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TxDOT breaks ground on first project to remove signals on Loop 360

The project will remove the traffic signals from the Loop 360 main lanes at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street and construct underpasses at both locations.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews broke ground on Wednesday on a $72.1 million project that aims to improve safety and mobility at two major intersections on Loop 360.

TxDOT said the project will remove the traffic signals from the Loop 360 main lanes at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street and construct underpasses at both locations. It will also add non-signalized U-turns at Westlake, construct new northbound and southbound frontage roads and add shared-use paths along the corridor.

“This is the first project in the Loop 360 Program to move into construction,” said TxDOT Austin District engineer Tucker Ferguson. “By removing traffic signals and constructing underpasses at Westlake Drive and Cedar Street, this project will provide much-needed relief to a busy and growing area of the community.”

"We’ve been working with TxDOT all these years to come up with a plan. What’s being started here today is going to make things better," said State Rep. Donna Howard. “It’s taking into account both safety and mobility. Thank you to TxDOT for what you’ve been doing.”

The project is funded by TxDOT and the City of Austin’s 2016 Mobility Bond.

Wednesday's groundbreaking was held at 2 p.m. at Riverbend Church, located at 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway.

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