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New plan for I-35 would add lanes to get you through Austin faster

New plan for I-35 would add lanes to get you through Austin faster

KVUE — The Texas Department of Transportation has announced a new 10-year plan to address traffic on Interstate 35.

At an event Monday hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, TxDOT, along with the City of Austin and Sen. Kirk Watson, proposed a plan that would add an additional lane in each direction on the upper decks of I-35 in Austin. The auxiliary lanes, if given funding, would be between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Airport Boulevard.

"The new concept is the result of hard work, analysis and study by the Mobility35 team and a community-driven process that will improve mobility and safety on I-35 in a uniquely Austin way, respecting the needs of neighbors while meeting the needs of the region, state and nation," Sen. Watson said in a press release.

Mobility35 is a partnership between TxDOT, the City of Austin, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and local citizens to help develop an improvement plan for I-35 through Travis, Williamson and Hays counties.

Aside from adding more lanes, the plan includes a number of individual projects that can be completed as funding becomes available. TxDOT says that the $4.3 billion program could be completed by 2025 if funding is found. Mayor Steve Adler, who has declared his support for the plan, says it will take local and state funding.

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A new plan would add lanes to the upper decks of I-35. Courtesy photo