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Traffic planners seeking ideas for improving I-35

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Michael Spillers commutes on Interstate-35 everyday, and he believes he has an idea on how to improve traffic flow.

He thinks trucks should be allowed to take the 130 toll, free of charge.

"The whole point of the toll way is to get people that are driving through to drive trough somewhere else," he said.

Traffic planners want to hear ideas like Spillers' so they can identify effective ways to improve mobility and connectivity. They heard from members of the public during a Thursday meeting.

Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson says 70 percent of her city's commuters head north.

"Their commute is always a big headache and I want to make sure we're doing everything in the region we can to improve their situation," she said.

Gary Schatz is the Assistant Director of the Austin Transportation Department. He says making small improvements could add up to big time savings.

"That could create the opportunity for the addition of a pair of express lanes in the middle of I-35," Schatz said.

Mayor Johnson say I-35 is just one piece of the large transportation puzzle. She says addition projects like State Highway 45 Southwest and commuter rail would also help keep people moving.

You can share your ideas with planners at Mobility35.org.

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