51st Street Roundabout at IH-35

Update  – Construction is complete.

Update as of May 12, 2018 – Westbound traffic will be closed between I-35 and Harmon Ave. Use Airport Blvd. From Tuesday, May 15 through Thursday, May 17. Closures are weather permitting and updated on Tuesday and Fridays via My35construction.org/51st-street

Update as of February 6, 2018 – Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, the southbound I-35 frontage road will close, and traffic will be detoured to the intersection bypass lane. Eastbound 51st Street will be closed at the southbound I-35 frontage road. Westbound 51st Street will be reduced to one lane, and drivers will be detoured to the southbound I-35 frontage road.


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At 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, drivers headed west on 51st Street will not be able to turn onto the southbound frontage road and will detour through the intersection to Airport Boulevard.


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At 5 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, one lane will open in the roundabout. Traffic signals will be removed, and officers will be on site to direct traffic through the new intersection. When complete, the roundabout will include two lanes.


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Road signs have been placed to alert drivers of the closure, and motorists should allow extra time to travel through this area. TxDOT asks that drivers be patient and remain aware when traveling through the work zone.

TxDOT appreciates your patience while these much-needed improvements are constructed. We know that construction projects can be disruptive, and we will do our best to be a good neighbor while the improvements are being implemented.

Visit My35construction.org/51st-street to learn more and to sign-up for updates

Update as of Jan 6, 2017 – Attaching latest updates on IH-35 and 51st Street construction.  NOTE: this project will be an agenda item for the RNA meeting on Jan 31st 2017.  Please come to the meeting for more details.  Details for meeting are on calendar page.

Click here to access a PDF of latest info about the project

Update as of October 14, 2016 – the contractor will begin construction on Monday, October 17th. They will begin the setup of work zone barricades and environmental control items before any major construction. We’ll update details and progress here.  Please visit links below for more info

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) currently has two separate efforts going on at the same time that will affect Ridgetop.  The first is called the I-35 Aesthetics Plan which plans to establish aesthetic guidelines for projects that may be constructed in the future on I-35 between Rundberg and Woodland. More details on this larger project are toward the bottom of this page.

The 2nd project which affects Ridgetop more is the approved roundabout at 51st Street and the southbound frontage road of I-35.  This roundabout has been discussed between TxDOT and Ridgetop since 2013 but has been delayed for various reasons including funding.  The Ridgetop VP reported in the Dec 2015 meeting that the project is now funded and moving forward to start in Summer 2016 and be completed in Fall 2016 as part of the larger aesthetic project.

Recently, Meredith B (Ridgetop VP) attended was a one-time meeting to get local neighborhood input to feed into the final design for the visual aspects for this roundabout project as part of the overall Aesthetic Plan.  Specific details on the 51st Street project website updates are here.  The 51st project includes the following:

  • Realigned southbound frontage road
  • New southbound collector-distributor road (feeds traffic under 51st rather than through it)
  • New roundabout at 51st St. and the southbound frontage road
  • Revised ramp configuration on the southbound frontage road
  • Improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Click here for a schematic of 51st Roundabout

Please direct all questions to Kelli Reyna: Kelli.Reyna@txdot.gov

More on Aesthetics Plan for I-35

Recently, Meredith B (Ridgetop VP) attended was a one-time meeting to get local neighborhood input to feed into the final design for the visual aspects in the overall Aesthetic Plan.

Also, TxDOT wants to hear your ideas on this aesthetics project.  Take this short survey to share your thoughts. The last major improvement to I-35 in this area was in 1974, so what we build today could influence the look and feel of this corridor for decades to come. The visual elements that could be influenced include things like hardscape, landscape, retaining walls, lighting, railings, etc. TxDOT wants to design these structures to be as visually pleasing as possible, while prioritizing safety and mobility for all users. The survey will be available through Jan. 15, 2016.

Please direct all questions to Kelli Reyna: Kelli.Reyna@txdot.gov

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