2016 Mobility Bond projects ramp up in Central Austin and more local roadwork



Ongoing projects


1. Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street improvements

The city of Austin began construction Feb. 5 on safety and mobility improvements at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street. As part of the project a city contractor is installing center medians on Congress near the intersection to reduce unsafe left turns, redesigning access driveways and building a shared-use path to create better coordination among pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Traffic patterns will change during construction, so people traveling through the work zone should use caution, the city advises.

Timeline: February-summer
Cost: $471,000
Funding source: 2016 mobility bond






2. Manor Road and Clyde Littlefield Drive improvements

Manor Road, from East Dean Keeton Street to I-35, and Clyde Littlefield Drive, from I-35 to Robert Dedman Drive, are being evaluated for improvements to enhance the safety and mobility for all street users. The city held an open house Feb. 7 to solicit feedback from the public. Among the proposed improvements are bicycle route upgrades, such as physical protection and prohibiting parking in the bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. The proposed improvements have been coordinated with The University of Texas at Austin and would be installed with its partnership, according to city documents.

Timeline: spring-summer (estimated)
Cost: $100,000-$150,000 (estimated)
Funding source: 2016 mobility bond






3. Johnny Morris Road substandard street project

The city held an open house Feb. 6 as it evaluates Johnny Morris Road between Loyola Lane and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in conjunction with its 2016 mobility bond program for substandard streets. The project would entail enhancements to all modes of transportation, such as road conditions, sidewalks, curbs and drainage elements. The city is in the preliminary engineering phase, and construction funding has not been identified.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $500,000
Funding source: 2016 mobility bond






4. Downtown MetroRail station

Design on upgrades to Capital Metro’s downtown rail station is slated to be completed by April. The updated station will feature a new public plaza and landscaping, a new train station and platforms, new tracks and sidewalks, a new bridge over Waller Creek and a bikeway path. Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke hopes to break ground on the project as soon as this year, a spokesperson said.

Timeline: early 2019- late 2021 (tentative)
Cost: $39.4 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, Austin Transportation Department





Regional project


5. I-35 connectivity at US 183

TxDOT broke ground on the project Jan. 24. Workers will first demolish and rebuild the bridge over I-35 at St. Johns Avenue, which will include U-turns and sidewalks. TxDOT is also adding a bypass lane in each direction that will allow drivers to avoid the St. Johns intersection.

Timeline: January 2018-2021
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT


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