WACO (September 3, 2012)--With construction projects in the works for a 96-mile stretch of highway, TxDOT has developed new ways to inform and update motorists traveling I-35.
"Reconstructing almost 100 miles of interstate is a massive job for the department, but at the end of the day we at TxDOT want to be as responsive and helpful as we can to our fellow Texans," I-35 Information Specialist Jodi Wheatley said.
Drivers can sign up for daily lane closure updates, 7-day lane closure forecasts and high-impact change notifications through a TxDOT website specifically developed for I-35 users.
Also, the I-35 Traveler Information System, developed by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), monitors real-time speeds and disseminates the information on message boards.
An online map, known as Drive Texas, providing traffic conditions, traffic and weather feeds and other links was recently launched online.
Another way TxDOT hopes to help drivers is through their Twitter feed (@I35travel) and the department's Facebook page.
The 96-mile stretch of highway from Hillsboro to Salado is a $2.1 billion project not due to be completed until 2017.
Eight of 17 projects are currently underway.