October 2014 Mueller Update

Written by Rick Krivoniak

At September’s Mueller Commission meeting, TXDOT’s consultants presented an update on Mobility35, the proposed improvements to I-35. Windsor Park will retain access from the northbound upper deck of I-35 via an exit just before Airport Boulevard that will not go to Airport, but rather cross over it and join the frontage road, leading to Barbara Jordan Boulevard and the upcoming 53rd Street connection to Cameron Road. However, from the lower level of I-35, there will be a new exit just north of 32nd Street taking drivers to the 38th Street signal. You’ll have to remain on the frontage road from that point northward, going through signals at 38th 1/2 and at the Hancock Center underpass to get to Barbara Jordan and 53rd, and as above, Reinli, Clayton or 290.

On the southbound frontage side of I-35 and depending on funding, one of the first Mobility35 projects is expected to be the swapping of the entrance and exit ramps immediately south of 51st, moving the entry north to allow easier lane crossing to get to Airport Blvd., and the entry will now be further south, but before Airport. The collector-distributor street is also a part of that project, allowing the frontage road traffic to continue under the 51st Street bridge miss the current signal at 51st, which will eventually be replaced by a roundabout. Please visit Mobility35.org to learn more.

Janine Sisak, a Senior Vice-President with DMA Development, made a presentation at t September’s Mueller Commission meeting as well, and will offer a brief update at October’s WPNA meeting regarding their planned “workforce” affordable housing project. Once sited within Mueller at the southwestern corner of Barbara Jordan Blvd. and Berkman, the project is not looking to locate just east of the AISD Performing Arts Center, between 51st and Barbara Jordan. The project is geared to those employed or having a steady source of income but having difficulty in finding affordable housing in the area, and will consist of primarily one- and two-bedroom units. The project’s north facade will comply with the 51st Street Vision Plan development guidelines, and there will be a retail component at the ground floor.

The next RMMAPIAC (Mueller Commission) meeting is Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street. Please send Mueller-related questions & comments to

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