Comment period for Loop 360 Program at RM 2222, Courtyard Drive opens

A sign indicated the in-person public hearing at TxDOT Austin District office, 7901 N. I-35, Austin, on Oct. 6. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
A sign indicated the in-person public hearing at TxDOT Austin District office, 7901 N. I-35, Austin, on Oct. 6. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

A sign indicated the in-person public hearing at TxDOT Austin District office, 7901 N. I-35, Austin, on Oct. 6. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Lucas Short, the project manager for the Loop 360 Project, points out features of the planned diverging diamond intersection at the RM 2222 intersection during the Oct. 6 public hearing. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This map provided by the Texas Department of Transportation shows the location of the planned intersection improvements at RM 2222 and Courtyard Drive on Loop 360. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
The Texas Department of Transportation on Oct. 6 held a public hearing and began a 16-day comment period for improvements to two intersections in the Loop 360 Program.

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 info@Loop360Project

  • 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.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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