Approximately three years after the state began construction in North Austin, the first two of three new flyovers at I-35 and US 183 are now open to traffic, according to officials from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Construction of the new southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover and the new southbound I-35 to southbound US 183 flyover came to an end as the two new ramps opened on April 26.
Brad Wheelis, public information officer for TxDOT, said the project as a whole still has a couple of substantial structures and road configurations to complete before the state can close it out.
“The new northbound US 183 to northbound I-35 flyover must be completed and reconstruction of a portion of the existing northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover must be completed, as well as improvements at St. Johns Avenue,” Wheelis said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.
Further construction at the project site includes a temporary closure and demolition of the existing northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover in May. While that flyover is closed, vehicles will be detoured to the northbound to southbound I-35 U-turn at Rundberg Lane in order to access the new I-35 to US 183 flyovers.
State crews are reconstructing the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 to reduce the incline on the grade, which will improve traffic flow, Wheelis said. That reconstructed flyover will open later this fall.
The northbound I-35 intersection bypass lane at St. Johns is also expected to open sometime in May.
Crews first broke ground on the transportation project in January 2018.
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IMPROVEMENTS ALONG ANDERSON MILL ROAD PROGRESS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
A collection of transportation improvements designed to increase pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety are now on track to finish before the end of the year.
According to Emily Tuttle, senior public information officer with the Austin Transportation Department, city crews are progressing on a number of projects along Anderson Mill Road, including curb and gutter work, utility adjustments, drainage improvements and traffic signal upgrades.
Crews within the next month will begin construction work on the frontage roads near Anderson Mill’s intersection with US 183, according to the transportation department. Following that work, construction will begin to extend the existing median and right-turn lane on Anderson Mill near US 183. Crews in recent months have built new sidewalks dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists along Anderson Mill.
Work on the mile-long stretch of corridor is progressing ahead of schedule and is expected to substantially complete by late 2021.
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RM 620/RM 2222 bypass road
Final paving and striping on the new roadway is expected to finish in the coming month. TxDOT officials expect the bypass road to open by late June.
Timeline: December 2019-late 2021
Burnet Road sidewalk improvements
City crews started construction on three of the four corners of the intersection at Burnet Road and Braker Lane to build new sidewalk and ramps. Work is expected to finish before the Austin FC home opener at Q2 Stadium in June.
Timeline: February-May 2021