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IH 35 Ramp Reversals Project Open House on Feb. 12

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the City of Round Rock, in coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will conduct a project information Open House to discuss a proposed project in Round Rock, Texas.

The Open House will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the meeting room of the Wingate Hotel at 1209 N. Interstate Highway (IH) 35, Round Rock, TX 78664.

During the Open House, staff members will be available to answer questions from the public. No formal presentation will be given; thus, those wishing to attend may do so at their convenience anytime during the Open House hours.

About the project
The proposed project would include the reconstruction of IH 35 entrance and exit ramps between Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 3406 and United States Highway (US) 79. The northbound entrance ramp north of US 79 would be replaced with an exit ramp and the northbound exit ramp south of FM 3406 would be replaced with an entrance ramp. The southbound entrance ramp south of FM 3406 would be removed entirely. The southbound exit ramp north of US 79 would be replaced with an entrance ramp. 

The project would also include the construction of auxiliary lanes between the proposed exit and entrance ramps on both the northbound and southbound frontage roads. Construction on the IH 35 mainlanes is proposed to tie the reconstructed ramps into the mainlane pavement and to reconfigure the signing, striping, and illumination as necessary.

The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance mobility and improve safety.  The proposed ramp reversals would reduce congestion at the US 79 and FM 3406 intersections by allowing northbound travelers to access the mainlanes before the FM 3406 intersection. Likewise, southbound travelers accessing the mainlanes would be able to forego the intersection at US 79.

The proposed project would also move the exit ramps further back from the intersections to allow more room for traffic waiting at the intersections. The need for this project is related to the growth of Round Rock and nearby cities as well as congestion issues at the US 79 and FM 3406 intersections. The proposed project would not require any additional right-of-way and would not result in relocations or displacements. 

Construction of the proposed project would involve temporary lane closures and traffic detours, but only during non-peak period traffic periods.

About the open house
The Open House will distribute project information to the public and obtain public input to be considered during the development of the project. Exhibits showing aerial photography, the proposed project corridor, environmental constraints, and preliminary project layout will be displayed at the Open House. 

Preliminary maps of the proposed project will be on display at the Open House, and are currently available for review prior to the Open House at the City of Round Rock office at 2008 Enterprise Drive, Round Rock, TX 78664 and at the TxDOT Georgetown Area Engineer’s office located at 2727 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626. | View Maps and other displays online  

The Open House will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending who have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact Ms. Leah Coffman, City of Round Rock Project Manager, at (512) 341-3318, at least one week prior to the Open House.  The City of Round Rock and TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.

Verbal and written comments regarding the proposed project are requested and may be presented either at the Open House or in writing after the Open House.

Written comments not submitted during the Open House must be received on or before Feb. 22, in order to be included in the Open House record. 

Written statements may be mailed at any time on or before Feb. 22 to:

Austin District Environmental Coordinator, TxDOT
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, TX 78761

Fax comments to (512) 832-7157.

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013

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