May 9, 2012
AUSTIN - Following extensive discussions with the public, elected officials and community leaders, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that it will move forward with fewer intersection improvements proposed to address congestion on Loop 360 in West Austin.
TxDOT engineers will continue to design conventional intersection enhancements on a southern section of Loop 360 near Loop 1 to address congestion in that bustling commercial and residential area. Finding funding sources for this work is still underway with an objective of having the project ready in the event new sources become available.
"TxDOT listened to what the community said about the improvements proposed for Loop 360, and cared deeply about that feedback as we considered how to address congestion in the area," said Carlos Lopez, District Engineer for TxDOT's Austin District. "TxDOT honored its commitment to only implement improvements to Loop 360 with the support of the community and that's why plans are scaled back."
Safety is always a top priority at TxDOT. That said, since this was a congestion mitigation project the department did not have a compelling public safety issue under consideration to advance this project.