AUSTIN (KXAN) — South Congress Avenue will be closed for two nights from William Cannon Drive to Eberhardt Lane. It’s a short stretch of roadway, but the spot tends to be tricky for drivers because it is where South Congress goes from four lanes down to two. The Texas Department of Transportation says the project will add a center turn lane to help traffic flow.
The closure will be in place from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The closure is necessary as new drainage is also being installed as part of the widening project on South Congress.
“It’s a parking lot pretty much every day over here. I’m glad they are doing something,” said business owner Juan Marquez. “Typically in peak hours, when there’s a lot of traffic, traffic will be backed up a mile.”
A detour will be set up on Circle S Road. S. 1st Street and North Bluff Drive will also be open to drivers trying to get north or south.
Nearly 19,000 people drive this stretch of South Congress each day, according to numbers provided by TxDOT. The widening project will be finished by early next year and will cost $6.3 million.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said the closure was for Monday and Tuesday. TxDOT now says the closure is for Tuesday and Wednesday.