Proposed By Sinclair Black FAIA
On any street or highway re-construction project navigating the continuing traffic even for a limited time becomes a major concern and cost consideration. TxDOT’s alternatives for the I-35 rebuild show no solutions for this major problem. It isn’t even mentioned in their published plans.
Reconnect Austin, the community-generated alternative on the other hand has an interim solution for the inevitable disruption as follows:
- Follow through on TxDOT’s proposal made years ago to switch the designation on I-35 and SH130 requiring trucks to use SH130 toll-free.
- Widen the frontage roads to 4 or 5 lanes with no connection to the elevated, only a few turnarounds to access the other side.
- Demolish the elevated highway completely and rebuild all utility systems and flood tunnels to the lake.
- Rebuild the main lanes below grade quickly with direct connect portals to the East/West grid.
- Construct the at grade cap, the “boulevard” with connections to the existing East/West city streets that serve as the regional access/distribution system.
- Demolish the temporary feeder/access roads and return that land to the city of Austin.
- Build all the sidewalks, bike lanes, and transit stations and plant 4,000 trees in the 3.8 mile long, 40 ft. median and create Austin’s “urban forest”.