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NEW U-TURNS TO OPEN BETWEEN MONTOPOLIS DRIVE AND SH 71

Vargas Road U-turns and Thompson Lane Crossing to Close Permanently

Please be advised of upcoming changes to US 183 between Montopolis Drive and SH 71. Beginning as early as January 8, 2020,* new U-turns at Montopolis Drive and south of Patton Avenie near SH 71 will open. At the same time the current U-turns at Vargas Road close and the crossing at Thompson Lane will be eliminated, with the Thompson Lane traffic signal removed. In addition, the Vargas Road intersection at US 183 will reopen and access to Hergotz Lane will be restored. The changes will have different impacts depending on which direction drivers are heading.

Northbound US 183:

  • The right lane of northbound US 183 will become “right turn only” at Thompson Lane. Drivers wishing to continue north on US 183 should stay in the center or left lane.
  • Drivers going northbound will no longer be able to use the Vargas Road U-turn to reach southbound US 183. Instead, they will shift to the right lane north of Thompson Lane, continue north to Montopolis Drive and use the new U-turn there.
    • Under the new configuration, the center and left of US 183 will become through lanes. To continue north on US 183, drivers should keep left.
    • Northbound drivers will not be able to access Montopolis Drive and should continue north on US 183 and U-turn near Smith Road to access southbound US 183 and reach Montopolis Drive.
    • The existing crosswalk at Thompson Lane will be eliminated. Pedestrians will be able to use a new signalized crosswalk at Montopolis Drive to cross over US 183.
  • Access to and from Hergotz Lane will be restored.
    • Northbound drivers should get into the right lane north of Thompson lane for access to Hergotz Lane.
    • Drivers exiting Hergotz Lane onto US 183 will only be able to access southbound US 183 using the U-turn at Montopolis Drive.
    • Drivers exiting Hergotz Lane and wishing to head north on US 183 will utilize the U-turn at Montopolis Drive to access southbound US 183, continue south on US 183, then utilize the U-turn south of Patton Avenue near SH 71 to access northbound US 183.
  • The traffic signal at Thompson Lane will be removed. Drivers exiting Thompson Lane onto northbound US 183 will have a dedicated acceleration lane. They should shift to the center or left lane if they wish to continue north on US 183 or keep right and use the Montopolis Drive U-Turn if they wish to access southbound US 183.

Southbound US 183:

  • Drivers going southbound will no longer be able to use the U-turn at Vargas Road to reach northbound US 183. They will also not be able to use the left turn at Thompson Lane to reach northbound US 183 or Thompson Lane. Instead, they will use a new U-turn located south of Patton Avenue near SH 71.
    • After using the U-turn near SH 71 and entering northbound US 183, drivers wishing to reach Thompson Lane should get over to the right lane, which will be a dedicated “right turn only” for Thompson Lane. Drivers wishing to continue on northbound US 183 should stay in the left or center lane.
  • Access to and from Vargas Road will be restored.
    • Drivers heading south on US 183 will be able to turn on Vargas Road.
    • Drivers on Montopolis Drive or Vargas Road will be able to access southbound US 183.
    • Drivers on Montopolis Drive or Vargas Road who wish to access northbound US 183 should turn right onto southbound US 183 and use the new U-turn located south of Patton Avenue near SH 71 to reach northbound US 183.

*Dates are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances. 

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BOLM ROAD U-TURNS TO BE RELOCATED

Please be advised of upcoming changes to US 183 between the Colorado River and Boggy Creek. Beginning as early as December 22, 2019,* the U-turns at Bolm Road will be closed and traffic detoured to U-turns located at Levander Loop and Smith Road. With removal of the Bolm Road U-turns, the signal on southbound US 183 will no longer be active and drivers will not have to stop. The relocation of the U-turns will allow the contractor to finish construction of the future 183 Toll Road in the area around Bolm Road.

 

Northbound to Southbound U-turn: Drivers on northbound US 183 wishing to access southbound US 183 or downtown Austin will continue north past Bolm Road and utilize the U-turn located near Smith Road. Drivers using the U-turn will not have to stop or yield when they enter southbound US 183 as they will have a dedicated lane. The new configuration will allow plenty of space for drivers to gain speed and change lanes, if necessary, prior to the southbound exit for downtown streets like Airport Boulevard. The relocation of the U-turn and removal of the traffic signal at Bolm Road is expected to reduce southbound traffic delays in the area.

 

Southbound to Northbound U-turn: Drivers on southbound US 183 wishing to access northbound US 183 will continue past Bolm Road, keep right, exit US 183 and follow the signs for northbound US 183 via Levander Loop. After exiting southbound US 183, drivers will keep left to enter the Levander Loop U-turn. In conjunction with the changes, the Levander Loop U-turn will be restriped to give drivers entering northbound US 183 their own lane. This change will allow for the existing stop sign at Levander Loop and northbound US 183 to be removed. The changes are expected to improve traffic flow for drivers using the Levander Loop U-turn.

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*Dates are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.

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HISTORIC MONTOPOLIS STEEL TRUSS BRIDGE PERMANENTLY CLOSED

The Montopolis steel truss bridge is permanently closed to vehicular traffic as of Monday, Oct. 8. 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