Four ongoing transportation updates to know in Central Austin

Just north of the Texas Capitol, construction is underway for a project that will add a tree-lined mall and two state office buildings. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper
Just north of the Texas Capitol, construction is underway for a project that will add a tree-lined mall and two state office buildings. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper

Just north of the Texas Capitol, construction is underway for a project that will add a tree-lined mall and two state office buildings. Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper

I-35 construction from Rundberg Lane to US 290 East

This Texas Department of Transportation project includes road reconstruction and the addition of three new flyovers at US 183 along I-35 between Rundberg Lane and US 290 East. In October, crews poured the bridge deck for the St. Johns Avenue northbound-to-southbound turnaround. In early November, crews set 12 concrete beams for the I-35 southbound to US 183 southbound flyover, which is expected to be completed by winter 2019-20, weather permitting.

Timeline: 2018-21

Cost: $124.2 million

Funding source: TxDOT


183 South project

The largest ongoing project in the area will add a three-lane tolled expressway and improvements to the nontolled lanes on each side of US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The new nontolled general-purpose lanes between Techni Center Drive and Bolm Road opened in November. Work is ongoing to rebuild the northbound non-tolled general-purpose lane bridge across the Colorado River and to construct a new overpass for US 183 at Patton Avenue, just north of SH 71. By December, the contractor is expected to relocate the temporary U-turns at Vargas Road and Thompson Lane to their permanent locations at Patton and Montopolis Drive. Work also continues on the direct-connect flyover ramp between US 183 and SH 71.•Timeline: 2016-20

Cost: $743 million

Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority toll revenue bonds, federal loans, TxDOT loans

Capitol Complex Master Plan

This project will construct a tree-lined pedestrian mall and two state office buildings on Congress Avenue north of the Capitol building. In late October, San Jacinto Boulevard, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 18th Street, reopened as a one-way southbound street. Colorado Street between 15th Street and MLK will be closed intermittently as the final stages of utility construction are completed.

Timeline: 2018-22

Cost: $581 million (first phase)

Funding source: Texas Facilities Commission

Downtown MetroRail station work

This Capital Metro project is intended to boost the frequency and capacity of the regional transit agency’s MetroRail line and to make connections easier between MetroRail and other forms of public transit. The downtown station closed in June to allow for the construction of a new station as well as a temporary one. On Nov. 4, MetroRail service in and out of downtown Austin resumed using the temporary station. The new station is slated to open in spring 2021 with three train platforms with canopies, a public plaza and increased frequency.

Timeline: 2019-21

Cost: $38.86 million

Funding sources: TxDOT grant, city of Austin, Capital Metro

This article ran in the Nov. 2019 issue of the Central Austin edition. Read the full e-edition here.