Northwest Austin Edition | May 2021

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES NorthAustin I35 exit ramp closure to last 4months Driving routes have changed on the interchange at I-35 and US 183 in North Austin as the Texas Department of Transportation has opened sections of

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The Texas Department of Transportation on April 26 closed the ramp connecting northbound I35 to northbound US 183. (Courtesy TxDOT)

NEWTRAFFIC PATTERN TOKNOW For the next four months, the ramp connecting northbound I-35 to north- bound US 183 is going to be closed as TxDOT reconstructs the yover to make it less steep. While the ramp is closed, trac trying to connect to northbound US 183 will have to take a detour along the I-35 frontage road and take a U-turn at Rundberg Lane. TxDOT said detoured trac will have its own dedicated lane that will not be open to local trac in order to manage trac ow. After motorists have made the U-turn at Rundberg, they will use the recently opened southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 yover.

a yearslong construction project. TxDOT on April 26 opened the southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 and southbound I-35 to southbound US 183 yovers. These new ramps mark the rst substantial milestone in the I-35 at US 183 yover project. TxDOT broke ground on the $124million project, which will deliver a total of four new or reconstructed yovers connecting the twomajor highways, in January 2018. An hour before state crews opened the new southbound I-35 yovers, TxDOT additionally closed an exist- ing ramp o northbound I-35 for a planned long-term closure. The northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 ramp is closed for the next four months as TxDOT crews reconstruct the ramp. State ocials said the recon- struction is necessary to decrease the incline on the ramp, which will make it easier for vehicles to ascend. “We’re going to lessen the grade of that yover to make it easier for trac to climb it,” said Diann Hodges, public information ocer for TxDOT. The state ocially closed the ramp at 10 p.m. April 26. Vehicles wanting to enter north- bound US 183 from northbound I-35 will have to take a detour using the

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Rundberg Lane exit, or exit 241 on I-35. The detour will take drivers around the U-turn at the Rundberg and I-35 intersection. According to an April 22 TxDOT news release, this U-turn is closed to local trac in order to manage trac ow at the intersection of Rundberg and the I-35 frontage road. TxDOT trac counts from 2019, the most recent data available, show approximately 142,000 vehicles on an average daily basis drive on US 183 between I-35 and North Lamar Boulevard. Just east of I-35, that number drops to 91,992 vehicles. That

means that around 25,000 vehicles get onto northbound US 183 from I-35 on any given day. Hodges said motorists taking the exit detour have a dedicated ramp connecting the U-turn to the recently opened yover connected to north- bound US 183. The state is currently working on the last new yover at the inter- change, which will connect north- bound US 183 to northbound I-35. Hodges said TxDOT anticipates that yover, the last substantial connec- tion in this project, will open to trac sometime this fall.

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Anderson Mill Road improvements Crews in April started work to build new shared-use paths on near the intersec- tion of the US 183 frontage road and Anderson Mill Road. The next phase of construction will extend the existing me- dian and right-turn lane at the Anderson Mill at US 183 intersection. Timeline: July 2020-late 2021

RM 2222 improvements State crews in mid-April began pav- ing new eastbound lanes from River Place Boulevard to an upcoming bypass road connected to RM 620. Crews will next work on installing curbs and sidewalk. Timeline: late 2018-summer 2021

New sidewalks have been completed along Anderson Mill Road. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 4. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT NWANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

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