Drivers in for a change along SH 71 in East Austin

Eastbound lanes of Highway 71

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Getting to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Bastrop County may be a little easier as crews move eastbound traffic to a new section of State Highway 71 between Montopolis Drive and U.S. Highway 183.

Crews started working to shift traffic about 8 p.m. Wednesday and drivers should expect to travel on the new eastbound lanes during their Thursday commute.

Westbound lanes will remain in their current configuration until additional work at the U.S. 183 intersection is complete.

The 30-month, $35 million project is expected to be completed this summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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