Stretch of Austin roadway named worst in the state


AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Senate Transportation Committee will look into ways to help alleviate bad traffic around the state.

At the meeting, lawmakers will specifically focused on how to help drivers passing through the Texas Department of Transportation’s Top 100 Congested Roadways list.

The worst stretch of Texas roadway runs right through the heart of Austin; TxDOT has ranked the stretch of I-35 that runs through downtown from U.S. 183 down to S.H. 71 as the most congested stretch of roadway.

Drivers we talked with say they’re not surprised.

“Doesn’t surprise me one iota,” Len Newsom said. “I leave my house at 6 a.m., so I beat the traffic, and I try to leave my office by 2:30 to 3 p.m., but that typically doesn’t beat the traffic.”

The rankings take into account things like how many drivers were delayed as well as how much those delays cost drivers.

“If I can avoid it, I try to do that as much as I can,” Hector Campos said.

That stretch of I-35 isn’t the only part of central Texas with the dubious honor: stretches of I-35 up into Williamson County, as well as parts of MoPac, Lamar Blvd., and Parmer Lane made the list.

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