Proposed IH-35 bike lane and sidewalk expansions

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Currently bicyclists and pedestrians are sharing the six-foot-wide sidewalks at Lady Bird Lake. As a part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s new proposal for the IH-35 and Riverside area, they hope to expand the sidewalks by two feet.

Cyclist Raquel Lamier said this area can get tricky.

“There are really bad sidewalks up here that I have to bike on, it can be nerve racking with the cars whizzing past.”

Additionally, TxDOT is looking to add bike and pedestrian paths on both the north and southbound sides of the IH-35 frontage roads. The new lanes will start near Holly Street and run south to Oltorf Street. These new paths will also include buffer lanes to separate bikers and pedestrians from vehicular traffic.

George Rios says changes to the Lady Bird Lake Bridge would be helpful.

“I think it be great for a little more room, I’m cruising along pretty good when I come down this bridge.”

TxDOT will be presenting all of its plans to improve the I-35 and Riverside Drive at a meeting Tuesday July 21 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Martin Middle School.

To view proposed plans, click here.

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