Austin group against I-35 expansion wants to maintain momentum in 2023

Austin (KXAN) — At their most recent meeting, members of Rethink35 spoke about their efforts in 2022 to resist TXDOT’s I-35 expansion plans. One of the leaders of the group said that increased public awareness efforts helped to spread the group’s mission. He plans to continue these efforts in 2023.

Rethink35 chief executive Adam Greenfield said the group will continue its campaign against the main road expansion with funds that proved successful last year.

Those activities include going door-to-door in areas that will be affected by the expanding project, which Greenfield said could begin as early as next year.

“We’re going to talk to every neighborhood association, every business we can, and we’re really going to see a lot more movement in City Hall,” Greenfield said.

Greenfield said increased support from Austin City Council members like Natasha Harper-Madison, who was scheduled to appear at the group’s Saturday night meeting, could help activists stop the project.

“This is a big complex project. This is a state level project. This is a scary project. But local communities are rising and rising. We’re committed to doing it here in Austin, we just need to stay on course,” Greenfield said.

TXDOT is currently preparing to hear public feedback on its proposed expansion project. Check out these plans before the public meeting here.

This public meeting is scheduled for 5-7 pm February 9, 2023 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in Austin.

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