Central Austin May 2019 Transportation Updates

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1.183 South project

This project includes the addition of a three-lane tolled expressway in each direction and improvements to the non-tolled lanes. Workers are laying concrete for the new A. 183 toll lanes and finishing a bridge over the 183 toll road at Loyola Lane. The first section of the 183 toll road from Hwy. 290 to near Techni Center Drive will open later this year.
B. Farther south, major traffic shifts will occur this summer around the Colorado River, as the new non-tolled southbound lanes open between Bolm Road and Thompson Lane.
Timeline: 2016-20
Cost: $743 million
Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority toll revenue bonds, federal loans, Texas Department of Transportation loans

2.New MetroRapid stations

Due to increased ridership and frequency of service, Capital Metro is adding eight new pairs of bus stations along two MetroRapid routes: A. Route 801, which runs on North Lamar Boulevard to Guadalupe Street to South Congress Avenue, and B. Route 803, which runs on Burnet Road to Guadalupe Street to South Lamar Boulevard. By late April, 15 of the 16 new stations had been completed.
Timeline: summer 2018-June
Cost: $1.7 million
Funding source: Capital Metro

3.Guadalupe corridor improvements

The city of Austin and Capital Metro are collaborating to improve traffic flow around the Lavaca Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersections. Construction began in May to establish new bus routes. Buses traveling north on Lavaca will turn left on 18th Street rather than at Martin Luther King. Guadalupe Street is one-way traveling south, so buses will then use a separated contraflow lane to pass north through the intersection with Martin Luther King using a bus-only signal.
Timeline: May-September
Cost: $1.25 million
Funding source: 2016 city of Austin mobility bond

4.Sabine Street promenade

This project is intended to make the area more accessible to bikers and pedestrians and includes sidewalk widening; installation of two-way bike lanes, benches and traffic signals; and improvements to water lines, storm drains and wastewater piping. The city’s contractor finished work on the east side of the 500 block of Sabine Street in mid-May before moving to the west side. Additionally, the contractor is preparing to begin concrete paving for the 500 block.
Timeline: spring 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $2.8 million
Funding sources: 2010 and 2012 city of Austin mobility bonds

5. I-35 improvements at Oltorf Street

This project involves new exit and entrance ramps in the area to allow vehicles to have longer distances to merge off and on the main traffic lanes. In mid-May, TxDOT opened the new permanent southbound I-35 entrance ramp between Oltorf and Woodward streets. Construction of the shared-use path and reconstruction of driveways will continue along the southbound frontage road over the next several weeks.
Timeline: February 2017-mid-2019
Cost: $42.6 million
Funding source: TxDOT

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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