Austin road construction updates for 2016

AUSTIN (TEXAS) — Depending on who you ask, the Mopac Improvement Project completed some major developments, but also suffered some serious setbacks.

Construction is expected to be completed this Fall, with work continuing on sound walls and bridges at Westover Road and FM 2222.

TXDot will continue construction  through the year on the SH 71 Express Project. The project will widen the highway from Presidential Boulevard to SH 130 near ABIA. Early last year, public outcry about a proposed double- decker bridge over Lady Bird Lake, sent the CTRMA back to the drawing board to develop six alternatives for Mopac South.  At this time there are no public meetings scheduled.

The 183 South Project hit a major milestone in late 2015 when the CTRMA secured financing for the $800 million project. Work will begin this spring on expanding the highway to a six lane tolled expressway from Highway 290 to SH 71.

Traffic traveling from Manor has become so heavy that merging onto Highway 290 from the southbound State Highway 130 frontage road has created safety concerns. Construction to improve the SH 130/US 290 Intersection will break ground early this year while plans for the direct connector between SH 130 and US 290 are still in development.

KXAN News will continue to follow these projects and continue to keep you updated on their status. 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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