TxDot says we are getting closer to the opening of the I-35 exit at mile marker 300 in Temple.

The new southbound exit from I-35 at mile marker 300 is about to open in Temple. Txdot Mobility Coordinator John Habermann says the new exit near the HK Dodgen Loop will help lighten congestion, and give motorists better access to area stores and restaurants along General Bruce Drive.

Txdot officials held a community forum at the Mayborn Civic Center on Tuesday evening to update residents on the progress of current I-35 projects.

Paving and striping of the new southbound I-35 exit continues this week and the expected opening is about two weeks away. Habermann announced that the completion date for the rest of the road work in that area would be moved back to the spring of 2019.