TEMPLE (November 9, 2012) ---James Construction Group, a subsidiary of Primoris Services Corp., has signed a $241.3 million contract with the Texas Department of Transportation to widen the existing 4 lanes of Interstate 35 to eight lanes through Temple.
Work is scheduled to begin in mid-2013.
A press release from Primoris says the project will include 20 new bridges and frontage roads along the highway.
Drivers who live and work in the area say the project will be worth the wait.
"It has been unmerciful because I repo cars and these highways need to be expanded immediately," tow truck driver Tyler Ray said.
The expansion will also add more capacity to an already heavily traveled highway in Central Texas.
Ken Roberts with TxDOT said between 80,000 and 100,000 vehicles travel I-35 each day in Central Texas and a third of those vehicles are 18-wheelers.
"We'll have greater space to accommodate the traffic that we have there and that will increase safety," Roberts said.
The expansion will also bring new business opportunities to Temple.
Temple Mayor Bill Jones said the area around I-35 will undergo a transformation.
"The industrial type businesses that are along Interstate 35 currently are locating into the industrial park so they are moving to where their business is more conducive to the type of operation in and around the area and that allows for redevelopment for retail for multifamily living," Jones said.