Transportation updates: SH 130 South, Longhorn Dam and I-35 updates in South Austin

Delays should be expected along I-35 as Texas Department of Transportation crews work to demolish and reconstruct the bridge at St. Johns Avenue in Central Austin, as well as continue work at Stassney and Oltorf in South Austin.

Delays should be expected along I-35 as Texas Department of Transportation crews work to demolish and reconstruct the bridge at St. Johns Avenue in Central Austin, as well as continue work at Stassney and Oltorf in South Austin.

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Southwest Austin transportation updates
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the new timeline for the Stassney Lane bridge demolition.


1. SH 130 South project


Reconstruction of the 41-mile section of SH 130 between South Austin and northeast of San Antonio wrapped up in June. The project included removing 4 to 8 feet of material under the roadway and replacing it with treated material before crews repaved, according to the SH 130 Concession Co., which operates this portion of the tollway. The construction is separate from ongoing work on SH 130 that Texas Department of Transportation is undertaking between SH 71 and SH 45 N and flyovers being constructed by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority on the highway at Toll 290.


Timeline: fall 2017-June 2019


Cost: $90 million


Funding source: SH 130 Concession Co.







2. Longhorn Dam pedestrian bridge


An open house was held June 10 by the city of Austin showing five options for a new pedestrian and bike bridge over the Colorado River near Longhorn Dam in East Austin. Funding for a bridge has not yet been established, and design and construction of the project, once funded, could take approximately five years, according to the city.


Timeline: TBD


Cost: $10 million-$14.5 million


Funding sources: TBD







3. I-35 improvements at Oltorf


Construction at I-35 and Oltorf Street is expected to wrap up this summer, weather permitting. The project reconstructed the Oltorf bridge over the highway, created new entrance and exit ramps and added U-turn lanes at the bridge. Overhead road signs were installed in late June.


Timeline: February 2017-summer 2019


Cost: $42.6 million


Funding source: Texas Clear Lanes Congestion Relief fund







4. I-35 improvements from William Cannon to Stassney


The old Stassney Lane bridge at I-35 was scheduled to be demolished in late June, but now will be by the end of August. The project, which will make improvements on I-35 from north of Stassney to William Cannon Drive, continues with new service road U-turn lanes and ramps being created as well as I-35 main lanes widened.


Timeline: July 2016-late 2019


Cost: $78.8 million


Funding source: Proposition 1 funds






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