AUSTIN, Texas — We saw some transportation projects kick off in 2019 that hope to help make Austin and Texas roads safer for everyone. Some of those projects will still be under construction in 2020.
KVUE recently reported about the Austin Transportation Department breaking ground on pedestrian and mobility safety improvements to North Lamar Boulevard. Specifically, the city is working on four intersections that will receive new sidewalk connections, new ADA-accessible curb ramps and crosswalks.
West Powell Lane, Fairfield Drive and Grady Drive will all get new traffic signals with crosswalks, and Cooper Drive will get a new signalized pedestrian crosswalk, according to the City.
This part of the project broke ground in December and is expected to be finished within a year.
These improvements are part of a bigger plan to improve safety and mobility along North Lamar between U.S. 183 and Howard Lane.
On Interstate 35, one project known as I-35 from Rundberg Lane to U.S. 290 East will see construction of three new flyovers at 183. This also includes reconstructing the St. John's Avenue Bridge.
In addition, there will be intersection bypass lanes under St. Johns Avenue in both directions, extended entrance and exit lanes and ramp and shoulder improvements.
The anticipated completion for this project is mid-2021, weather permitting.
Click here to watch a video that shows what it will look like when it's done.
Moving up the I-35 corridor, TxDOT said improvements are in the works on I-35 at Parmer Lane. The department said improvements there include replacing the traditional intersection with a diverging diamond intersection.
Drivers should expect that to be completed in mid-2021.
That project is expected to start sometime this year.
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