Underpasses being proposed for MoPac at Slaughter Lane, La Crosse Avenue

Slaughter Lane proposal. (Courtesy: TxDOT and CTRMA)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you live in South Austin, you might want attend to mark on your calendar to attend a public hearing on Thursday regarding the proposed improvements on MoPac at the intersections of Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue.

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are proposing an underpass that would run about 2 miles and drop MoPac about 25 feet underground. The change will make Slaughter and Lacrosse bridges, eliminating signal lights at the intersections.

The project is designed to help with the back-ups due to the rapid population growth in Southwest Austin. The entire project hinges on an two-year long environmental study. The results from the study should be in by the end of this year. If approved, construction could start as early as March 2016.

Matthew Lamm has lived in Southwest Austin for 10 years and commutes through the area regularly on both bike and vehicle between 3-4 times a day.

“It needs to think about the residents on their bikes, the people that walk this neighborhood especially with the shopping. Just increase the traffic flow, just get it moving.”

Along with building MoPac under Slaughter Lane and Lacrosse Avenue, officials would like to build a diverging diamond at Slaughter Lane. The goal for the completion of the overall project would be in 2018.

The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 at Bowie High School, 4103 W. Slaughter Ln. The open house runs from 5-6 p.m. and then there will be presentation at 6 p.m.

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