Last updated 7-August-2002
5 level stack at I35 and TX-71/US-290 (Ben White Blvd), south side of Austin
Also see: 2000 and 2001 construction views
This intersection is the worst traffic disaster in Austin. The 290/71 freeway ends about 0.5 mile to the west of the interchange, dumping all the traffic into this substandard intersection with a traffic light. But relief is on the way. The 5 level stack is under construction. Texas 71 will be depressed below grade, and the feeders will be at grade. US 290 will follow its route northward on IH-35. This phase of the project includes 4 direct connectors.
See 2000 and 2001 construction views, including some great views from 26-August-2001.
July and August 2002
On July 13, 2002, the original IH-35 overpass over 71/Ben White was demolished. No tears were shed. Traffic was diverted to a new modern structure adjacent to the old structures.
Removal of the bridge structure on July 13, 2002.
The location of the old IH-35 bridge structure, looking south. Bring on the new, modern bridge! 3-August-2002.
(click for high resolution) Looking westward across the construction zone, from the east side of IH-35. Excavation of the trench for the Texas 71 main lanes is now underway on the east side of IH-35. The trench on the west side of IH-35 has been complete for some time. 3-August-2002.
(click for high resolution) Looking westward along the construction zone from a point further east. 3-August-2002.
(click for high resolution) Looking north along IH-35. One of the connection ramps (SB IH-35 to EB 71) has most of its structural steel in place. 3-August-2002.
This view shows the excavation of the trench where the Texas 71 main lanes will be constructed. 3-August-2002.
Another view of the Texas 71 main lane trench. 3-August-2002.
Looking north along IH-35 on the east side of IH-35.
Looking north along IH-35 on the east side of IH-35. A slightly different angle than the above image.
Looking north at the connector ramp. Ben White Blvd is in the foreground.
Looking west along the 71/290 (Ben White Blvd.) main lane construction zone.
Looking west. The roadway at the right side is the future 71/290 westbound feeder.
A closer look a the trench where the 71 (Ben White Blvd) main lanes are being constructed.
Looking towards the northwest. The existing 71/290 is shown in this photo. You do not want to be at this intersection during rush hour.
Looking towards the northwest from the east side of the interchange.