A north-south corridor in West Austin, Loop 360 has severe traffic congestion, according to a TxDOT press release. The Loop 360 Program aims to alleviate the congestion by improving traffic flow at 10 intersections along a 10-mile stretch, from Spicewood Springs Road to the north to Walsh Tarlton Lane to the south. The majority of the work involves installing either overpasses or underpasses on Loop 360 cross streets and removing traffic signals.
The current open house and comment period center on two intersections, at Courtyard Drive and RM 2222, which are approximately a half-mile apart. A diverging diamond intersection will be constructed at RM 2222, while an overpass spanning Loop 360 and the removal of the traffic signal is planned at Courtyard Drive.
Both new intersections will be more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, according to TxDOT design plans.
Individuals may comment by calling 512-832-7192 during business hours. Written comments may be submitted through:
- The program’s website at Loop360Project.com/contact.htm
- Emailing [email protected]
- Sending mail to the Loop 360 Program Team, 1608 W. Sixth St., Austin, TX 78703.
The comment period for the $42 million project ends at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 21. TxDOT will then address community comments in a report that will be released within three to six months, according to TxDOT.
Although the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CAMPO, deferred funding to Loop 360 and other local projects to fund I-35 reconstruction, the Loop 360 Program planning continues, according to Loop 360 Project Manager Lucas Short. If funding is restored, the RM 2222/Courtyard Drive project will be shovel-ready in mid-2023, according to TxDOT.
TxDOT’s in-person open house, at the TxDOT Austin District office, 7901 N. I-35, Austin, occurs only on Oct. 6 through 7 p.m. due to coronavirus concerns. Those interested in attending should first call 512-832-7192.
For more information on the Loop 360 Program, visit loop360project.com.