8 regional transportation projects happening near Northwest Austin

The Texas Department of Transportation broke ground Jan. 24 on the I-35 project at US 183 to add three flyovers and make other improvements.

The Texas Department of Transportation broke ground Jan. 24 on the I-35 project at US 183 to add three flyovers and make other improvements.

Here are eight regional transportation projects happening around the Northwest Austin area.
1. MoPac South

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Department of Transportation are working with local partners to improve MoPac from Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane, potentially by adding express toll lanes. A fifth open house will be held in the first half of 2018 to update the community.
Timeline: TBD
2. US 183 South

The Mobility Authority is adding six tolled lanes on US 183 between Hwy. 290 and SH 71, rebuilding bridges over the Colorado River and adding pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Timeline: May 2016-2020
3. 290 Toll and SH 130 intersection

The Mobility Authority had planned to build three direct connectors between the toll facilities to alleviate congestion on the nontolled frontage roads. However, the project is now on hold pending feedback from TxDOT over the use of state funding for projects with tolled elements.
Timeline: Spring 2018-2020
4. US 183 North

The Mobility Authority proposed to build four tolled lanes on between Toll 183A and MoPac. The agency is waiting on feedback from the Texas Transportation Commission on how to proceed with the project because it has tolled elements. TxDOT pulled funding for a proposed fourth continuous nontolled lane.
Timeline: TBD
5. Loop 360

TxDOT is planning improvements to Loop 360 intersections on at Westlake Drive, Spicewood Springs Road, Lakewood Drive and Courtyard Drive. The corridor plan includes eight standalone projects totaling $250 million with the city of Austin pitching in $46 million from the 2016 mobility bond for four projects.
Timeline: Construction begins summer 2022
6. I-35 and Parmer Lane

TxDOT will build a diverging diamond intersection; add a bypass lane on southbound I-35 at Parmer; construct entrance and exit ramps; and ad turn lanes at Parmer and North Lamar Boulevard.
Timeline: Late 2018-mid 2021
7. I-35 from Rundberg Lane to Hwy. 290

TxDOT broke ground Jan. 24 on projects on to add three direct connectors between I-35 and US 183, reconstruct the ramp from northbound I-35 to northbound US 183.
Timeline: January 2018-mid-2021
8. I-35 and 51st Street

TxDOT is realigning the I-35 southbound frontage road; adding a southbound bypass lane at 51st; adding a roundabout on the southbound frontage road; reconfiguring southbound entrance and exit ramps; and enhancing bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Timeline: October 2016-spring 2018

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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