I-35 at 51st Street

Overview:

The project adds a collector-distributor road, or intersection bypass lane, to allow through-traffic to bypass the traffic signal and adds a new roundabout at the intersection of the southbound frontage road of I-35 and 51st Street. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will also be improved along the I-35 southbound frontage road within the project limits.

Need & Purpose
  • Reduce bottlenecks at the southbound frontage road of I-35 at 51st Street and for east/west traffic
  • Improve connections at the existing U-turn structure
  • Improve southbound ramp operations between 51st Street and Airport Boulevard
Project Description
  • Realign southbound frontage road
  • New southbound intersection bypass lane
  • New roundabout at the southbound frontage road of I-35 and 51st Street
  • Reconfigure ramps
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
Funding
  • Project development funded by TxDOT
  • Construction funded by the city of Austin and TxDOT's Congestion Relief Initiative
  • Construction cost: $16.5 million
Schedule
  • Finalized schematic and environmental documentation: April 2016
  • Begin Plans, Specifications and Estimates (PS&E): June 2015
  • Complete PS&E: June 2016
  • Construction letting: June 2016
  • Construction start: October 2016
  • Construction completion: anticipated spring 2018
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I-35 at 51st Street

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TxDOT Austin District
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, TX 78761-5426

(512) 832-7000

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