$14 million I-35 update in San Marcos now underway

Construction began this week for improvements at I-35 and River Ridge Parkway. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction began this week for improvements at I-35 and River Ridge Parkway. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction began this week for improvements at I-35 and River Ridge Parkway. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

A project to relocate a major entrance ramp along I-35 in San Marcos began construction this week, according to an update from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The $14 million project, which affects I-35 from Loop 82 to River Ridge Parkway, will include the construction of new northbound ramps to reduce backups on the main lanes and frontage road, according to TxDOT.


More specifically, information from TxDOT states the project will see the relocation of the existing northbound I-35 entrance ramp south of River Ridge Parkway, the construction a new northbound I-35 exit ramp north of Loop 82 and the reconstruction of the northbound I-35 frontage road.

“The City of San Marcos is experiencing extraordinary population growth and it is expected to continue for the next decade, resulting in more drivers and increased congestion,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson said in a press release. “The I-35 from Loop 82 to River Ridge Parkway project will address bottlenecks created by the increase in traffic and enhance safety.”

The release states construction on the project is expected to be complete mid-2022, weather permitting.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.