TxDOT is collecting community input on it’s proposed expansion of I-35. This is the third round of public engagement, extending from August 10 to September 24, 2021. All official project materials can be found here. Send in your comments to TxDOT regarding the project.
Reconnect Austin and Walk Austin collaborated to create a prewritten letter addressing some major project concerns. You can get involved in the project and support Reconnect Austin by sending that letter here:
State officials plan to destroy over 140 homes and businesses to widen I-35 through Austin to 20+ lanes.
Tell Austin City Council, Travis County, and our other elected officials that we:
- Oppose the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) I-35 expansion plans.
- Call for a full study of community design alternatives for I-35, including Reconnect Austin, Rethink35, and ULI’s Cap and Stitch proposals.
- Demand that plans for I-35 comply with City and community plans, goals, and values
Sign this petition by 9/24 to help prevent massive I-35 expansion.
“Our commitment [for I-35] is no wider and no higher.”
Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Texas Transportation Commission, February 27, 2020
That long-standing promise from state officials has been broken. Instead, TxDOT plans to WIDEN I-35 through central Austin to 20+ lanes and seize 32 acres of land and raze more than 140 homes and businesses, including the beloved Escuelita del Alma day care center, Stars Cafe, and the Austin Chronicle building.
- Pollutes our air and exacerbates climate change
- Creates deafening noise above 75 decibels in surrounding neighborhoods
- Kills more people than any other traffic corridor in Austin
An expanded I-35 will worsen ALL these problems. And TxDOT has clearly stated that it won’t even solve congestion.
Let’s call on our local leaders to get involved, oppose I-35 expansion plans, push for community alternatives to be studied, and ensure all local plans are met.