AUSTIN -- As Southwest Austin grows, so does the traffic in and out of that part of town.
If you drive on Hwy 290 and 71 into the city, you know that backups can be pretty bad. The Texas Department of Transportation has a new plan to alleviate some of those traffic headaches.
Anyone who lives or works in the area knows development has really increased traffic. In fact TxDOT says the area is one of the most 50 congested highway corridors int he state.
The agency has been working in the area for several years to try and ease the traffic. Monday's project will start to build what TxDOT calls "continous flow intersections" between State Highway 71 and Joe Tanner Lane.
That means the traffic moving east and west on US 290 will continue to flow when the signal turns green. TxDOT says drivers that want to go straight don't have to wait for those turning left anymore.
The idea for the project came from the Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study, which is an ongoing look at how to reduce congestion, improve mobility and enhance safety.
The project has an estimated cost of $6.5 million. Construction should wrap up in spring of 2015.