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5 level stack at I35 and US71/US290 (Ben White Blvd), south side of Austin
Construction views from 2000 and 2001

Last updated 26-August-2001

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290/71 IH-35 interchange
(high resolution 155k) Looking northeast, with storm clouds brewing over the construction zone. And yes, we actually received some desperately needed rain in Austin, more than 2 inches in many places. Great, great news for dessicated Austin.

290/71 IH-35 interchange
(high resolution 271k) Looking east, with the trench for the 71 main lanes at left.

290/71 IH-35 interchange
(high resolution 137k) Looking southeast, with the IH-35 main lanes in the foreground and connector ramps under construction in the background.

January 2001 - Substantial Progress on Excavation

290-I35 interchange
Excavation on the west side of IH-35 for the SH71 main lanes, which will be depressed below grade. This view looks west. Photo taken January 20, 2001.

290-I35 interchange
Excavation on the east side of IH-35 for the SH71 main lanes. This view looks north. The piers in the foreground are for the widened IH-35 northbound main lanes. The bridge abutment for the northbound at-grade feeder road can be seen on the right. In the background are piers for the direct connector ramps. Photo taken January 20, 2001.

290-I35 interchange
This view shows the existing SH71/US290 main lanes on the west side of the interchange. Piers for a direct connecter rise beside the road. This view looks towards the northwest. Photo taken January 20, 2001.

June 2000: Work is just getting underway
290-I35 interchange
In August 2000, construction was in its early stages. The existing I-35 overpass can be seen in the background.

290-I35 interchange
In June 2000, the existing I35 bridge over 71/290. The existing bridge is a first-generation TxDOT design, dating from the 1950's.
Bring on the wrecking ball to tear it down!

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