AUSTIN (KXAN) — For drivers heading northbound on Interstate 35 looking to exit onto northbound U.S. Highway 183, they will now have to take a detour onto the Rundberg Lane exit (No. 241) to get there.
Sunday night the Texas Department of Transportation closed off Exit No. 240, or the northbound I-35 to northbound U.S. 183 flyover. The flyover is expected to be closed for four months as TxDOT crews demolish and reconstruct a section of the flyover.
“Anybody who has ever driven that flyover realizes it’s pretty steep, so if you have a larger vehicle it takes a little bit of effort to climb it, so we’re going to lessen that grade, we’re going to lengthen that flyover, that ramp that leads to it and make it easier for larger vehicles to that flyover,” said TxDOT spokesperson Diann Hodges.
The detour will take drivers onto the Rundberg Lane exit to make a U-turn, then get onto the new southbound I-35 to northbound U.S. 183 flyover. The U-turn lane heading southbound will be closed off to local traffic to help mitigate the impact from the detoured traffic.
On Sunday at 11 p.m., TxDOT opened the new southbound I-35 to northbound U.S. 183 and southbound I-35 to southbound U.S. 183 flyovers.
“This is one of our major milestones,” Hodges explained. “The good news is we have two major flyovers opening and we’re going to use these flyovers to help with our traffic that we detouring off of the I-35 northbound I-35 to northbound 183 ramp.”
TxDOT said the project is expected to add three new flyovers total to the interchange. The third new flyover is currently under construction and expected to be completed this fall. In total, once everything is complete and reopened, TxDOT said there will be five flyovers at the I-35 and U.S. 183 Interchange.