Five transportation updates to know in Central Austin


1. West Allandale water improvements

This project will replace about 7,900 feet of water lines as well as 6,400 feet of wastewater lines in an area where Austin Water says breaks occur frequently. Austin Water says some lanes will be closed during construction, but entire street closures will not be necessary. In addition to the Allandale improvements, a section of water line will be replaced on Trailridge Drive on the other side of MoPac from the rest of the work area.
Timeline: August 2019-early 2021
Cost: $5 million
Funding source: Austin Water

2. I-35 construction from Rundberg Lane to US 290 East

The Texas Department of Transportation demolished the bridge crossing I-35 on St. Johns Avenue in late May and early June, and workers are reconstructing the bridge. Weather permitting, TxDOT officials expect the new bridge to open to traffic in late summer. The bridge demolition is part of a larger TxDOT project in the Rundberg Lane to US-290 East area that includes road reconstruction and the addition of three new flyovers at US 183.
Timeline: 2018-21
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

3. 183 South project

The largest ongoing project in the area will add a three-lane tolled expressway and improvements to the nontolled lanes on US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The first phase of the project, which includes the section between US 290 and Techni Center Drive, is expected to finish this summer. Meanwhile, significant work continues in the area of the US 183 bridge over the Colorado River, which is scheduled to be demolished in late June or early July. When that bridge is rebuilt, temporary detours in the area will lead to travel delays.
Timeline: 2016-20
Cost: $743 million
Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority toll revenue bonds, federal loans, TxDOT loans

4. Manor Road protected bike lane

The Austin Transportation Department is nearing completion of a new protected bicycle lane on Clyde Littlefield Drive and Manor Road between the intersections at Robert Dedman Drive and Dean Keaton Street. Its funding comes from a city bond Austin voters approved in 2016, which provides $720 million in total funding for transportation projects, including $20 million to bikeways in the city. The University of Texas has assisted in coordinating the project.
Timeline: summer 2018-June 2019
Cost: $73,000
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

5. Downtown metro station renovation

Capital Metro closed its downtown MetroRail station on June 3, and the station will remain closed through the end of 2019. When construction finishes to renovate the station, Capital Metro says it will boost the frequency and capacity of its MetroRail line and make connections easier between MetroRail and other types of public transportation.
Timeline: 2019-21
Cost: $30.7 million
Funding Sources: TxDOT grant, city of Austin, Capital Metro

Regional Update

New SH 45 SW tollway officially opens to traffic

SH 45 SW, A 3.6-mile toll road connecting Hays and Travis counties between MoPac and FM 1626, opened to traffic on June 1. SH 45 SW was first proposed in 1985 and broke ground in 2016 after years of planning, lawsuits, changes in local leadership and evaluation of funding options.
Timeline: 2016-19
Cost: $109 million
Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, HaysCounty, Travis County

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Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.
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