A hiccup in plans for I-35 congestion relief, Austin ISD trustees to vote on sale of district headquarters and more for Southwest Austinites to know this week, Nov. 27-Dec. 1

The Texas Department of Transportation is considering removing the upper decks of I-35 as part of its updated $8.1 billion plan for improving traffic congestion on I-35.

The Texas Department of Transportation is considering removing the upper decks of I-35 as part of its updated $8.1 billion plan for improving traffic congestion on I-35.

In the days ahead, decisions will be made regarding the sale of four Austin ISD-owned properties, and an event will be held by local pizzerias to help end child hunger. Hyperlocal news is also slated for area mailboxes this week with the arrival of Southwest Austin's Community Impact Newspaper on Wednesday. Here's what else to know this week:

Trustees to vote on sale of Austin ISD headquarters and 3 other district-owned properties
At tonight's regular board meeting, Austin ISD trustees will vote on the sales of four district-owned properties, including its 2.8-acre headquarters.

A call for bids on the properties—which include the Carruth Administration Center, the Millett Opera House, the Baker Center, and two tracts of land at Doris Drive and Tannehill Lane—were made in September.


Three local pizzerias to host final DOUGHvember dinner series Tuesday
This year’s DOUGHvember event will culminate with three local pizzerias—Home Slice Pizza, VIA 313 and Pinthouse Pizza—teaming up to benefit national nonprofit No Kid Hungry, a mission to end child hunger in America.

Hosted every Tuesday night in November by Home Slice Pizza, DOUGHvember benefits local children’s charities by donating a portion of the night’s dine-in sales.

The event will be held 5-11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Home Slice Pizza located at 1415 S. Congress Ave. in downtown Austin.

Central Health opens new clinic in Del Valle to serve residents of east Travis County
On Nov. 20, in partnership with Travis County, Central Health and CommUnityCare Health Centers opened a new clinic in Del Valle.

In a recent press release Central Health stated health care services will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through CommUnityCare, which is funded by Central Health. Integral Care, a partner of Central Health, will also provide behavioral health services on Mondays.

TxDOT could face hiccup in plans to add 4 toll lanes to I-35
Recently announced plans to add toll lanes to I-35 in Central Texas could already be facing resistance from the state’s top leadership.

On Oct. 30, the Texas Department of Transportation announced an updated $8.1 billion plan for I-35 that included adding four toll lanes from RM 1431 in Round Rock to SH 45 SE near Buda.

However, in a Nov. 16 letter to the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission—the governing board for TxDOT—Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he opposes the agency’s plan to add toll lanes to 15 projects in the Unified Transportation Plan, which is TxDOT’s 10-year plan that guides construction, development and planning activities.

Check your mailbox for hyperlocal news Wednesday
The November edition of Southwest Austin's Community Impact Newspaper is scheduled to be in mailboxes across the region Wednesday, Nov. 29.

This month's lead stories look at major transportation projects coming to the area, as well as an overview of recent commercial and mixed-use developments.

Also, be on the look out for holiday gift ideas from area retailers.

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.


A photo of a man making a curbside purchase at Bikealot
South Austin bike shops connect with new cyclists during “no ordinary bike month”

Local bike shops have seen a swell of Austinites dusting off old bikes to get moving during the coronavirus pandemic.

A map of the Jester King Brewery property
Jester King Brewery to reopen with new, park-style amenities May 29

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's go-ahead for bars and breweries to reopen last week, Jester King is opening its property to guests.

Austin Public Health planning response in case of coronavirus hospitalization spike

As local health authorities monitor an upward trend in COVID-19 cases, they are bracing for a possible uptick in hospitalizations.

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as of May 27. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County reports 73 new coronavirus cases May 27

There have been 1,084 total coronavirus recoveries in Travis County as well.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar spoke to members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on May 27 about what the state's post-pandemic economic turnaround might look like. (Screenshot of May 27 virtual luncheon)
Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.

Traffic on toll roads operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has steadily climbed over the last two months after nosediving in March. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
As economic restrictions loosen, some Central Texas toll roads are beginning to fill up with traffic

Traffic counts on roads operated by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority have consistently climbed since early April.

Nursing facilities across Texas will be able to apply for federal funds to purchase devices to connect residents to friends and family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces $3.6 million project to connect nursing home residents to families

Gov. Greg Abbott announced May 27 that $3.6 million will be provided to nursing facilities to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with family members.

Amie Gonser will open 620 Art Gallery & Studio in June as a fine art gallery and space for art education classes. (Courtesy Amie Gonser)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: News on 20 Central Texas businesses and nonprofits

Read about Central Texas business news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage this week.

Southwest Austin roads have been less trafficked as the coronavirus pandemic his impacted work situations for area residents. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
DATA: Southwest Austin area has seen 18,432 unemployment claims since mid-March

The number represents about 7.1% of the population in Southwest Austin's nine ZIP codes.

A new executive has been brought in to fill leadership roles at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and Dell Children’s Medical Center. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dell Children’s Medical Center, Dell Medical School announce new addition to executive team

A new medical executive has been brought in to fill leadership roles at Dell Medical School and Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own equipment in order to prevent catching or spreading coronavirus.(Graphic by Matthew T. Mills /Community Impact Newspaper)
State of Texas releases voter health checklist for polling stations in June and July

Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs released a checklist May 26 for voters to follow to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at polls.

The Townlake YMCA is one of the local facilities reopening June 1. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
YMCA of Austin to reopen area facilities June 1

Townlake YMCA, Southwest Family YMCA, Northwest Family YMCA, Springs Family YMCA, Bastrop YMCA and Hay Communities YMCA facilities will be reopening June 1.