AUSTIN, Texas — Anyone who drives US 183 North in rush hours will tell you it's no picnic. That's particularly true during early-morning drive time as traffic heads from Cedar Park and Leander into Austin.

The 183 North Mobility Project will bring improvements to that portion of the highway between MoPac and State Highway 45.

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The goal is to help relieve traffic congestion by adding two tolled express lanes in each direction in the middle of 183, while the existing roadway will be expanded to four, non-tolled general-purpose lanes in each direction.

The project also includes adding a direct connector between the existing express lanes on MoPac and the new express lanes on 183, allowing for an uninterrupted route from far North Austin and Williamson County to Downtown Austin or beyond.

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The total cost is estimated at just over $500 million.

Construction is expected to begin late next year, and if all goes smoothly, a much-expanded US 183 North should be ready in 2025.

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