I-35/US 380 Interim Safety Improvements

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City staff and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to improve the safety of the I-35 and University intersection. To improve safety, there will be entrance and exit ramp switches to address the backing up of traffic that occurs in this area. The current entrance ramp north of Oak Street will be reconstructed to serve as the exit ramp, allowing drivers to exit the highway with ample distance to the US 380 intersection. Additionally, the current exit ramp to US 380 will be reconstructed to be an entrance ramp. Together, these improvements will assist in addressing current safety

City staff and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to improve the safety of the I-35 and University intersection. To improve safety, there will be entrance and exit ramp switches to address the backing up of traffic that occurs in this area. The current entrance ramp north of Oak Street will be reconstructed to serve as the exit ramp, allowing drivers to exit the highway with ample distance to the US 380 intersection. Additionally, the current exit ramp to US 380 will be reconstructed to be an entrance ramp. Together, these improvements will assist in addressing current safety concerns.

Project Status

I-35 North of Oak Street to South Of US 380*

*Estimated project phase timelines are for listed for active or planned projects. The projects are the most recent tentative timelines provided from TxDOT. Project phase timelines include the year range of a project life cycle including at least four phases of construction: planning, design, advertise, bid and award, and construction.

Estimate project timelines may change due to weather, contractor scheduling, among other factors and will be updated as needed.

  • Interim Safety Improvements Update

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    TxDOT is set to initiate construction on interim safety improvements on the I-35 ramp to US 380 in July 2021 and those will be completed by January 2022. TxDOT has identified the need for a substantial long-term solution to safely accommodate the increased traffic volume. This long-term solution will be part of the I-35 Widening Project, which is anticipated to be under construction between mid-2022 and early calendar year 2023. The proposed interim safety solution is to switch the existing entry and exit ramps. The current layout has an entrance ramp north of Oak St. This entrance ramp will be reconstructed to serve as the exit ramp to allow drivers to exit the highway with an ample distance to the intersection with Highway 380. Additionally, the current exit ramp to Highway 380 will be reconstructed to be an entrance ramp, meaning drivers will longer be able to exit from this location. Together, these improvements eliminate the safety concerns with the current exit ramp’s close proximity to the intersection with Highway 380.


  • Construction Expected to Begin in the Fall

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    TxDOT expects construction to begin for the interim solution in the fall of 2021 and is currently working on the final design. After the interim ramp is in place, City staff will adjust the traffic light timing as needed to improve traffic flow.


    As noted in the graphic, there will be entrance and exit ramp switches to address the backing up of traffic that occurs in this area. The current entrance ramp north of Oak Street will be reconstructed to serve as the exit ramp, allowing drivers to exit the highway with ample distance to the US 380 intersection. Additionally, the current exit ramp to US 380 will be reconstructed to be an entrance ramp.