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AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation has completed an $11.6 million package of Interstate 35 construction intended to improve safety and ease congestion in Buda and Kyle.

city-of-buda-news-p1As part of the project, the state rebuilt, relocated or reconfigured eight entrance and exit ramps along a nine-mile stretch of the interstate between Overpass Road (FM 2001) in Buda and Center Street (FM 150) in

The changes are designed to improve traffic flow in the interstate’s main lanes and provide more distance along access roads between exit ramps and intersecting streets, said Victor Vargas, TxDOT’s area engineer for south Travis and Hays counties.

“Keeping everyone safe on the road is our first priority. The new and modified ramps offer easier, safer access to and from I-35 throughout this rapidly-growing area of Hays County,” Vargas said.

In addition, the project involved widening the Robert S. Light Blvd. overpass in Buda and adding turnaround bridges to overpasses at Overpass Road, Robert S. Light Blvd., Kyle Crossing and Kyle Parkway (FM 1626).

TxDOT’s construction contractor was Lane Construction Corp., a Cheshire, Conn.-based company with Texas headquarters in Fort Worth. Construction began in January 2014.

COVER: Wall-to-wall traffic on Interstate 35 through central Austin. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION by TODD WISEMAN/THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

GRAPHICS: A landmark old water town in downtown Kyle. PHOTO by MIKE RASTIELLO. A grandfather and grandchild ride a bronze equestrian by Wyoming sculptor Vic Payne at the entrance to Cabela’s in Buda. PHOTO by CHRIS STANSBURY.

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