The project included construction of braided ramps (where one ramp crosses over the other) along the northbound I-35 mainlanes between Hester’s Crossing and RM 620 to enhance safety and mobility along I-35 between U.S. 79 and SH 45 North. Commissioner Cook wrote and read the poem below for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Over, Under and Thru
Commerce, shopping, sports, the arts,
it is our road for everything.
One of the busiest, yes, we face congestion,
wrecks and some missing car parts,
but we all agree one option’s better than nothing.
Our daily routine has long been to hurl
in traffic as moving darts,
weaving, braking, avoiding a ding.
Gulping down coffee, developing indigestion
in traffic with stops & starts,
tapping fingers on the wheel to music or something.
But a plan at TxDOT brewed and unfurled
as relief for racing hearts as
at 70 cars are all merging.
This design planned to give us collision reduction.
Gone will be visual arcs,
merging frenzies, rapid lanes slides and frantic braking.
Beams one hundred fifty feet long,
these huge joists carry us far
past the jammed highway traffic slowing
Over, under, away from the highway seduction.