Construction off I-35 in North Austin starts

Austin, Texas (KXAN) — Starting Monday night a major road project gets underway in North Austin.

It’s happening at Interstate 35 and Parmer Lane and it could cause some back ups.

This road project is the result of the backups occurring at the traffic signal at Parmer Lane when drivers exit the interstate.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to build what they call a collector distributor road.

That’s a roadway that runs parallel to the interstate and frontage road that will allow drivers to bypass the traffic signal but still access the businesses on the other side – similar to an underpass.

And while drivers may experience some slow downs due to construction, lane closures will happen overnight.

“During the day our goal is to keep the lanes open as much as possible we will have lane closures but those will mostly be at night,” said Kelli Reyna,TXDot Spokeswoman. “So from 9p.m. to 5a.m. again we’re doing that to minimize delays to motorists.”

The two million dollar project is being paid for with state funds and is expected to last 18 months.

Also crews will widen the frontage road on just north of the traffic signal at Parmer Lane to handle the additional traffic.

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