Austin, the capital of the Lone Star State, is centrally located along the Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is the home to state government offices, the sprawling University of Texas campus and the Longhorns’ stadium), and an up and coming music scene. Austin’s Sixth Street is the place to go for many varieties of music from all over the state.
Peak hour traffic in Austin devolved into a traffic-choked nightmare. Many freeway projects have been proposed over the years, but most have been cancelled due to community opposition. The political climate in Austin is unlike any other in Texas, which is part of the charm of the city. Nevertheless, several projects were studied or saw progress:
IH 35 – reconstruction of IH 35, including the double-deck section north of Downtown.
Loop 1 – widening and expansion of the freeway, as well as extending the freeway north as a toll road.
SH 130 – Construction of the first link of the Trans-Texas Corridor, as a toll road around the east side of Austin. This was eventually completed, with an extension south to IH 10.
SH 45 – Construction of a 15-mile toll road on the north side of Austin.
SH 45SE – Construction of a 7.4 mile toll road on the south side of Austin.
Hwy 183A – Construction of a tolled bypass of US 183.