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Kirk Watson

  • Opposes I-35 expansion: NO
  • Supports study of alternatives: NO

“I support where TxDOT is headed with regard to I-35… Whether you like cars or not, people are driving cars and this would make that road operate better.”

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"I support where TxDOT is headed with regard to I-35. There may be better designs that I would prefer but we won’t be able to get. We care about people until they move out of the city and then we don’t care about how we get them into the city. I-35 would play a role in that. But for Project Connect, I-35 would be the largest transit program in the region because of the additional managed lanes. Whether you like cars or not, people are driving cars and this would make that road operate better. I-35 is a monument to racism and if you can lower that road to grade and make it where you have stitching where you connect east and west and the ability to cap it would completely change that racist road and it would become an asset to the city. You’ve got to keep that road operating as a functional road or you’re going to swamp east Austin with cars.”

- Edit of spoken remarks made at 9/16 AURA virtual Mayoral forum