A hiccup in plans for I-35 congestion relief, Austin ISD trustees to vote on sale of district headquarters and more for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Nov. 27-Dec. 1

The Texas Department of Transportation is considering removing the upper decks of I-35 as part of its updated $8.1 billion plan for improving traffic congestion on I-35.

The Texas Department of Transportation is considering removing the upper decks of I-35 as part of its updated $8.1 billion plan for improving traffic congestion on I-35.

In the days ahead, decisions will be made regarding the sale of four Austin ISD-owned properties, and an event will be held by local pizzerias to help end child hunger. Hyperlocal news is also slated for area mailboxes this week with the arrival of Southwest Austin's Community Impact Newspaper on Wednesday. Here's what else to know this week:

Trustees to vote on sale of Austin ISD headquarters and 3 other district-owned properties
At tonight's regular board meeting, Austin ISD trustees will vote on the sales of four district-owned properties, including its 2.8-acre headquarters.

A call for bids on the properties—which include the Carruth Administration Center, the Millett Opera House, the Baker Center, and two tracts of land at Doris Drive and Tannehill Lane—were made in September.


Three local pizzerias to host final DOUGHvember dinner series Tuesday
This year’s DOUGHvember event will culminate with three local pizzerias—Home Slice Pizza, VIA 313 and Pinthouse Pizza—teaming up to benefit national nonprofit No Kid Hungry, a mission to end child hunger in America.

Hosted every Tuesday night in November by Home Slice Pizza, DOUGHvember benefits local children’s charities by donating a portion of the night’s dine-in sales.

The event will be held 5-11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Home Slice Pizza located at 1415 S. Congress Ave. in downtown Austin.

Central Health opens new clinic in Del Valle to serve residents of east Travis County
On Nov. 20, in partnership with Travis County, Central Health and CommUnityCare Health Centers opened a new clinic in Del Valle.

In a recent press release Central Health stated health care services will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through CommUnityCare, which is funded by Central Health. Integral Care, a partner of Central Health, will also provide behavioral health services on Mondays.

TxDOT could face hiccup in plans to add 4 toll lanes to I-35
Recently announced plans to add toll lanes to I-35 in Central Texas could already be facing resistance from the state’s top leadership.

On Oct. 30, the Texas Department of Transportation announced an updated $8.1 billion plan for I-35 that included adding four toll lanes from RM 1431 in Round Rock to SH 45 SE near Buda.

However, in a Nov. 16 letter to the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission—the governing board for TxDOT—Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he opposes the agency’s plan to add toll lanes to 15 projects in the Unified Transportation Plan, which is TxDOT’s 10-year plan that guides construction, development and planning activities.

Check your mailbox for hyperlocal news Wednesday
The November edition of Southwest Austin's Community Impact Newspaper is scheduled to be in mailboxes across the region Wednesday, Nov. 29.

This month's lead stories look at major transportation projects coming to the area, as well as an overview of recent commercial and mixed-use developments.

Also, be on the look out for holiday gift ideas from area retailers.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.