AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re coming into Austin from either Williamson or Hays County, sometimes you never know what the traffic situation will hold on IH-35, but now making a decision to use IH-35 or SH 130 just got easier.
The new signs will provide travel times for both IH-35 and SH 130 so drivers can decide which one to take and how much time they’ll save by paying the toll. The new signs are along northbound I-35 in Buda, southbound I-35 in Georgetown and southbound I-35 in Round Rock.
The real-time drive time information comes from TxDOT’s Lonestar Software which gets its data from roadway sensors on IH-35 and SH 130. The travel information is then transmitted by Bluetooth detectors to the signs via Wi-Fi.
Kristina Beltran travels in the area and feels that the real-time travel data will help drivers reach their destination faster.
“It’ll definitely help, because you don’t want to sit in traffic all day or all night. Especially whenever you just get off work, it gets aggravating especially just sitting there thinking that there’s a different route.There’s always a helpful way of knowing there’s somewhere else to go,” says Beltran.