will reduce the northbound lanes from three lanes to one lane. The traffic will be switched between the inside and outside lanes. At times, the northbound ramps (entrance and exit) will be closed within these limits so the tie-ins can be milled, sealed, and paved.
Every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public and the workers during this operation. Peace officers will be on site to provide a safety presence during these lane closures. Electronic message boards will be set to provide advance notification to the public for these lane closures.