A New Future for I-35

The Downtown Austin Alliance, in collaboration with a diverse group of Austin leaders, wants to create a community-driven vision for the future of the I-35 corridor in central Austin. As a first step in this process, we have engaged the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) National Advisory Services, bringing a diverse panel of experts to Austin to work with the community to gather input and evaluate the feasibility of potential enhancements surrounding the interstate. This study takes place concurrently with TxDOT’s evaluation, which is considering lowering the highway between Airport Boulevard and Lady Bird Lake.

As TxDOT considers lowering the immense highway that has divided our community for decades, we can create a shared vision that builds on this investment to ensure the best outcomes for all Austinites.

The community is invited to attend the ULI Panel public presentation on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 AM at Huston-Tillotson University. Click here to learn more and register to attend. 

Quote from Dewitt Peart, president/CEO of the Downtown Austin Alliance:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform one of Austin’s biggest community barriers into a valuable regional asset for generations to come. While TxDOT’s proposal will lower the highway, it is up to the community to come together and develop a vision for what we’d like to see happen above and at surface level to create something that works for Austin now and in the future.”

Link to the full press release

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Visit Downtown Austin Alliance website to learn more: https://downtownaustin.com/i35