This is Every single Home That Would Eliminate Land To TxDOT’s I-35 Enlargement In Central Austin

The state’s programs to broaden Interstate 35, the busiest roadway in Austin and a person of the most congested in Texas, would have to have expropriating land from almost 200 houses, according to a KUT investigation of schematic maps developed by the Texas Division of Transportation. Some residence entrepreneurs would cede a couple square feet. Other tracts would be practically wiped off the map.

TxDOT had previously exposed that its best two selections for the I-35 Capital Categorical Challenge — the title supplied to an overhaul of the highway involving U.S. 290 East and Ben White Boulevard — would displace at the very least 140 houses. The point out agency did not give a listing of each individual property affected, only maps in the variety of large PDF documents that require extensive zooming and scrolling to study.

KUT examined maps from TxDOT’s two main solutions tract-by-tract. We designed our personal interactive map under showing each and every occasion in which the correct-of-way, a phrase to explain land where by roads are crafted, would encroach into personal residence. For each home, we posted two screenshots to present how just about every of the primary “Develop Possibilities” below consideration by TxDOT would incur on tracts of land.

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You can simply click on a position to provide up the photos and house facts from the Travis Central Appraisal District. To cycle by means of both of those pictures, click the compact arrows at the base of every picture. This legend reveals how to realize TxDOT’s maps.

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Use this legend to comprehend the screenshots of TxDOT maps embedded in our interactive map.

The dotted orange line represents the current ideal-of-way (ROW). The dotted blue line illustrates the proposed new suitable-of-way. The dotted black line represents tract boundaries.

The Whip In, a convenience store and cafe on I-35 at Mariposa Push, would concede a lot more land under Make Option 2, for case in point, than Build Alternative 3.

Side-by-side maps showing the differing effects of TxDOT proposals for expanding I-35 on the Whip In

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Side-by-aspect screenshots of TxDOT’s maps for the two major options for I-35 expansion in Central Austin display how every single would claim unique quantities of land from the ease retailer and restaurant Whip In.

Which is the case for most properties impacted by Create Choice 2. That solution would outcome in 32 acres of right-of-way becoming absorbed into the venture, as opposed to 30 acres below Build Option 3, according to TxDOT’s evaluation.

In some conditions, we counted adjacent tracts only the moment. For instance, UT’s Frank Denius Fields is real manufactured up of 10 interlocked tracts of land. All are owned by the university. Somewhat than increase 10 factors on the map, we extra a person to depict the entire facility.

TxDOT Map showing Frank Denius Fields


The dotted blue line from a TxDOT map exhibits the sliver of proper-of-way that would be ceded by Frank Denius Fields, a UT-owned home that is subdivided into 10 individual tracts as indicated by the dotted black line.

TxDOT can use the power of eminent area to expropriate property, but must spend the operator “good market place value” and, if applicable, aid with relocation prices.

The company considers the sum of ideal-of-way acquisition expected by a task as just one of a number of conditions in assessing a chosen build choice. But which is not the only criteria utilized to rating the undertaking. Construct Substitute 1, which TxDOT has ruled out in section since of its $8 billion rate tag — additional than double the other two options — would essentially declare about half as considerably suitable-of-way as Create Solutions 2 and 3, about 16 acres.

A few local community-drawn solutions to TxDOT’s ideas would get the job done inside of the highway’s current footprint. TxDOT has mainly discounted these strategies possibly due to the fact they really don’t enhance freeway potential, as with the Rethink35 proposal that would downsize the interstate to a boulevard, or due to the fact they include things like expensive capabilities for which TxDOT will not pay, like the Downtown Austin Alliance/Urban Land Institute’s proposal to bury I-35 by sinking it and placing a cap on best.

A cross-section of I-35 under the DAA/ULI plan showing a cap on top.

Urban Land Institute

A cross-segment of I-35 beneath the DAA/ULI prepare exhibiting a cap on leading. TxDOT has reported it is open up to the concept but will not pay for a cap.

TxDOT argues its two leading proposals — which equally contain including two lanes in just about every way for motor vehicles with two or much more travellers — satisfy the requirements of the region’s escalating populace. Both equally tasks would take out the higher decks and lower the main lanes of the interstate.

A comparison of two cross-sections of TxDOT's build proposals for I-35

Nathan Bernier/KUT

These TxDOT cross-sections demonstrate the variance concerning TxDOT’s two leading build possibilities at 30th Avenue. At this spot, Build Substitute 3 would have 3 extra auto lanes than Develop Option 2.

Make Alternatives 2 and 3 would also improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and goal to accommodate some of Money Metro’s plans for transit enlargement underneath the voter-accepted Venture Join strategy.

TxDOT’s plans are open up to public comment right until Friday, Sept. 24, an extension from the first deadline of very last Wednesday. A closing selection is expected in summer season 2023. Design is anticipated to get started in late 2025.

A gif animation showing the upper decks of I-35.

Nathan Bernier/KUT

Both equally of TxDOT’s proposals contain reducing the higher decks and sinking the key lanes of the interstate below floor degree but not masking them.