Montopolis neighborhood dealing with year-long construction project


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longtime Montopolis neighbor Shirley Gattis says she’s noticed a change surrounding her neighborhood.

And for those who have traveled to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lately, you may have noticed the ongoing construction. 

“When the airport moved out there, this should have been done then. This is horrible,” she said talking about the congested traffic and construction surrounding her area. 

For the next year, those who live in Montopolis will have to use a detour.

“The traffic in Austin is bad anyway, but the traffic out here in Montopolis is horrible, horrible,” she said. “You can’t get out of your yards and stuff.”

This is part of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s project to rebuild the Montopolis Drive bridge to US 183.

Those who live and work in the area will have to use Vargas Road to access the highway. 

“The first couple weeks of any detour or change in traffic are problematic,” said Steve Pustelnyk, director of community relations at the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, or CTRMA. “One of the biggest challenges we have right now is that people aren’t taking advantage of the availability to use both lanes to turn left onto the highway.” 

Pustelnyk says projects like these can bring some challenges.

“Anytime we take away from US 183 at the signal to give to Montopolis that results in even bigger backups, so we really have to balance the needs,” he said. 

They’re asking the community to be patient. CTRMA says the next project they plan to tackle is Bolm Road.

This project at Montopolis is part of the 183 South Project. The first phase of the project is on schedule.

US 290 to just south of Techni Center Drive is set to open in summer 2019. The remainder of the project from just south of Techni Center Drive to SH 71 is set to open in 2020. It is an 8-mile rebuild of US 183 with a total cost of $743 million.

To keep up with the latest construction updates and road closures for the 183 South Project you can click here

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