AUSTIN (KXAN) — A major construction project on West 35th Street will have you looking for a detour for the rest of October.
Starting Sunday, Oct. 9, lanes of West 35th Street will be repaved between MoPac and Jefferson Street. The city’s Public Works Department says the current pavement is failing and lined with potholes. The repaving will start at 6 p.m. and end at 6 a.m., every night through Oct. 30
Betty Brady has worked and drive on this part of West 35th Street for 50 years. “It’s changed tremendously. Just with the influx of all people in the last five of six years, it has gotten very bad. When I drive down this road, I am constantly fighting the wheel and the traffic,” says Brady. Brady thinks if the city banned oversized trucks on the street it would help with the damage the street is seeing.
Most of the businesses that line 35th Street will not be affected by the repaving project as paving will only happen before and after opening hours. A spokesperson for Austin-Travis County EMS says their agency might have issues reaching St. David’s Hospital or Seton Medical Center. The nightly lane closures will close one lane in each direction, which would leave little room for vehicles to give the right of way to an ambulance. Seton Medical Center says the city has arranged for flaggers to control traffic to make sure ambulances have clear access to the emergency room.