Construction on new pedestrian ramps at I-35 and East Riverside Drive to begin in mid-November

Drivers should expect some lane closures on the northbound frontage road of I-35 and the outside lanes of East Riverside Drive. (Courtesy Trisha Rangil/Rifeline)
Drivers should expect some lane closures on the northbound frontage road of I-35 and the outside lanes of East Riverside Drive. (Courtesy Trisha Rangil/Rifeline)

Drivers should expect some lane closures on the northbound frontage road of I-35 and the outside lanes of East Riverside Drive. (Courtesy Trisha Rangil/Rifeline)

The city of Austin will begin construction work on new pedestrian ramps at I-35 and East Riverside Drive in mid-November.

Construction crews will work Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In a press release, the corridor program office stated that the work will “require intermittent daily travel lane reductions during non-peak traffic periods on the northbound frontage road of I-35 and the outside lanes of East Riverside Drive.”

The pedestrian ramp project, which also includes sidewalk replacements and signal adjustments, will cost $245,000, according to a city official.

The East Riverside work is a part of a series of projects on the busy street funded by the voter-approved 2016 mobility bond.

The city added extended turn bays, upgraded traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and curb ramps at East Riverside’s Burton Drive/Tinnin Ford Road and Willow Creek Drive intersections, according to the press release. The last components of those improvements include final asphalt and pavement markings, which will be completed in the coming months.


The city also has made improvements at the Coriander Drive and Wickersham Drive intersections, including extending turn bays and upgrading curb ramps. At Coriander, it added a new traffic signal, according to the corridor program office’s website.

The city will begin work on the East Riverside stretch from Montopolis Drive to Hwy. 71 in 2022, according to the press release. That work will include pavement resurfacing, sidewalk improvements and intersection upgrades at Vargas Road and Frontier Valley Drive.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.



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