AUSTIN (KXAN) — From a new lane, to fly overs, an approved amendment means changes are coming to the U.S. 183 North project.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2040 Plan changed the goal of the U.S. 183 project. Revisions include adding SH 45 to the plan as well as a fourth non-tolled lane. Funding for the project received a major boost, raising the budget from $225.7 million to $650 million.
“The US 183 North project is a great example of how transportation projects can change as a result of public input and feedback. The elements that were added, such as a fourth non-tolled, general purpose lane and flyovers, add to the project cost, but [Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority] CTRMA and TxDOT listened to drivers’ and transit users’ needs and modified the project to include what the public requested,” said Williamson County Commissioner and CAMPO Board member Cynthia Long.
As the project progresses it still needs to complete a full environmental study, which is being reviewed by TxDOT. The study must be finished before the project can move forward with construction.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, “In this Year of Mobility, adding more lanes and more options to 183 North will increase mobility between northwest and southeast Austin and, together with the Bergstrom Expressway project, make it easier to get to the airport.”