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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting for the Interstate 35 at Parmer Lane project Wednesday morning.
The project is a part of Texas Clear Lanes, an initiative to address congestion in several major Texas cities. Austin has a total of 12 Texas Clear Lanes projects.
I-35 at Parmer Lane now has a diverging diamond interchange rather than a traditional intersection. It also has a new southbound I-35 bypass lane and rebuilt northbound intersection bypass lane. At the Parmer Lane and North Lamar Boulevard intersection, there are dual left-turn lanes as well as right-turn lanes. The corridor now has better accommodations for bikes and pedestrians.
According to the TxDOT, the I-35 at Parmer Lane project cost $24.6 million.
J. Bruce Bugg Jr., chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, and other officials attended the ceremony alongside TxDOT.
“Since 2015, we’ve completed a dozen Texas Clear Lanes projects across the state,” said Chairman Bugg. “The I-35 at Parmer Lane project will help get Austin drivers out of congestion and back to the things they want and need to do.”
- Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.