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Re: Waco I-35 Reconstruction
« Reply #25 on: August 20, 2019, 01:58:03 PM »

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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2019, 02:02:16 PM »

It is worth pointing out that the complete construction plans are online, if anyone wants to delve into the details of how it costs this much.

ftp://plans.dot.state.tx.us/State-Let-Construction/2018/12%20December%202018/12%20Contract%20Plans/

Scroll down to "McLennan 0015-01-243"--there are two volumes of plans aggregating to over 1.2 GB.  (There was once a time when it was very unusual for TxDOT to advertise a contract whose plans ran to over 700 MB.)

The link still does not work.

This project probably includes a new bridge over the Brazos River. And I noticed on the northern end, near TSTC, TxDot appears to be just filling in the median, and expanding the present bridges (including the cast concrete ones). Seems that section will still be paved and not rebuilt as concrete.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2019, 02:09:13 AM »

I'm having a horrible time trying to make the links work.  Once you get the FTP page open, it works fine, but if you click a link from another site it messes up.  Even copying and pasting the links doesn't work.  That gives me either a blank page or a different page at the exact same address.  I didn't think that was possible.  Apparently, you have to have the links in your browser history in order to use them.  This is maddening.

I found a solution.  Go to this page on the regular HTML side of the site and click into the FTP access that way.  Then go to State-Let-Construction, 2018, and December.  Once the links are in your browser history, they work properly, or at least they do for me.
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/business/plansonline/ftpinfo.htm

Anyway, there are new freeway bridges over the Brazos in the plans.  They include something called 620 foot continuous box girder units.  That looks like about the entire length.  The existing frontage road bridges apparently will remain.  Those are decorative, anyway.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2019, 12:13:39 PM »

The link still does not work.

I'm having a horrible time trying to make the links work.  Once you get the FTP page open, it works fine, but if you click a link from another site it messes up.  Even copying and pasting the links doesn't work.  That gives me either a blank page or a different page at the exact same address.  I didn't think that was possible.  Apparently, you have to have the links in your browser history in order to use them.  This is maddening.

Actually, I think this is my fault.  The link I posted does not have the username and password for the Plans Online FTP server--I think because I copied it from the browser bar (Firefox hides the username/password element in FTP URLs once it finishes loading the page) rather than right-clicking on the appropriate folder and choosing "Copy link" from the context menu.

If you click on a Plans Online link that does not have the username/password right in the URL, the server will return a 550 error that implies (incorrectly) the resource is not available.  It is there--click-though simply didn't supply the correct credentials.

This link should be clickable.  I have tested it (using preview before committing this post) and found it to be so.

ftp://planuser:txdotplans@plans.dot.state.tx.us/State-Let-Construction/2018/12%20December%202018/12%20Plans/
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2019, 01:37:04 PM »

That link works.  That's interesting.  I'll have to remember that: go up a level, and copy the link to the folder.
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Re: Waco I-35 Reconstruction
« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2019, 01:59:06 AM »

I will reply over there.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2019, 02:01:00 AM »

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The next five years or so will be miserable, take loop 340.

With that out of the way, why rebuild (tear up and relay concrete) the I-35 stretch in Waco? The concrete must be only 10 years old. The intersections near Baylor and the river with its 1960s designed cast concrete bridges need to be replaced but to reconstruct the whole highway?

At least they are replacing cement with cement this time.

Other times it seems as if cement is being phased out.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2019, 07:21:02 AM »

The next five years or so will be miserable, take loop 340.
With that out of the way, why rebuild (tear up and relay concrete) the I-35 stretch in Waco? The concrete must be only 10 years old. The intersections near Baylor and the river with its 1960s designed cast concrete bridges need to be replaced but to reconstruct the whole highway?
At least they are replacing cement with cement this time.
Other times it seems as if cement is being phased out.

Are they raising the grade of the highway?  To meet modern drainage standards?
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #33 on: August 22, 2019, 05:59:48 PM »

There is quite a bit of raising.  The new road will go above 12th St. instead of below.  The section between from 5th to near Forrest St. is consistently 5 to 10 feet higher.  It's substantially higher near Peach St.  The natural ground level doesn't even show on the chart.  The topographic map says it's at 392 feet and the plan calls for the road to be at about 409.  The Street View makes that look like an area with drainage challenges.  North of Forrest mostly follows the existing ground except where it's higher to meet the higher overpasses.  The BU 77 overpass will have substantially higher clearance, over 20 feet.  The US 84 and Behrens/Wheeler overpasses will both have higher clearances and be of thicker design, about 5 feet.  The first one is all elevated, but the latter two will be surrounded by higher ground as necessary for things to line up.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #34 on: August 22, 2019, 09:22:02 PM »

There is quite a bit of raising.  The new road will go above 12th St. instead of below.

Hence, they can't use the pre-existing pavement!  New grade, new pavement.
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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2021, 04:54:43 PM »

The Waco newspaper reports on construction reaching the halfway point. The article includes a large collection of project photos taken since the project started.

https://wacotrib.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/halfway-point-of-waco-i-35-project-to-be-marked-by-lane-switch-brazos-bridge/article_2c4f1450-73fb-11eb-8c07-cb8a82a2afe4.html

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Despite obstacles that include the outbreak of COVID-19, Webber crews are setting a brisk pace. As of last month, Webber had completed work valued at $224 million, or 61% of the Texas Department of Transportation contract’s total, in 42% of TxDOT’s timetable, TxDOT spokesperson Jake Smith said.

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Re: Bids for IH 35 Waco rebuild/widening opened, $458 million
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2021, 12:44:49 PM »

Following same procedure they did with I35 rebuild. Rebuild one side then shift traffic over and tear down the old section.
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