Temple – Starting at 7 p.m. on May 1, significant changes will be made in the traffic patterns over I-35, on both the Central Avenue and Adams Avenue bridges (exit 301). This will allow the contractor to continue to work on both the new Adams Avenue and new Central Avenue bridges at the same time. Concrete barrier and other controls will be in place to direct traffic in the new patterns. Travelers are encouraged to read all detour signs for proper direction and plan for extra time to drive through this area. Consider alternate routes for the duration of these changes.
The northbound exit off I-35 to Central Avenue/Adams Avenue will remain open in its current configuration. The existing northbound access road between Central Avenue and Adams Avenue will be closed. Exiting traffic will make a right turn onto Central Avenue, where only one lane of traffic will be approaching from the west to merge with. The left turn (north) onto 31st will not be allowed. To access the businesses north of Adams Avenue, travelers will be directed east to turn north on 29th, 27th, or 25th streets (all with signals to control traffic access to Adams Avenue). After turning west (left) onto Adams Avenue, they can access the businesses, and/or get back onto the northbound frontage road (with no competing traffic coming from the northbound access road).
The southbound exit off of I-35, to Central Avenue/Adams Avenue will remain open, with some significant changes. Access-road traffic will be able to stay on the southbound frontage road under Adams Avenue to access the businesses south of Central Avenue or to enter I-35 southbound. No left turns onto Central Avenue will be allowed, as the Central Avenue bridge will be demolished as part of the upcoming work. The traffic light at the Central Avenue/access road intersection will be removed, as there will be no traffic entering the intersection from the west. Southbound traffic will have to turn west (right) onto Adams Avenue to get to Airport Road or FM 2305. Southbound travelers needing to access downtown Temple will need to turn south (left) onto 43rd Street, 47th Street, or Apache Drive, then east (left) onto Adams Avenue (the left turn north onto 31st Street will not be allowed). Travelers needing to access FM 2305 westbound can use the same crossings and turn west (right) onto FM 2305 (this utilizes the same crossing detours that have been in place for some time now).
Travelers going east on Adams Avenue will be able to turn south to access southbound I-35 or continue east towards downtown Temple. Eastbound travelers will be detoured from eastbound Central Avenue onto the Adams Avenue bridge, which will be changed to a two-way (eastbound-westbound) configuration. Once eastbound travelers cross over I-35, they will be directed south onto 33rd Street then east onto Central Avenue. The left turn (north) onto 31st Street will not be allowed.
Travelers going west on Adams Avenue (from downtown Temple) can access the northbound frontage road as usual, with no competing traffic from the frontage road south of Adams Avenue. Drivers continuing west will be directed onto Airport Road when they cross I-35. Westbound travelers needing to access FM 2305 or to turn back east (left) on Adams Avenue will use the existing detour crossings at 43rd Street, 47th Street, or Apache Drive to turn south (left), then west (right).
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