TxDOT: New proposed improvements for Westlake Drive on Loop 360

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation is working on a major overhaul of Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) by improving several intersections along the 14-mile stretch of road. 

“Usually the biggest backup is where Loop 360 and Ranch to Market Road 2222 meet and then again right at the light over here at Westlake Drive,” Dr. Susan Elizondo said.

Elizondo is an optometrist and the owner of Westlake Hills Vision Center in the Davenport Village located near the intersection of Loop 360 and Westlake Drive. She said she knows firsthand how congested the road can get and even hears it from her patients. 

“They’re like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I’m running late because of traffic.’ It’s actually something I hear a lot,” she said.

On Tuesday, TxDOT will host a workshop to showcase new proposed improvements for the busy intersection of Westlake Drive and Loop 360 as well as Cedar Street and Loop 360.

For the last several months, TxDOT has been working on plans to improve safety and mobility at the intersections of Westlake Drive and Cedar Street.

Transportation officials said they’ve been working on this for the last several months. In Sept. 2018, they presented three options to the community and after reviewing the feedback they came up with the new improvements.

TxDOT is looking at adding underpasses at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street for the mainlanes, a U-turn option at Westlake Drive and shared-use paths and sidewalks to improve bicyclists and pedestrian safety. 

Elizondo said she’s on board with the changes if they help ease the traffic woes she and her patients face every day, but she admitted she is worried the construction will come at a cost.  

“I already have patients that complain about the traffic and to add that on top of it would be very difficult,” she said. “It could potentially damage our business and we may go under because nobody wants to deal with that.”

TxDOT officials said they expect construction to begin early 2022, but before any shovels go in the ground, they plan to meet with every business owner in the area to help with the transition. 

Tuesday afternoon’s workshop will showcase updated renderings of the proposed improvements. It will be held at the Riverbend Church on Loop 360 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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