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This page last updated February 1, 2024

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The I‑35 San Antonio-Austin Corridor connects a booming mega-region with an aggregate population of about 5 million people stretching 100 miles from South San Antonio to Georgetown. It is the busiest inter-metro Interstate in Texas, with traffic counts exceeding 100,000 vehicles per day. From south to north, the corridor traverses Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties, and passes through the cities of San Antonio, Live Oak, Selma, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Georgetown.

This page gives an overview of the 48 mile core section of the corridor between the San Antonio and Austin urbanized areas, or more specifically from FM 482 in Schertz to SH 45 near Buda. To continue south, see the I‑35 North page in the San Antonio Area Freeway section of this site.


Roadway details


There is a left-lane truck restriction in effect for the entire corridor from just inside Loop 1604 in Live Oak to north of Georgetown.

Frontage roads
Continuous frontage roads along the entire route with one small exception: At the Guadalupe River on southbound I‑35 in New Braunfels, traffic wishing to continue south on the frontage road must turn left onto Business 35, then make another left after crossing over the river.

Originally, the northbound frontage road did not continue over the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, nor were there frontage roads over the Blanco River in San Marcos, and there was a gap in the southbound frontage road between Kyle Crossing and Kyle Parkway as well as through downtown Kyle where Business 35 functioned as the frontage road. Frontage roads were added at all of those locations during expansion projects between 2000 and 2010.

Prior to 2000, all of the frontage roads between San Antonio and Austin were two-way with the exception of a 2.3 mile one-way section through San Marcos. Expansion projects since 2000 have converted all of the frontage roads in the corridor to one-way. The last section remaining two-way was between Conrads Rd./Kohlenberg Rd. north of New Braunfels and FM 1102/York Creek Rd. near the Comal/Hays county line. Work to convert that section to one-way was completed in 2023, the result of which is that all of the I‑35 frontage roads between the Medina River south of San Antonio all the way to Hillsboro are now one-way.

Speed limit
The speed limit is 70 mph along the entire stretch from Loop 1604 to SH 45.

Traffic management
In 2008, TxDOT installed Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) equipment throughout the corridor consisting of cameras, speed detectors, and dynamic message signs. This system connects to the TransGuide center in San Antonio and the CTECC center in Austin, thus providing real-time corridor traffic information to motorists in both cities.


Interstate 35 is the primary freeway tying the San Antonio-Austin region together and, as a consequence, is frequently overloaded on many sections. All counts in the corridor now exceed 100,000 vehicles per day.

In addition to local population and industrial growth, international trade has put an additional strain on the corridor as I‑35 connects the nation's busiest freight border crossings in Laredo to the Midwest, resulting in a high level of truck traffic in this corridor. Consequently, officials lobbied to have it designated as a "NAFTA Superhighway" to secure federal funding for various conventional and ITS improvements, and the entire corridor has been upgraded to a six and eight lane facility over the past two decades.

Future plans

Various frontage road, ramp, intersection, and operational improvement projects at several locations in and south of New Braunfels are in various stages of planning. More details on those projects here.

A statewide planning study for I‑35 in 2016 recommended several expansion projects in the corridor. However, no funding was ever allocated for those projects.

The I‑35 corridor has been mentioned as a possible location for a "hyperloop" transportation system, although not recently.

Current study
A new Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study of the corridor began in early 2024. It is intended to identify possible alternatives and projects to improve the I-35 corridor between the northern end of the I-35 NEX project in San Antonio and the southern end of the Capital Express project in Austin. For more information, see the Austin to San Antonio Link Study.

Commuter rail
Planning for a commuter rail line known as "Lone Star Rail" between San Antonio and Austin was suspended in 2016 after Union Pacific would not agree to allow the use of its rail line for the service, and the cost of building a new rail line — along with practical challenges in locating such a line — caused the sponsoring agencies to withdraw. However, there has been some talk recently about resurrecting the idea. In the meantime, a pilot project for a public interurban bus line is in the works. The proposed route would run from downtown Austin to the Randolph Park & Ride at the intersection of I‑35 and Loop 410 in northeast San Antonio.

State Highway 130

SH 130

In an effort to alleviate the growing traffic problems in the I‑35 corridor, a parallel tollway, SH 130, was built. For more information, see the the SH 130 page.