TxDOT holds open houses on South10 project for I-35

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Proposed mobility improvements to 10 miles of Interstate 35 between Riverside Drive and State Highway 45 southeast were the highlight of an open house hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation Tuesday evening.

The meeting was held at W.B. Travis High School.

The South 10-mile Comprehensive Project is the first of three open houses to consider including express lanes and other safety and mobility improvements along I-35 in Travis County, TxDOT said in a statement.

The purpose of the South10 project is to improve safety and mobility for all users of I-35 while minimizing right-of-way, community and environmental impacts, and to provide a reliable travel time for cars and bus transit using the express lanes, the agency said.

The approximate $300 million-$350 million South10 project would add an express lane in each direction and address all remaining safety and mobility improvements proposed under the Mobility35 program that are not included in a series of stand-alone projects between Riverside Drive and SH 45SE.

Two alternatives are being considered by TxDOT, including a build alternative consisting of express lanes with direct transit accommodation, and a no-build, or do nothing, alternative.

Open house participants will be able to review project materials, ask questions, and submit comments. Attendees are invited to come-and-go at their convenience.

Those unable to attend the meeting in-person can offer input online at a virtual open house that will be available July 12-26 at www.mobility35openhouse.com.

Open house meetings for the North 16-mile Comprehensive Project between RM 1431 and US 183 and the Central 7-mile Comprehensive Project between US 183 and Riverside Drive will take place later this summer.

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