Tag Archives: TxDOT

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County scrapes together budget for a pass-through project

Last week, the Travis County Commissioners Court fielded a briefing regarding funding for the FM 969 pass-through from the county Public Works Division. David Greear, the assistant public works director, presented an overview of the project to commissioners. Public Works…

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Neighbors wary as ACC takes a step back from concrete plant

After hearing numerous complaints from neighbors of Austin Community College’s Pinnacle campus in Oak Hill, the ACC Board of Trustees approved a new resolution Monday night specifically excluding the use of the campus for a concrete batch plant. The board…

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 by Nathan Bernier, KUT

Tell TxDOT what you think about expanding I-35 in South Austin

More than 150,000 vehicles per day, on average, drive the stretch of Interstate 35 between State Highway 45 Southeast and Ben White Boulevard. The Texas Department of Transportation wants to make room for tens of thousands more. TxDOT released the…

Monday, April 12, 2021 by Seth Smalley

TxDOT wants to add four lanes to I-35, but a citizen work group is pushing ‘BAC’

At the April 5 joint meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory councils (BAC and PAC), members reviewed a Google doc detailing their recommendations to the Texas Department of Transportation regarding the I-35 Capital Express Project. The massive highway project proposes adding…

Friday, April 2, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Tolls or no tolls? City and state preferences differ for new I-35 lanes

The city of Austin, among other local stakeholders, is at odds with the Texas Department of Transportation and state leaders like Gov. Greg Abbott over the type of managed lanes in TxDOT’s I-35 Capital Express Project. Despite lobbying by the…

Monday, March 29, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City Council critiques TxDOT’s I-35 plans

City Council last Thursday made clear what the city’s goals are for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Interstate 35 expansion, passing a resolution critiquing – though not outright opposing – the preliminary plans presented so far.  The resolution together with…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Proposed concrete plant at ACC upsets neighbors

When Cynthia Wilcox, president of the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods, heard the news that there would soon be a functioning concrete plant at the Austin Community College Pinnacle campus near her home she felt “completely blindsided.” Wilcox reached out…

Monday, March 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

TxDOT reveals early plans to accommodate I-35 caps

Discussion at Thursday’s City Council Mobility Committee meeting showed both the Texas Department of Transportation’s intent to accommodate caps over Interstate 35 and city leaders’ will to make it happen. TxDOT said all three of the design alternatives for the…

Monday, January 25, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Mobility Commission hears plea not to widen I-35

“BE IT RESOLVED,” read Urban Transportation Commission Chair Mario Champion, “the UTC urges TxDOT in the strongest possible way not to widen I-35.”   This recommendation, along with many others from the Urban Transportation Commission, amounts to the city’s first official…

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 by Harrison Young

CAMPO approves TxDOT’s Unified Transportation Program

On Monday, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board unanimously approved the resubmission of some previously deferred projects into the Texas Department of Transportation’s Unified Transportation Program. Several projects were added back to the list after TxDOT delayed…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Urban Transportation Commission creates working group to form I-35 recommendations

A Texas A&M Transportation Institute report recently ranked the segment of Interstate 35 that goes through Austin the most congested roadway in the state. This congestion is one of the reasons behind the I-35 Capital Express Project, a multiyear, multibillion-dollar…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ULI, Downtown Alliance tout cap-and-stitch design for I-35

A panel at the Urban Land Institute of Austin’s monthly breakfast on Wednesday discussed the cap-and-stitch model for Interstate 35. Groups like ULI and the Downtown Austin Alliance are behind an I-35 redesign that would cap the highway with parks…

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Local advocates envision I-35 as a boulevard

As the Texas Department of Transportation begins the scoping process for the Interstate 35 Capital Express Central project, a new campaign aims to help clarify the decision at hand. Should Austinites allow the state to build its “expensive, polluting, dangerous,…

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

TxDOT opens I-35 scoping phase

Mobility advocates are calling on the Texas Department of Transportation to reimagine its plans for the Interstate 35 corridor through Central Austin as the agency prepares to open the public scoping phase of the project this week. The Capital Express…

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Federal judge orders mediation over TxDOT’s Oak Hill Parkway project

On Aug. 30, United States District Judge Robert Pitman signed an order granting the wish of Save Barton Creek Association, Save Oak Hill and affiliated groups to enter supervised mediation with the Texas Department of Transportation over its plans for…

Monday, August 31, 2020 by Savana Dunning

City adjusts underpass cleanup program in light of homeless displacement concerns

In light of concerns around homeless displacement, the Public Works Department is making adjustments to their underpass cleaning program. City Council approved an amended $575,000 contract with Relief Enterprises Inc. to clean underpasses and bridges at its July 29 special…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

TxDOT anticipates ‘meaningful alternatives’ to I-35 expansion in upcoming public input process

Despite the sharp drop in local traffic, renewed interest in teleworking policies, and major upsets to transportation revenue streams, the Texas Department of Transportation has no intention of rethinking the need for a $6.6 billion expansion of Interstate 35 through…

Friday, May 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Texas Transportation Commission ties billions of dollars to I-35 central project

The Texas Transportation Commission amended its 2020 Unified Transportation Program on Thursday morning, throwing in $3.4 billion for the $6.6 billion central piece of the Interstate 35 Capital Express project that would expand the interstate between U.S. Highway 290 East…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

I-35 expansion divides public opinion during economic downturn

The Texas Transportation Commission will vote Thursday to advance the state’s multibillion-dollar Capital Express Interstate 35 project despite the economic turmoil of Covid-19 and public concerns over the project’s financial viability. “Given the current economic situation and the collapse in…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO 2040 plan, Stassney Lane overpass highlight common failures of multimodal projects

A recent brief from the Center for American Progress suggests the Austin region’s transportation efforts may ultimately work against its own stated priorities. Kevin DeGood, CAP’s director of Infrastructure Policy and author of the Nov. 13 brief, examined the Capital…

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