Updated concepts: A third lane in each direction can be added to the I-35 upper decks in Austin and the interstate may be depressed under 15th Street, based on new concepts announced by Sen. Kirk Watson and TxDOT.
"The new concept is the result of hard work, analysis and study by the Mobility35 team and a community-driven process that will improve mobility and safety on I-35 in a uniquely Austin way, respecting the needs of neighbors while meeting the needs of the region, state and nation," Watson said.
TxDOT also has plans for an additional lane in each direction along the lower level of I-35 and other operational improvements.
10-year plan for projects: The Capital area now has a 10-year working program to improve I-35 through Williamson, Travis and Hays counties. Based on the Capital Area Implementation Plan for each county, the program includes a series of stand-alone projects which can be implemented individually as funding becomes available. The 10-year plan for Mobility35 currently includes 28 state projects actively under project development, from project planning and environmental study, to design and construction. This three-county $4.3 billion program could be complete by 2025, if funding can be found. The projects include the addition of two express lanes, one in each direction, that run the length of the corridor, as well as ramp improvements, direct connectors, innovative intersections, and technological improvements to increase driver awareness and choice.
Public Open House: You are invited to an open house scheduled this month to focus on I-35 improvements over Lady Bird Lake and at Riverside Drive. The open house will be on Tuesday, July 21between 5:30-7 p.m. at the Martin Middle School cafeteria, located at 1601 Haskell Street in Austin. A brief presentation will be made at 6 p.m. For those unable to attend the meeting, a Virtual Open Housewill be available from July 21 - Aug. 3. (For more information, please see project spotlight below.)