The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct an Open House to discuss plans to improve University Blvd. (RM 1431) at I-35 in Round Rock from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Allen R. Baca Center.
During the Open House, displays of the project area and other project information will be available for review. Project team members will be present to answer questions. The Open House format allows attendees to â€ścome-and-goâ€ť at their convenience; no formal presentation will be made.
Displays will be shown at the Open House and other information concerning the project are available for review at the TxDOT offices located at 7901 North IH 35, Austin, Texas 78753.
About the project
The project being considered entails reconstructing the existing (traditional) intersection in a â€śdiverging diamondâ€ť configuration and constructing a southbound collector/distributor between the I-35 mainlanes and frontage road. The collector/distributor road would allow â€śthroughâ€ť frontage road traffic to by-pass the intersection. The northbound collector/distributor road already exists.
A diverging diamond is an innovative intersection design that works well for locations with high volumes of left turn traffic. The collector/distributor roads reduce traffic at the intersection and minimize conflicts between cross-traffic and left-turn traffic. A diverging diamond intersection enhances safety and allows for longer green lights.
The proposed project would likely involve 0.35 acres of new right-of-way at the northeast corner of I-35 and RM 1431. The rest of the project would be constructed within existing right-of-way. Acquisition of this anticipated right-of-way would not result in any commercial or residential displacements. Information regarding TxDOTâ€™s Right-of-Way Acquisition and Relocation Assistance Program will be available at the Open House. The project area is within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.
The Open House will be conducted in English. Anyone interested in attending with special communication or physical needs should contact Jon Geiselbrecht at (512) 832-7218 at least five business days prior to the Open House so arrangements may be made. Every reasonable effort to accommodate communication or accessibility needs will be made.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the Open House and provide input on the project. Verbal and written comments may be presented at the Open House.
Written comments not submitted at the Open House may be mailed to:
Texas Department of Transportation â€“ Austin District
P.O. Drawer 15426,
Austin, Texas 78761-5426
or faxed to (512) 832-7157.