Update: The comment period has been extended to Wednesday, October 19.
For the first time since it was established more than 50 years ago, I-35 through downtown Austin is in the initial stages of a massive reconstruction. The Central7 Project from US 183 to Riverside Drive offers Austinites a rare opportunity to have a say in one of the most potentially transformative and important projects in a lifetime.
The Central7 project under consideration includes:
- Seven miles of improvements from US 183 to Riverside Drive
- Variable priced tolled express lanes with free access for transit and emergency responders
- Main lane, frontage road, and ramp improvements
- Two design options for downtown, Raised and Lowered
- Bike/pedestrian enhancements
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is conducting an environmental study of the corridor and is in the process of deciding between a raised and a lowered option, both of which will reduce congestion.
Senator Kirk Watson, Mayor Steve Adler, and others have called the community to support the lowered option, which creates the opportunity to improve mobility and dramatically change the quality of life in our community. The lowered option would open the door to a “cut and cap” option that would allow for I-35 to be covered and for green space or other developments to be installed above the roadway.
You can submit your comments at the Central7 Open House page through Wednesday, October 19. Videos and other media are available to give a better idea of the feel and appearance of the two options TxDOT is weighing.
Submit your comments by Tuesday and tell TxDOT how you would like to see I-35 transformed.