I-35 construction worsens flooding during heavy rain


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A section of Interstate 35 that’s under construction proved to be problematic during the heavy rains Austin faced over the weekend. 

Texas Department of Transportation crews had to shut down all northbound lanes of I-35 between US-183 and Rundberg Lane for several hours both Saturday and Sunday because the stretch of roadway was flooded.

On Saturday, a bull dozer was used to scoop water out of the road and dump it.

“I-35 near Hermitage Drive experienced flooding on both Saturday and Sunday, due to several inches of rain coming down in a short period of time,” said a TxDOT spokesperson. “This is an active construction area, where barriers have been placed to protect the traveling public and work crews.”

According to TxDOT, those concrete barriers are in place to keep crews safe as they work on reconstructing that section of I-35 and its frontage road.

Neighbors in the area said they experienced more flooding than usual in the street and nearby business parking lots. They felt that the drainage issues coming from the construction project might have been to blame, however TxDOT says the concrete barriers shouldn’t be causing any flooding impact to neighbors.

After the flooding over the weekend, TxDOT promises to look at modifications that will allow for more efficient drainage during future storms.

This particular construction project is expected to be complete by mid 2021.

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