SOUTHBOUND US 183 BEING REDUCED TO ONE LANE
BETWEEN MANOR ROAD AND LOYOLA LANE
Tolls Temporarily Waived on 183 Toll Road at MLK Blvd/FM 969 Exit
Beginning as early as the evening of Sunday, November 22, 2020* and lasting approximately five months, the southbound US 183 non-tolled general-purpose lanes between Manor Road and Loyola Lane will be reduced to one lane. The closure is necessary to make concrete pavement repairs in the area. To minimize the inconvenience to drivers during the closure, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will be temporarily allowing southbound US 183 drivers to enter the 183 Toll Road at Manor Road and to use the MLK Blvd/FM 969 exit without paying a toll. Normal tolls will be charged to drivers who continue south on the 183 Toll Road past the exit signed for MLK Blvd/FM 969.
MONTOPOLIS DRIVE BRIDGE OVER US 183 TO OPEN
Beginning as early as the evening of Saturday, November 14, 2020*, a number of traffic changes will be implemented impacting travel on northbound US 183 between SH 71 and Montopolis Drive. The following changes are anticipated to be in place as early as the morning of Sunday, November 15, 2020.
First, the exit ramp from westbound SH 71 to northbound US 183 will be shifted to its final alignment with northbound US 183. This will eliminate direct access to Jet Lane and Patton Avenue while removing a portion of traffic from the old northbound frontage road. It will also lead to the permanent removal of the dedicated acceleration and deceleration lane at Thompson Lane. A permanent stop sign will be installed for drivers entering northbound US 183 from Thompson Lane. Drivers on northbound US 183 wishing to access Thompson Lane will utilize the exit signed for Thompson Lane and northbound US 183, merge over to the right lane and turn right onto Thompson Lane. Drivers on the old northbound US 183 frontage road coming from Patton Avenue or Old Bastrop Highway should be prepared to stop and yield to traffic exiting to Thompson Lane.
To accommodate this change, Thompson Lane at the intersection of northbound US 183 will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday, November 14, through Sunday morning, November 15. Detour routes will be posted during the closure. Residents in the neighborhood will be able to access northbound US 183 via Hergotz Lane. Drivers of large trucks will be required to detour via Dalton Lane and Old Bastrop Highway. Once the permanent stop sign is installed at Thompson Lane, truck drivers should consider using Dalton Lane and Old Bastrop Highway as an easier and less congested route to northbound US 183.
Lastly, the Montopolis Drive bridge over the future 183 Toll Road connecting Montopolis Drive directly to northbound US 183 will open to traffic on Sunday morning, November 15. With the opening, northbound US 183 drivers will be able to access westbound Montopolis Drive and eastbound Montopolis Drive drivers will be able to access northbound US 183 and downtown Austin. The opening of the Montopolis Drive bridge over the future 183 Toll Road will require the traffic signal on northbound US 183 at Montopolis Drive to be fully activated. Drivers on northbound US 183 should be prepared to stop when the signal cycles to red.
FUTURE TOLL LANES TO OPEN ON SOUTHBOUND US 183
Through Traffic to Temporarily Use New Lanes
Beginning as early as Sunday, October 25, 2020*, southbound drivers on US 183 will be temporarily directed onto the future 183 Toll Road from south of Bolm Road to SH 71. Tolls will not be charged on the southbound toll lanes south of Bolm Road during this next phase of construction.
Drivers will be able to access the newly opened lanes without paying a toll if they enter just before Bolm Road, at the Colorado River, or just south of Vargas Road. Drivers will need to enter the new lanes if they wish to continue south on US 183 past SH 71 or if they want to exit to SH 71 and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Southbound drivers wishing to access Montopolis Drive, any destinations located on the southbound US 183 general-purpose lanes between the Colorado River and Patton Avenue, or the south-to-north U-turn at Patton Avenue should stay on the US 183 general-purpose lanes and not enter the newly opened toll road lanes.
The southbound US 183 general-purpose lanes will be temporarily reduced to one lane just south of Vargas Road. In the coming weeks, businesses between the East Vue Apartments and 650 Bastrop Highway will be accessed via a temporary road located just south of Vargas Road.
