TxDOT Seeks Input on I-35 Improvements

TEMPLE, TX (April 30, 2024) - Residents of Belton and Temple are invited to receive a significant infrastructure update as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announces plans for proposed improvements to Interstate 35. The enhancements are aimed at accommodating the future extension of Interstate 14 to revolutionize mobility, connectivity, and safety across urban and rural areas, military bases, ports, and various economic sectors, including freight, energy, timber, and agriculture.

The proposed project, known as the I-14 Extension, will stretch from Loop 121 in Belton to Loop 363/US 190/SH 36 in Temple. This section, referred to as "Segment 1", is part of a broader initiative to extend I-14 all the way from Belton to BU 190 in Rogers, TX, comprising a total of three segments.

To engage the community and gather input, TxDOT is hosting a virtual public meeting with an option for in-person attendance. On Thursday, May 2, 2024, starting at 5 p.m., interested parties can access the virtual workshop by visiting TxDOT.gov and searching for "I-14 Extension". The materials, including informational display boards, will be available for viewing until May 17, 2024.

Additionally, an in-person public meeting will be held at Cadence Bank Center, 301 W. Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513, on the same date from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees can expect to view displays and have the opportunity to ask questions directly to TxDOT staff and leave written comments. Unlike the virtual option, there won't be a formal presentation, allowing community members to come and go as they please.

Feedback can be submitted through various channels, including in-person comment forms, email, mail, or online through the TxDOT website. All comments received by Friday, May 17, 2024, will be considered as part of the public meeting summary.

For further inquiries, individuals can reach out to TxDOT Waco District Public Information Officer Jake Smith at Jacob.Smith@txdot.gov or by phone at 254-867-2836. With the community's input and participation, the proposed I-35 improvements are poised to shape the future of transportation in the region.