Outer Loop

The Outer Loop, that is remaining, is a five-phase project that will connect Interstate 35 in North and South Temple and improve mobility on the West side. With the continued growth of the city, the Outer Loop will become an essential outlet to reduce congestion on roadways.

The project is broken up into the North and West projects and will create a four-lane roadway with a raised median, bike lanes and pedestrian trails. The project is the result of monies received from Category 7 program funding for Metropolitan Mobility and Rehabilitation projects, TCIP, and RZ.

  • North Outer Loop, Phase I (Central Point to McLane Pkwy)
    • Cost: $7,866,508.40
    • Status: Construction; Complete September 2021
    • The Outer Loop North project will involve extending the already complete section of the loop that stops south of the Research Parkway and Central Pointe Parkway intersection to the intersection with McLane Parkway. The final North Outer Loop will extend from Central Pointe Parkway to Interstate 35 along Research Parkway.
  • North Outer Loop, Phase II (McLane Pkwy to Wendland)
    • Cost: $10,892,439
    • Status: Construction to start Aug. 21 (NTP July 2021, 14 months construction)
  • North Outer Loop, Phase III (Wendland to IH35) {Final Design}
    • Cost: $15.2M
    • Status: Final Design, Const Funded in FY 22
  • Outer Loop West, Phase 1 (Jupiter to Riverside Drive) - Design & ROW (Old Phase IV)
    • Cost: $14.5 – $18 Million (depending on scope)
    • Status: Engineering and ROW acquisition.
    • The Outer Loop West Phase 1 project improves Old Waco Road from south of Jupiter to Riverside Drive in Temple. The proposed project is a 3 -miles long, four-lane vided facility within a 190-foot ROW; it would not be a tolled facility. Curbs, gutters, a hike and bike trail, and dedicated bike lanes to incorporate multimodal transportation would be constructed. There will be a raised boulevard section including a grass median.  A portion of funding by TXDOT is available, requiring a public meeting held in December of 2019 and a detailed environmental assessment.  This meeting presented 3 options for Outer Loop West Phase 2 connection to I-35 with each option included in the environmental assessment.  A public hearing will be scheduled as requirements are met and the chosen alignment will be presented to the public before the end of 2021.  The link below is to the TXDOT website with the 2019 public meeting information included.
  • Outer Loop West Phase 2 (IH 35 South) - Design & ROW (Old Phase V & VI)
    • Cost: $25,000,000
    • Status: Engineering
    • The Outer Loop West Phase 2 project improves Old Waco Road from south of Riverside Drive to IH-35 South in Temple. The proposed project is a 3-miles long, four-lane vided facility within a 190-foot to 500-foot ROW; it would not be a tolled facility. Curbs, gutters, a hike and bike trail, and dedicated bike lanes to incorporate multimodal transportation would be constructed. There will be a raised boulevard section including a grass median.