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


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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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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