Central Austin Transportation Updates

Transportation Updates Central Austin, December 2015[/caption]

1. I-35 and 51st Street interchange improvements

A new roundabout will be constructed to minimize delays and make it safer for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians to pass through the intersection. The southbound frontage road will be realigned to connect with a new collector-distributor road—or frontage road bypass lane—between I-35 and the existing frontage road.

Timeline: Bidding begins summer 2016
Cost: $20.59 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2012 bond money

Transportation Updates Central Austin, December 2015[/caption]

2. I-35 and Oltorf Street intersection improvements

The I-35 frontage road from Woodland Avenue to Woodward Street will be reconstructed to improve the Oltorf Street bridge and entrance/exit ramps as well as add north- and southbound U-turns.

Timeline: Bidding begins summer 2016
Cost: $54.51 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, CAMPO, city of Austin

3. Guadalupe and West Third Street intersection partial closure

The north-south arterial has been reduced to two lanes between West Second and West Fourth streets to allow reconstruction along West Third Street to be completed. Originally anticipated to last three months, construction was reduced one month by shutting down the entire Third Street block west of the Guadalupe Street intersection. In the meantime, westbound traffic should use West Second Street as an alternate route. However, eastbound traffic on West Third Street reopened Dec. 6. A queue-jump signal was also installed.

Transportation Updates Central Austin, December 2015[/caption]

Timeline: October-Dec. 23
Cost: $5.1 million
Funding sources: 2010 mobility bond money, 2012 transportation and mobility bond money


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