(Episode 2) I-35 is more than a road. It’s been sculpting Austin’s housing scene for more than 60 years, encouraging endless sprawl and making gridlock a lifestyle. Take a drive with us through the highway’s history.
Communities seeking to mitigate the effects of the I-35 widening find most of the city’s resources are targeted at downtown Austin. KUT’s Nathan Bernier has the story.
You’ll find no signs for now — but that doesn’t mean you can drive as fast as you want.
Interstate Highway 35 is many things to many people. It is a vital thoroughfare for commerce and shipping. It is also an economic and social barrier through much of Austin. And nearly from its construction, it has been a source of frustration for drivers stuck in its traffic. I-35 has inspired a number of questions and even legends about its design and those who made it.