More than 300 box lunches were waiting when the bands' buses pulled off Interstate 35 Friday.
WACO (October 7, 2013)—The annual pilgrimage from Austin to Dallas could mean slowdowns on northbound Interstate 35 because of work on the highway expansion project in Bell, McLennan and Hill Counties. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 miles per hour in areas where shoulders have been reduced and concrete barriers line both sides of the road for a mile or more, the Texas Department of Transportation said. In addition, crews are replacing the bridge deck on the overpass at U.S. Highway 77 north of Hillsboro with three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes open over the crossing, TxDOT said. The southbound lanes of both I-35E and I-35W are reduced to one lane each just north of the intersection to help control traffic.
Alternate Routes (TxDOT)
SH 95E connects to US 77N, which comes into Waco on the east side. From there, you can take Loop 340/SH 6 to the north and then take the exit for US 84/SH 31. Turn right, and keep following SH 31 northeast through Corsicana to I-45.
From the Waco area take US 84/Waco Dr./Bellmead Dr. through Bellmead and past Loop 340. When US 84/SH 31 split, follow SH 31 to Corsicana, then to I-45N.
Take I-35 north out of Waco to exit #343 at FM 308. Take FM 308 N to I-35E. There is a short zig-zag when FM 308 meets US 77. Just follow the signs for FM 308 and it will connect to I-35E between Carl's Corner and Italy.
To avoid only the I-35 intersection with US 77 at exit #370, take the exit to US 77 and go east on US 77 to Milford. Then turn north onto FM 308 and follow that to I-35E northbound.
WACO (October 11, 2013)--Continuing a tradition that stretches back more than three decades the University of Texas marching band made a lunch stop Friday at a local barbecue restaurant on its way to Dallas for Longhorn’s annual showdown with Oklahoma.
The Longhorn band’s buses pulled off Interstate 35 Friday and stopped in front of Vitek's Barbecue, on Speight Avenue in Waco, where more than 300 box lunches were waiting.
It worked like a well-oiled machine as the buses pulled up.
Students got off, walked past tables of lunches and buckets of bottled water, picked up their meals, and re-boarded their buses.
One reason the process went so smoothly is because Vitek's has been providing box lunches to the 300-member Longhorn Band for more than 30 years on the band’s annual trip to Dallas for the showdown.
"It is huge to get 325 meals out in 15 minutes but we got it done and it was a lot of fun", said Ryan Summers, Vitek’s general manager.
"It's tradition," Summers said.
"Vitek's has always taken great care of us, serves us really well. It's right on the way so it's a smooth in and out transition for us", UT Band Director Robert Carnochan said.
The band will be back in a couple of months when Baylor hosts the Longhorns on Dec. 7 in the Bears’ final game at Floyd Casey Stadium.
"We're looking forward to a great game at the beginning of December with Baylor and we will see what happens," Carnochan said.