AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close the north and southbound I-35 mainlanes this week, so crews can safely place beams for the Stassney Lane bridge, as part of the I-35 from Stassney Lane to William Cannon Drive project. During the closures, traffic will be detoured to the frontage roads.
Beginning at 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday nights (Oct. 28-29), crews will close the northbound I-35 mainlanes between US 290/SH 71 and south of Stassney Lane.
Northbound traffic will be detoured to the frontage road through a temporary ramp just north of Nelms Drive and will be able to re-enter I-35 using the existing entrance ramp just south of US 290/SH 71. (See attached detour map.)
Beginning at 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday nights (Oct. 30-31), crews will close the southbound I-35 mainlanes between US 290/SH 71 and south of Stassney Lane.
Drivers must exit southbound I-35 at Stassney Lane (exit 229) and will be able to re-enter I-35 just south of Stassney Lane at a temporary entrance ramp. Southbound I-35 flyovers from east and westbound US 290/SH 71 will also be closed. To travel south on I-35, east and westbound traffic on US 290/SH 71 should use the frontage roads.
The Stassney Lane bridge will close nightly at 8 p.m. so the beams can be set. During this time, motorists wishing to travel across I-35 will be detoured to William Cannon Drive to the south and US 290/SH 71 to the north.
After the closure, traffic will continue to utilize the U-turn bridges to maintain east/west connectivity while the Stassney Lane bridge remains under construction.
Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes during the closures as delays are expected. Road signs have been placed to alert drivers of the upcoming closures.
TxDOT asks the traveling public to adhere to construction signage and remain aware when traveling through the work zone.
The $79 million I-35 from Stassney Lane to William Cannon Drive project, which will enhance mobility, safety, and connectivity for all modes of transportation, also includes a reconstructed bridge at William Cannon Drive, added U-turn lanes, and improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
To find additional I-35 closures visit https://smcorridornews.com/traffic-alert-what-you-need-to-know-before-you-start-your-weekly-commute-on-i-35-2