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As Mopac Toll Lane Construction Starts, Officials Plan I-35 Improvements

Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 07:24 AM CST

As the Mopac toll lane construction starts Wednesday night, planners are putting together several construction projects for I-35 from Georgetown all the way to San Marcos. Officials with TxDOT and other agencies are focusing on small to medium-size projects over smaller chunks of I-35, working piece by piece along nearly 60 miles of highway and hoping it all adds up to an easier commute within the next decade.

How should crews fix I-35 from Georgetown to San Marcos? That’s what TxDOT wants to know from you. A few of their ideas so far: redoing the overpasses, widening lanes, and adding U-turn lanes and new lanes for merging. They’re also looking at pedestrian and bike improvements and even express lanes like those being built on Mopac. Officials hope that project, once it’s done, will help ease the bottleneck during I-35’s makeover.
   
"Hopefully by the time we're actually able to tackle other areas of I-35, that project will finish, and so it provides folks an alternate route," said Kelli Reyna, a spokesperson for TxDOT.

Starting Wednesday night, crews will start restriping and putting up barriers on Mopac. That project should take two years to complete. The projects along I-35 should take anywhere between three to 10 years, according to the website Mobility35.org. One big wild card now: the cost and how to pay for them.

To see more about the proposed projects: http://www.mobility35.org/

To weigh in on what changes you want to see: http://speakup4mobility.org/

As Mopac Toll Lane Construction Starts, Officials Plan I-35 Improvements


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