I-35 Improvement Project in Cooke County
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TxDOT is planning improvements for the widening of I-35 from FM 3002 in Cooke County, Texas to mile marker 1/Merle Wolfe Road in Love County, Oklahoma. Planned improvements include updating the roadway to current design standards and providing congestion relief for expected future traffic increases.

As part of the planning process, TxDOT has conducted an environmental assessment for the proposed widening and realignment of I-35 from FM 3002 in Cooke County, Texas, to mile marker 1/Merle Wolfe Road in Love County, Oklahoma. An EA is a report that documents the existing social, economic and environmental conditions, assesses effects of the proposed alternative and identifies potential mitigation. The EA will also evaluate the effects of a no-build alternative.

Project Information

The 22-mile project extending from FM 3002 to mile marker 1 in Oklahoma includes:

  • One additional lane in each direction (interim configuration)
  • Two additional lanes in each direction (ultimate configuration)
  • Realignment of portions of the roadway
  • Two new bridges over the Red River
  • Removal of the northbound Red River bridge
  • Conversion of the southbound Red River bridge to a frontage road
  • Conversion of two-way frontage roads to one way
  • New right of way

Get Involved

Public meetings for this project occurred on Feb. 5, 2015, in Gainesville, Texas, and Sept. 30, 2015, in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Attendees were invited to review the purpose and need for the project, review evaluation and screening of alternatives, review a preliminary schematic of the Preferred Build Alternative and to provide input. As a result of input received at the public meetings, TxDOT revised the schematic to accommodate requests and lessen impacts.

TxDOT worked with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. to conduct the Environmental Assessment.  A meeting to present to the public and collect comments on the proposed changes in the realignment of the BNSF rail line within the Valley View section as well as the proposed changes in access at 3rd Street in Valley View, Texas, was held on Sept. 28, 2017. At that time TxDOT presented alternatives and collected comments on the rail alignment alternatives. In late 2019, the BNSF rail alignment option was removed in its entirety and is no longer being considered with this project. A public meeting was held in Valley View on Feb. 27, 2020, to present the modified schematic with the BNSF rail remaining in its current location.

FHWA approved the draft EA for public review, and a virtual public hearing was held on Sept. 15, 2020, to solicit comments from the public. The Final EA addressing all comments was prepared with a Finding of No Significant Impact issued by the FHWA in December 2020.

Next Steps

  • Continue right of way acquisition
  • Complete final design of the various phases
  • Consider public comments
  • TxDOT is looking at ways to keep the public informed of the construction progress for the first phase that began construction in the summer of 2021

Downloads

Past Meetings, Hearings and Reports

Contact Us

TxDOT Wichita Falls District
1601 SW Parkway
Wichita Falls, TX 76302-4906

(940) 720-7744
Email

Updated: July 20, 2021

 

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