Austin drivers can now weigh in on $4.9 billion plan to overhaul I-35

KVUE – If you enjoy complaining about Interstate 35, now is your chance to make those complaints loud and clear and help shape the future of the interstate in central Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation is starting a month-long public comment period on concepts for an I-35 overhaul valued at $ 4.9 billion.

“This is an expensive project and we want to get it right,” said Diann Hodges, spokesman for TxDOT. “It’s really important to hear from the community now as we work to create the best project for Austin.”

As part of the new concepts unveiled on Thursday, TxDOT is proposing to remove the upper decks of I-35 and lower the lanes through the city center. All three concepts also require the creation of managed lanes and the reconstruction of the bridge over Lady Bird Lake.

The project would add two managed lanes in each direction. For the managed lanes, TxDOT suggests creating these lanes for car pools or HOV vehicles with high occupancy. You could also be in transit, said Hodges.

One of the concepts suggests tunneling the managed lanes. All suggestions keep the front streets at surface level.

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