Overnight I-35 lane closures in Round Rock will continue through Nov. 2

The view of construction from what was once the FM 3406 bridge looking west across I-35 in October 2017.

The view of construction from what was once the FM 3406 bridge looking west across I-35 in October 2017.

Overnight lane closures on southbound I-35 at FM 3406 will continue nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday through Thursday this week. Removal of the FM 3406 bridge took place this weekend.

The northbound I-35 right lane will be closed between RM 620 and Westinghouse Road nightly from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

On Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation closed the bridge at FM 3406 or Old Settlers Boulevard and I-35 for the next 10 months, over the duration of its widening and reconstruction project.

TxDOT is rerouting drivers both westbound and eastbound as a result. Westbound drivers will detour to the newly constructed FM 3406 U-turn bridge to cross over I-35. Eastbound drivers will be detoured to the southbound feeder road and use the U-turn at US 79.

Over the next 10 months, construction will also require overnight lane closures on I-35 to set the beams and pour concrete. Road signs have been placed to alert drivers on a weekly basis. TxDOT is asking drivers to remain patient and allow for extra travel time.

When the bridge reopens at the end of summer 2018, most of the bridge work will likely be complete. The project will result in a bridge with two lanes in each direction in addition to left- and right-turn lanes to the I-35 feeder road from FM 3406.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.