In addition, the existing southbound US 183 general-purpose lanes south of Patton Avenue will be permanently closed in accordance with the final project design. Drivers exiting businesses south of East Vue Apartments will now use the south-to-north U-turn at Patton Avenue to access the northbound US 183 general-purpose lanes and can make a U-turn at Montopolis Drive if they wish to head south on US 183.
US 183 TO EASTBOUND SH 71 EXIT UPDATES
Airport Impacts Expected
Beginning as early as Saturday, October 3, 2020*, the northbound US 183 exit to eastbound SH 71 towards Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will reopen. The ramp will be striped in its final configuration, including a dedicated right turn, and deceleration lane into the Parking Spot.
The following day, the southbound US 183 left exit to eastbound SH 71 will move north to a temporary exit located south of Vargas Road. Drivers on southbound US 183 should stay left after passing Montopolis Drive to access the temporary exit. Drivers entering US 183 south of the temporary exit, or those who miss the exit, should continue on southbound US 183, take the exit on the right towards westbound SH 71, then use the U-turn at Riverside Drive to access eastbound SH 71.
NEW SECTION OF 183 TOLL ROAD TO OPEN
Beginning as early as Saturday, September 19, 2020,* the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority will open an additional section of the 183 Toll Road between Techni Center Drive and Bolm Road. The new section will bring the total length of the 183 Toll Road to more than 4 miles. Drivers will be able to use the new section without incurring any additional tolls.
Under the new configuration, drivers heading north will pay a toll if they do not keep right and use the US 183 “Last Free Exit”, located just north of the Colorado River near Bolm Road.
Initially, all northbound drivers wishing to access Techni Center Drive, FM 969 (MLK Jr. Blvd), and Loyola Lane should use the US 183 “Last Free Exit” to reach those routes. However, by the end of September a new northbound exit ramp on the toll road will open for access to FM 969 (MLK Jr. Blvd) and Loyola Lane. The toll at that new ramp will be $0.89 via a prepaid toll account like TxTag or a $1.34 for those who choose to Pay By Mail.
After the new section of toll road opens, southbound drivers who enter the 183 Toll Road will be able to travel an extra 1.3 miles farther south at no additional cost and will merge with the non-tolled US 183 general-purpose lanes near Smith Road.
NORTHBOUND US 183 EXIT TO AIRPORT BLVD., 5TH, 7TH, AND CESAR CHAVEZ STREETS TO REOPEN
Airport Blvd. Access to Northbound US 183 Re-established
Beginning as early as Sunday, September 13, 2020,* traffic on northbound US 183 will be temporarily detoured onto the future northbound 183 Toll Road between Thompson Lane and Bolm Road. Tolls will be waived on this section of the 183 Toll Road while the detour is in place.
At the same time, the new northbound US 183 general-purpose lane bridge over the Colorado River will open, re-establishing the downtown exits to Airport Blvd., 5th Street, 7th Street, and Cesar Chavez Street. With the reopening of the downtown exits, the temporary detour and turnaround at Smith Road will be eliminated. During this phase of construction, if a driver misses the exit to downtown they will need to use the turnaround at FM 969 (MLK Jr. Blvd) to get to Airport Boulevard and the other downtown streets.
In addition, traffic on Airport Boulevard will again be able to access northbound US 183, Austin Public Health and the Austin Animal Center via two-way traffic on Levander Loop.
How to Access the Downtown Exits from Northbound US 183
Drivers wishing to access Airport Boulevard, 5th Street, 7th Street, and Cesar Chavez Street should follow the detour onto the 183 Toll Road, keep right and exit to the right underneath the the Montopolis Drive overpass and before the bridge over the Colorado River. After exiting onto the northbound US 183 general-purpose lanes and crossing the Colorado River, drivers will follow overhead signs, taking a right at the fork to continue to Airport Blvd. or taking a left at the fork to access Cesar Chavez Street, 5th Street, or 7th Street.
Northbound drivers who exit onto the US 183 general-purpose lanes immediately north of Thompson Lane, who leave businesses located off the general-purpose lanes north of Thompson Lane or who head north from Hergotz Lane will be able to cross the Colorado River via the new northbound general-purpose lane bridge and then connect to the downtown exits via the left lane, or continue northbound on US 183 via the right lane.
