City of Austin to provide update on I-35 crossing proposal Dec. 15

The city will open a virtual open house Dec. 15 with renderings for its I-35 cap and stitch proposal. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
The city will open a virtual open house Dec. 15 with renderings for its I-35 cap and stitch proposal. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)

The city will open a virtual open house Dec. 15 with renderings for its I-35 cap and stitch proposal. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)

As the Texas Department of Transportation considers design options for a $4.9 billion overhaul of I-35 near downtown, the city of Austin plans to reveal details about its proposal to enhance crossings along the highway.

The city and the Downtown Austin Alliance plan to share project updates and initial renderings for possible caps, large deck plazas and stitches—widened bridges—that would go over the highway during a virtual open house scheduled to begin Dec. 15.

“The renderings are being shown to help the community envision the possibilities for the caps and stitches,” said Dea Crichton, a public information manager with the city’s corridor program office, in an email.

A previous report by the Urban Land Institute showed possible cap locations at East Caesar Chavez to East Fourth streets and East 11th to East 12th streets, as well as two caps between East Sixth Street and East Eighth Street.

The virtual open house will be online from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 and will allow the community to provide feedback and suggestions. Crichton added that the city plans to continue to engage with the public throughout 2022.


According to the TxDOT website, it will present a preferred design alternative in the fall of 2022 for the stretch of I-35 that runs from Hwy. 290 to Hwy. 71.

More information is available about the city’s cap and stitch project on its website.
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.