TxDOT opens U-Turn bridge at I-35 Slaughter Creek overpass, Sunset Valley has a new police chief and more for Southwest Austinites to know this week

Construction of a new southbound to northbound U-turn is part of a larger project to improve the Slaughter Creek overpass.

Construction of a new southbound to northbound U-turn is part of a larger project to improve the Slaughter Creek overpass.

As November nears, candidates are announcing their campaign plans and public entities are attempting to sway voters in favor of substantial bonds. Here's a few more things for Southwest Austinites to know this week:

A TxDOT project to rebuild the Slaughter Creek overpass at I-35 is nearing completion. Last week, the department opened the overpass's southbound to northbound U-turn bridge to motorists. Other project features include widening the overpass, as well as the southbound frontage road to two lanes through the Slaughter Creek intersection. The project is slated for completion by the end of the month, weather permitting.

Sunset Valley Police Department Deputy police chief of the Denton Police Department Lenn Carter was appointed last week as the new police chief in Sunset Valley.[/caption]

Lenn Carter, deputy police chief for the Denton Police Department in North Texas, was appointed last week by the Sunset Valley City Council as the city's newest police chief. This comes in the wake of the retirement of the city's longtime Chief of Police Sean M. Ford. Carter will be available to meet residents at Sunset Valley's National Night Out event Oct. 3.

CodeNEXT 2.0, the second draft of the rewrite of Austin’s land development code, was released on Friday, and top city officials say although the new version is improved there is still work to be done. City staff and planning consultants said during a preview event earlier this month the new draft would boost the city’s housing capacity from 148,000 units to nearly 180,000.

Sen. Donna Campbell,
R-New Braunfels[/caption]

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, announced last Thursday she would be seeking re-election for District 25. The area she represents includes Kyle, San Marcos, parts of San Antonio and parts of Austin. If elected, this will be Campbell's third term in office.

A tour provided to the media by Austin ISD staff last Thursday showed severe structural deficiencies and educational challenges at Rosedale School, one of the campuses slated for a rebuild if the district’s $1.05 billion bond is passed by voters this November. The campus, which houses students with severe cognitive, social and behavioral disabilities as well as medical needs, includes structural deficiencies which make educating its students difficult, Principal Elizabeth Dickey said during the tour.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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