The Texas Department of Transportation is planning improvements to Interstate-35 East that would reconstruct and widen existing frontage roads and convert all two-way lanes into one-way lanes.

The improvements would extend from US Highway 77 south of Waxahachie to US Highway 77 north of Waxahachie for a total distance of approximately 11 miles. According to a TxDOT media release, the proposed frontage roads would include a 12-foot inside lane, a 14-foot outside shared use lane, six-foot sidewalks throughout and provide new pedestrian bridges alongside U.S. 287 East and West of Interstate 35.

Additional improvements also include new Interstate-35 East overpasses at Lofland Drive, Butcher Road, Sterrett Road and a new interchange at Hotel Drive at Ovilla Road and improvements to Farm-to-Market 6 and Farm-to-Market 1446.

The project also proposed to build two direct connectors at the U.S. 287/Interstate-35 East interchange to relieve the current congestion at the intersection.

Four properties would experience direct impact from the proposed project, including taking right-of-way from properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It is also anticipated that the proposed project would result in fill within waters and would require authorization by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its impact to wetlands.

A draft environmental assessment and a public hearing on the proposed project will be available for public review 6 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Waxahachie Civic Center Ballrooms 1 and 2, located at 2000 Civic Center Lane. Comments on the proposed project must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, May 28 to be included in the official record.

For more information, call 214-320-4480 or go online at www.txdot.gov.