I-35 through north Central Austin set for closures overnight Thursday as crews add sign

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I-35 will be closed throughout north Central Austin overnight Feb. 15 as crews install an overhead sign bridge in conjunction with the I-35 at 51st Street project.

The Texas Department of Transportation will close the northbound upper deck at 15th Street beginning at 9 p.m. with traffic diverting to the lower deck, according to a TxDOT news release.

Traffic on the lower deck will be reduced to one lane at 11 p.m. and detour to the I-35 frontage road at Exit 237B, or the 51st/Cameron Road exit. To re-enter the I-35 main lanes, motorists can take the entrance ramp near Barbara Jordan Boulevard.

Starting at 9 p.m., southbound I-35 near US 290 East will be reduced to one lane. A detour will take drivers to the southbound frontage road at Exit 237A, or the Airport Boulevard exit, from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Motorists can re-enter the I-35 main lanes at the entrance ramp near Airport.

East- and westbound US 290 East connections to southbound I-35 will close at 10 p.m., according to release. Cameron Road will serve as an alternate route.

The I-35 at 51st project adds a southbound lane so that through traffic can bypass the traffic signal, reconfigures entrance and exit ramps, and realigns the southbound frontage road to add a roundabout.

Eyeing a spring 2018 completion date, TxDOT received $16.5 million from the city of Austin and Texas Clear Lanes to fund the project. Visit www.my35construction.org for more information.

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The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.
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