Here is what you need to know about transportation projects in South Austin

Here is what you need to know about transportation projects in South Austin.

Here is what you need to know about transportation projects in South Austin.

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1. Traffic signal at West Gate Boulevard and Davis Lane

A construction contract with Austin Traffic Signal Construction was approved by the City Council in December for a traffic light at the intersection of West Gate Boulevard and Davis Lane. The city’s transportation department said construction on the light began Jan. 24 and should be complete by April.

Timeline: September 2017-April 2018
Cost: $165,000
Funding source: city of Austin

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2. Frate Barker Road widening

The project widened Frate Barker Road to a total of five lanes east of Hewitt Lane to Manchaca Road and a three-lane section from east of Brodie Lane to Hewitt. The entire project area will have bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side of the road. Construction resumed after a utility relocation delay and final paving is now complete. Motorists are currently driving in the final configuration. The safety-end treatments are still being constructed. Handrails have been installed.

Timeline: February 2014-April 2018
Cost: about $7.5 million for construction
Funding sources: Travis County, Federal Highway Administration funds through the Texas Department of Transportation

3. MoPac Intersections project

On Jan. 12, TxDOT kicked off the project with a “meet the contractor” event. The project will build an interchange consisting of a grade separation at both (A) Slaughter Lane and (B) La Crosse Avenue. TxDOT will also construct a diverging diamond intersection at Slaughter, and a traditional diamond intersection will be added at La Crosse. An underpass will also be constructed allowing MoPac to go under Slaughter and La Crosse. Restriping is underway as well as some minor traffic changes.

Timeline: January 2018-early 2021
Cost:  $536 million
Funding source:  TxDOT

4. SH 45 SW

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is continuing work to build a new four-lane toll road from MoPac to FM 1626. Construction activities planned for completion in 2018 include a shared-use path that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the construction of the MoPac direct connectors. Concrete surface was placed on the path, which will serve as part of the Violet Crown Trail, from FM 1626 to Old Bliss Spillar Road. Construction of the MoPac direct connectors began in 2018 and is approximately 25 percent complete with foundations and columns already constructed.

Timeline: November 2016-late 2019
Cost: $109 million (Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization estimate)
Funding sources: TxDOT grant, TxDOT loan, Hays and Travis counties

5. I-35 from Stassney Lane to William Cannon Drive

TxDOT is reconstructing the bridge structures on I-35 at Stassney Lane and William Cannon Drive. Demolition of the William Cannon bridge is scheduled for the end of February, weather permitting. Phase 1 of northbound frontage bridge construction was completed over Williamson Creek on Oct. 29, and the first phase of the southbound frontage bridge construction was completed Nov. 14. In 2018, the new U-turn bridges will be complete at Stassney Lane and construction on U-turn bridges will begin at William Cannon Drive.

Timeline: July 2016-winter 2019 or early 2020
Cost: $79 million
Funding sources: Proposition 1 funds

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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