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Power line installation to briefly close Interstate 35 in Austin


AUSTIN — Interstate 35 — both the north- and south-bound main lanes between St. Johns Avenue and U.S. 183 — will be closed to traffic Sunday morning so Austin Energy can install new power lines, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said this morning.

The closure is anticipated to last for about 15 minutes, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. Aug. 23. In addition, the outside lanes of access roads in both directions will be closed between 6 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

Police will conduct a rolling roadblock to stop traffic while the power lines are strung across the highway. Police officers will be on the scene starting at 5:30 a.m. After Austin Energy’s work is complete, traffic will resume and crews will complete the installation of the lines, the spokesperson said.

Road conditions and traffic updates are available on TxDOT’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

COVER: File photo of Interstate 35 near downtown Austin. PHOTO FLICKR. SAN MARCOS MERCURY GRAPHIC by BRAD ROLLINS