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TxDOT green lights new lanes on I-35 through downtown Austin

TxDOT green lights new lanes on I-35 through downtown Austin

Downtown Austin rush hour traffic
I-35 will add "managed" lanes through downtown. Photo by typhoonski/Getty Images

KVUE — The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the 2020 Unified Transportation Program, which will provide funding for Interstate Highway 35 in Austin.

The Texas Department of Transportation is calling the undertaking the "Capital Express Program." The program is split into three projects along I-35: North, South and Central.

The North project intends to add one non-tolled lane in each direction along I-35 from Highway 45 North to U.S. 290. The South project looks to add two non-tolled lanes in each direction of I-35 from Highway 71/Ben White Boulevard to Highway 45 Southeast.

Meanwhile, the Central project would add two non-tolled lanes in each direction along I-35 from U.S. 290 to Highway 71/Ben White Boulevard.

Tucker Ferguson, TxDOT's Austin district engineer, said that the construction of the North and South projects before the Central project would give drivers alternatives during the construction of the Central project.

"Improving I-35 in Central Texas is a major undertaking, especially when it comes to downtown Austin," Ferguson said.

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