Cherrywood Hosts Discussion on TxDOT Proposal for I-35 Exit Ramp Changes at E. 38 1/2 St.

For those that could not make it to the November 19 TxDOT presentation and subsequent neighbor’s discussion held at Servant Church, following is a brief on the matter.

To accommodate more traffic on I35 TxDOT is proposing to add two new traffic lanes, one northbound and one southbound, to the lower deck. To make room to build these “Future Transit Corridors” the existing slanted retaining walls between the access roads and main lanes of I35 would be removed then rebuilt to be made vertical and all of the current exit and entrance ramps would be eliminated. Then new and fewer ramps would be built through Segment 4 (all of Cherrywood’s west boundary borders Segment 4).

The main purpose of the meeting was to take the pulse of the neighborhood on TxDOT’s proposal regarding one new exit ramp in particular that would impact Cherrywood residents. That is “The 38 1/2 St Exit.”

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TxDOT presented an overview of the “preliminary plan, subject to change” for Segment 4, followed by Q&A between residents and TxDOT. Then the residents, without TxDOT present, discussed the ramp issue. The proposed new 38 1/2 Street Exit Ramp is a ramp exiting the northbound lower level of I35 at roughly Edgewood. To realize this TxDOT says the northbound access road from roughly 32nd St north to 38 1/2 street would be moved further east into Cherrywood (see 38 1/2 St Exit Ramp jpg attached). As a result some Cherrywood properties would be taken to make room for moving the access road eastward.

Some residents present expressed concern about the impact of ramp to adjacent properties and to increased traffic on 38 1/2 St. Others supported the idea of the ramp saying “the more ramps the better.” A straw vote following the presentation was inconclusive, with a slight majority in favor of not building the ramp while many abstained from voting at that time.

See TxDOT’s full presentation here. You be the judge.

38 1_2 St Exit


Jules Kniolek

About Jules Kniolek

Currently funding life as a residential design-builder having done projects in and around Austin, Honduras and Greece. Previous method of sustainment was high tech chip design engineer and manager. I like to walk or ride my Harley to the book store to pick up a good read. Or outside of town to meditate by a creek. Or to a local club or historic dancehall to two-step or swing dance (throw in some lindy-hop and a zydeco here and there).

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