You probably woke up today to an Interregional Highway 35 choked with cars and caked in soot emissions, a resonant cacophony shaking the bones of passers-by. Along its frontage roads, crumbling sidewalks callously underscore the apparent disdain in which the Texas Department of Transportation holds the people and homes who struggle to navigate its shadows. And you’ll probably wake up to it tomorrow.
IH35 can have a better future if the will exists to design it for the use of the people of Austin rather than the cars of Austin. The real problem of IH35 through central Austin lies not in its throughput capacity but in how it cuts off east-west movement and how its frontage roads antagonize the movements of the city by failing in every measure to be local streets.Read More