TxDOT ap­proves $620M for 4 Austin high­ways

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ben Wear bwear@states­man.com

Four key Austin high­way projects will get $620 mil­lion as part of a $9 bil­lion pro­gram ap­proved Tuesday by the Texas Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion.

The com­mis­sion unan­i­mously ap­proved amend­ments to its $70 bil­lion, 10-year trans­porta­tion plan, which has al­most dou­bled in the past year be­cause of new fund­ing ap­proved by the Leg­is­la­ture and by vot­ers in 2015.

Those Austin projects in­clude $204 mil­lion in state funds to build sev­eral over­passes along Loop 360 from West­lake Drive north. That project, not likely to be­gin for at least two years, will be aug­mented by $46 mil­lion from the city of Austin, as part of the trans­porta­tion bond that city vot­ers ap­proved in Novem­ber.

The com­mis­sion, as part of its $2.5 bil­lion “clear lanes” ini­tia­tive to ad­dress ur­ban road con­ges­tion, also ap­proved:

$162.3 mil­lion for over­pass, ramp, pave­ment and other im­prove­ments on In­ter­state 35 be­tween Holly Street and Ol­torf Street. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be­gin in 2018.

$133.3 mil­lion to add fly­over bridges and other im­prove­ments at and near where U.S. 183 and I-35 meet in North Austin. This work could be­gin later this year.

$120 mil­lion for added free lanes on U.S. 183 be­tween MoPac Boule­vard (Loop 1) and RM 620. Th­ese lanes would be part of a larger project to build toll lanes in the me­dian of U.S. 183, which would in­clude con­sid­er­able fund­ing from sev­eral rev­enue bonds backed by toll rev­enue. This project is sched­uled to kick off in 2019.

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