MoPac Diverging Diamond Interchange
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as lead designer for MoPac Expressway improvements at Slaughter Lane in southwest Austin. The project includes the first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in the city.
DDIs are designed to move large volumes of left-turn traffic through intersections by reducing the number of traffic signal intervals, thereby reducing wait time for traffic making a left turn.
The improvements will include retaining walls at the bridges, a storm sewer system, traffic signals and new pavement, striping and signing throughout the project limits. The MoPac/ Slaughter DDI will be illuminated and traffic signals will be interconnected with other Slaughter signals nearby to move traffic efficiently. TxDOT and the City of Austin are working together to provide connectivity on a local hike and bike shared use path. Additionally, the DDI will provide bike lanes and ADA compatible pedestrian facilities.
To protect the environmentally sensitive Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, the project team will incorporate both temporary and permanent erosion control and water quality measures into the design. During construction, sediment control fencing, construction exits, rock filter dams, inlet filters and other methods will be incorporated. Once constructed, the project will include permanent water quality features such as water quality basins, hazardous material traps and permanent vegetative filter strips.
The approximately $35 million project is expected to be designed by the fall of 2015 and will be ready to go to construction once funding becomes available.
At a glance
650 cars per lane per hour: traffic throughput for a DDI
325 cars per lane per hour: traffic throughput for a diamond intersection
Part of larger $45 million project
Summer 2015: design completion date
First DDI LAN has designed
First DDI in City of Austin
Intelligent traffic systems
Ten foot shared use path for bicycles & pedestrians
Overhead guide signs
Water quality ponds
Hazardous materials traps
Planning & Modeling
"The proposed improvements at these two intersections will significantly reduce delays that the traveling public currently experience along and across Mopac. We are confident that LAN shares our commitment to quality and are extremely excited to have Bob Austin, PE and the LAN team working as our partners in designing and delivering this project."
was the year the first DDI opened in the USA