This is Each Assets That Would Lose Land To TxDOT’s I-35 Growth In Central Austin

The state’s programs to grow Interstate 35, the busiest roadway in Austin and a person of the most congested in Texas, would involve expropriating land from nearly 200 qualities, according to a KUT assessment of schematic maps developed by the Texas Division of Transportation. Some assets house owners would cede a handful of sq. feet. Other tracts would be pretty much wiped off the map.

TxDOT experienced already unveiled that its top rated two selections for the I-35 Money Specific Job — the name specified to an overhaul of the freeway involving U.S. 290 East and Ben White Boulevard — would displace at the very least 140 properties. The condition agency did not give a record of each individual assets influenced, only maps in the sort of substantial PDF information that require intensive zooming and scrolling to read through.

KUT examined maps from TxDOT’s two major selections tract-by-tract. We established our possess interactive map beneath exhibiting each occasion in which the correct-of-way, a expression to describe land where by streets are constructed, would encroach into private house. For each property, we posted two screenshots to present how every single of the top “Construct Solutions” beneath consideration by TxDOT would incur on tracts of land.

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You can simply click on a issue to deliver up the pictures and assets facts from the Travis Central Appraisal District. To cycle through both of those visuals, click on the modest arrows at the base of each photograph. This legend exhibits how to comprehend TxDOT’s maps.

Legend for TxDOT maps


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

The dotted orange line signifies the existing right-of-way (ROW). The dotted blue line illustrates the proposed new suitable-of-way. The dotted black line signifies tract boundaries.

The Whip In, a ease store and cafe on I-35 at Mariposa Drive, would concede extra land below Make Different 2, for example, than Build Choice 3.

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

Nathan Bernier/KUT

Side-by-facet screenshots of TxDOT’s maps for the two primary selections for I-35 expansion in Central Austin display how every would claim unique amounts of land from the comfort shop and restaurant Whip In.

That’s the circumstance for most qualities affected by Construct Different 2. That solution would outcome in 32 acres of correct-of-way staying absorbed into the challenge, in comparison to 30 acres beneath Build Alternate 3, according to TxDOT’s assessment.

In some scenarios, we counted adjacent tracts only at the time. For example, UT’s Frank Denius Fields is true made up of 10 interlocked tracts of land. All are owned by the college. Fairly than insert 10 factors on the map, we included a single to symbolize the overall facility.

TxDOT Map showing Frank Denius Fields


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

TxDOT can use the electricity of eminent domain to expropriate house, but ought to spend the owner “fair marketplace worth” and, if applicable, assist with relocation expenditures.

The company considers the amount of money of proper-of-way acquisition expected by a challenge as a person of a number of conditions in assessing a favored establish different. But that is not the only requirements used to rating the challenge. Build Option 1, which TxDOT has dominated out in element simply because of its $8 billion rate tag — a lot more than double the other two selections — would really assert about fifty percent as much appropriate-of-way as Build Possibilities 2 and 3, about 16 acres.

A few community-drawn options to TxDOT’s options would perform within the highway’s existing footprint. TxDOT has largely discounted these ideas either mainly because they don’t improve freeway capacity, as with the Rethink35 proposal that would downsize the interstate to a boulevard, or for the reason that they contain expensive characteristics for which TxDOT will not pay back, like the Downtown Austin Alliance/Urban Land Institute’s proposal to bury I-35 by sinking it and placing a cap on top rated.

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

City Land Institute

A cross-section of I-35 less than the DAA/ULI strategy showing a cap on top rated. TxDOT has mentioned it is open to the strategy but will not shell out for a cap.

TxDOT argues its two top proposals — which the two involve including two lanes in every single route for autos with two or extra passengers — satisfy the desires of the region’s increasing population. Both of those tasks would eliminate the higher decks and reduce the key 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 display the change amongst TxDOT’s two leading construct options at 30th Road. At this locale, Build Alternate 3 would have 3 additional motor vehicle lanes than Establish Option 2.

Develop Solutions 2 and 3 would also boost pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and purpose to accommodate some of Cash Metro’s programs for transit enlargement under the voter-authorised Task Join system.

TxDOT’s designs are open to public comment right until Friday, Sept. 24, an extension from the first deadline of final Wednesday. A last decision is predicted in summer 2023. Construction is predicted to start off in late 2025.

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

Nathan Bernier/KUT

Both of TxDOT’s proposals involve getting rid of the upper decks and sinking the main lanes of the interstate below ground level but not masking them.