TxDOT plans to eliminate stop lights from Loop 360 main lanes

Pennybacker Bridge and the Austin Country Club from the 360 Overlook. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)
Pennybacker Bridge and the Austin Country Club from the 360 Overlook. (Eric Janzen/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — TxDOT is looking at a new plan to get traffic moving on Loop 360, but the plan could take more than a decade to complete.

One big part of the plan calls for building a series of overpasses to eliminate stop lights on the main lanes of Loop 360. Another goal: adding a lane in each direction on the iconic Pennybacker Bridge.

Bruce Byron, TxDOT public engagement officer, said, “The whole project concept is based around dealing effectively with the public and what their needs are. And so we’re trying to do this in an environmentally sensitive way, but sensitive to the users of 360 and the neighborhoods of 360.”

TxDOT will now reach out for public input on the plan. They estimate it could take up to six years before construction could begin.

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