BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Drivers in Hays County experienced more delays than usual after the Texas Department of Transportation abruptly closed a ramp on Interstate 35 to State Highway 45 Wednesday.
TxDOT officials say the amount of rain the area has seen this year ended up causing moisture to build and saturate the ramp between the retaining walls from northbound I-35 to SH 45 Southeast and SH 130. Crews tried to repair the problem before Labor Day but the problem still exists, forcing the emergency closure.
TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna says safety is the agency’s first priority. “This is not a normal thing, it’s something irregular but that’s why we are working a permanent repair. We are constantly driving our roadways to see where there are areas are for improvement,” says Reyna.
In the meantime, a temporary pavement fix will be made in order to safely open the ramp, which could happen within the next week. For now, drivers should use the Farm to Market 1327 exit ramp (#223) as a way to reach the SH 45SE flyover.