Traffic Update: I-35 Turnaround Bridge at 51st to Close Starting this Weekend

Southwest Austin traffic advisory:

Commuters are advised to consider alternate routes or prepare for longer travel time if their regular commute traverses through the I-35 turnaround bridge at 51st Street. The said roadway is part of the Texas Department of Transportation's Mobility35 improvement efforts.

The closure will be placed on Sunday, January 8, 8 p.m. Road signs have been previously placed in the area to alert drivers of the upcoming road construction.

Those who will use I-35 are requested to be patient with the longer travel time, as commuters heading southbound have to use the signalized intersection at 51st Street to go north on I-35. The reconstruction effort of the bridge aims to realign the said roadway with the new roundabout configuration designed for 51st St. The target completion date for the I-35 improvement plan is early April 2017. City officials are eager to complete this phase of the project at the soonest possible time in consideratin of the 215,000 vehicles that pass through the I-35 on a daily basis.

In total, the reconfiguration of the I-35 and 51st Street will cost $16.5 million and is expected to conclude in the first quarter of 219,000.

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