AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Friday, the Downtown Austin Alliance presented preliminary recommendations for the redesign of the land and streetscape surrounding Interstate 35 through Central Austin.
The alliance hired the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research group of real estate and land use experts, who interviewed over 100 Austin stakeholders and toured the surrounding areas before developing the initial recommendations.
At the event, held at Huston-Tillotson University, ULI spoke about several possibilities for I-35.
One possibility mentioned was having two lanes overhang on each side over lanes below. ULI is also looking at ways to add park space and pedestrian and bike lanes above the interstate and at surface level.
The final report will be completed later this year. It will include preliminary recommendations, as well as options for funding.
On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission outlined its plan to pay for a $4 billion-dollar I-35 project. It includes adding lanes — and maybe going underground.
The plan for the redesign of the land and streetscape is completely separate from that project, however, the ULI and TxDOT are working closely together.