Austin's 183 South project moves into fast laneAustin's 183 South project moves into fast lanehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=127702016-04-08T05:00:00Z2016-04-08T21:20:00Z

​​​​​AUSTIN - Representing a partnership between the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation, the 183 South project recently broke ground. ​​

Construction will begin in May on the $743 million project, which will include building three tolled lanes in each direction on US 183 between US 290 and SH 71 and also include three non-tolled lanes in each direction with bike lanes and a shared-use path.

Upon completion in 2020, the 183 South project will quadruple the capacity for drivers east of downtown Austin, open access regionally to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and play an important role when construction begins on I-35. 

Five cross streets will be removed at 51st St., Technicenter Dr., Bolm Rd., Vargas Rd. and Thompson Lane. 

New turnarounds will be added between Loyola Lane and Bolm Rd. and at Patton Ave. Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein said this will make it faster for drivers trying to access US 183. 

The first phase of the project between US 290 and Technicenter Dr. is anticipated to be finished in 2019 with full completion of the project in 2020.​

About $25 million will be invested in bike and pedestrian improvements, which includes a seven-mile shared-use path on the northbound side of US 183, nine miles of sidewalks and 16 miles of bike lanes on both sides of the corridor. A new pedestrian bridge will be built near Manor and Springdale Roads.

Also, the historic Montopolis Bridge will be decommissioned to vehicular traffic and converted for use by bicyclists and pedestrians.

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