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Icy roads lead to 21 car crashes, road closures
(TxDOT)

The intense winter weather has hardly begun and already, Austin is seeing the effects.

City officials are urging people to stay off the roads as ice threatens safety conditions. Since Saturday morning, there have been 21 incidents due to ice on the roads.


Mostly occurring on highways and frontage roads, including I-35, SH-35, US 183 and Loop 1, The Texas Department of Transportation describes all of the incidents as minor on the website. However, TxDOT is still urging people to only travel if necessary.



Road conditions are icy across the entire state and in Austin, most major roadways have been deemed unsafe to drive on.

(TxDOT)

To view an updated map of icy roads, click here.

Lane closures are scheduled starting today through Friday, to avoid further damage and wrecks due to the winter freeze. The following roads are currently scheduled to be closed, but are subject to change; click here to view an updated list.

  • Southbound to northbound I-35 U-turn closed continuously at US 183
    • Through Friday, Feb. 19
  • Northbound I-35 frontage road left lane closed from Teri Road to St. Elmo Road
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Northbound I-35 reduced to one lane from Slaughter Lane to William Cannon Drive
    • Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Southbound I-35 frontage road left lane closed from Chaparral Road to Boggy Creek Drive. The Onion Creek Parkway exit (#225) will also be closed.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Southbound I-35 right lane closed from SH 71/Ben White Boulevard to Stassney Lane
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Northbound I-35 reduced to one lane from Stassney Lane to SH 71/Ben White Boulevard
    • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
  • Southbound I-35 right lane closed from Chaparral Road to Slaughter Lane
    • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Austin is set to receive cold, icy conditions for the rest of the week. To view a current forecast, click here.

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