AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation says a new congestion-calming measure in the state is making traffic better in Austin, Austin-Bergstrom and surrounding communities.
The department says that as of Feb. 19, it has reduced congestion by more than 40% in Austin and has reduced the time between trips by almost half.
But the department says congestion is still a problem, and it’s not just in Austin.
According to the department, congestion has increased on the westbound side of I-35, north of I10 in Austin’s north, and in the city of Plano.
Officials say the congestion has gotten so bad, that there have been some closures of roads.
In Austin, the congestion caused delays for more than 1,000 motorists.
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The department says it is encouraging motorists to use alternate routes and to slow down and consider alternatives.
Traffic problems on the eastbound side also increased, the department said.
Roads around Austin, which are in Texas’ third-largest city, have been closed in the past few days because of flooding and mudslides, but there is hope that the congestion will improve soon.
It has been a busy week for road construction in Austin with heavy rain in the forecast and several storms expected in the coming days.
On Tuesday, the Austin-Downtown Connector opened for business, but officials said it will be open only on the weekends.
“We’re getting some people who haven’t been able to get out to see the new bridge in the middle of the street because of the flooding,” said Michael Williams, a member of the City Council.
“It’s going to be a really busy weekend.
I mean, we’re going to have a lot of construction.”
On Friday, the City of Austin released the list of construction sites and work locations along the I-10 corridor.