How to Access Northbound US 183 from Airport Blvd.
Drivers wishing to access northbound US 183 from southbound Airport Boulevard should turn left at the newly installed signal located at Levander Loop.
US 183 TRAFFIC SHIFT PLANNED FOR MAY 2020
Impacts to Northbound and Southbound Travel Between Thompson Lane and Smith Road
Beginning as early as May 17, 2020,* there will be a traffic shift on US 183 between Thompson Lane and Smith Road to allow for construction of new tolled and non-tolled lanes in the area. The shift will impact both northbound and southbound travel. Drivers are urged to exercise caution while traveling, as signage and lane movements will be different and access to some businesses will be different. These changes will be in place for several months.
Impacts to Southbound Travel: The southbound travel lanes will temporarily shift onto the future southbound toll road from Smith Road to the Colorado River, with the following impacts:
- Drivers wishing to reach Airport Boulevard, 7th Street, 5th Street, Cesar Chavez Street and Levander Loop will use a new temporary right hand exit just south of Bolm Road
- Eastgate Road and Bolm Road will be closed at US 183
- Access to the Johnston Terrace neighborhood will be via Thurgood Avenue, Smith Road, Interchange Boulevard or Gardner Road o Smith Road will remain open for local business access (more info)
- Drivers wishing to access Bolm Road can use Smith Road, Interchange Boulevard or Gardner Road
- Drivers who use the south-to-north US 183 U-turn at Levander Loop will not be able to access the temporary north-to-south US 183 U-turn at Smith Road. To access southbound US 183 from that point, continue northbound to FM 969 (MLK Jr. Blvd.) and use the U-turn at the intersection.
Impacts to Northbound Travel: The northbound travel lanes will temporarily shift onto the future toll road near Thompson Lane and rejoin the exisiting lanes near Smith Road, with the following impacts:
- Drivers wishing to access Hergotz Lane and the north to south US 183 U-turn at Montopolis Drive should exit to the right just past Thompson Lane
- Drivers wishing to access the Guajardo Tire Shop or Montopolis Supply Co. should also use the Hergotz Lane/Montopolis Drive exit
- Drivers headed to Austin Plant Supply or Hatchet Alley should use the Callahan’s General Store driveway just past Thompson Lane
- Drivers headed to Austin Water Facility, Contractors Asphalt, Texas Concrete, Texas Materials, or Waste Water Transport Services should use the north-to-south U-turn at Smith Road, keep right to exit towards Levander Loop, then stay left to use the south-to-north U-turn at Levander Loop.
WESTBOUND SH 71 EXIT TO E. RIVERSIDE DRIVE TO CLOSE
Detour via Montopolis Drive
Beginning as early as May 10, 2020,* the exit for East Riverside Drive from westbound SH 71 will be closed for several months. The closure will occur in combination with a temporary realignment of westbound SH 71 that will allow for safe construction of a flyover ramp between the 183 South project and SH 71 near Riverside Drive. The westbound SH 71 exit to southbound US 183 has been closed and will remain closed during this next phase of construction. Various detour options will be available for drivers wishing to access southbound US 183 or East Riverside Drive:
- Heading west on SH 71, continue past the exit to East Riverside Drive; keep right and exit to Montopolis Drive
- Keep right and follow the SH 71 frontage road to Montopolis Drive
- Turn right onto Montopolis Drive
- Take Montopolis Drive to East Riverside Drive
- Heading west on SH 71, continue past the exit to East Riverside Drive; keep right and exit to Montopolis Drive
- Stay on the SH 71 frontage road, keep left and use the U-turn at Montopolis Drive to access the eastbound SH 71 frontage road
- Take the eastbound SH 71 frontage road to East Riverside Drive
HISTORIC MONTOPOLIS STEEL TRUSS BRIDGE PERMANENTLY CLOSED
The Montopolis steel truss bridge is permanently closed to vehicular traffic as of Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Traffic coming from Cesar Chavez Street has been shifted onto a new bridge to access US 183 southbound above the Colorado River. The bridge will remain open for bicycle and pedestrian use. DOWNLOAD ALERT