8 transportation projects to know in Northwest Austin for September

The city is designing improvements on Burnet Road as part of the 2016 mobility bond.

The city is designing improvements on Burnet Road as part of the 2016 mobility bond.

Several area projects are continuing to move forward through the stages of design in Northwest Austin, including improvements on Burnet Road, Spicewood Springs Road and Anderson Mill Road.

Learn more about projects in your area.

Burnet Road upgrades
The city of Austin hosted an open house meeting Sept. 6 for the Burnet Road corridor between MoPac and Koenig Lane. Proposed corridorwide improvements may include rehabbing pavement, improving intersections, replacing traffic signals, and adding continuous sidewalks and bicycle facilities. Fieldwork and design work are underway, and design will take one to three years.

Timeline: 2021-24 (construction)
Cost: $53.2 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

Spicewood Springs Road
The city of Austin unveiled Aug. 29 three options it is considering to improve the road between Loop 360 and Mesa Drive. These include adding a center median, turn lanes and U-turns; expanding to two lanes in both directions with no center median and turn lanes; and expanding to two lanes in both directions with a center median and turn lanes. All options include pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Comments from residents will help staff choose the best alternative.

Timeline: 2021 (construction starts)
Cost: $17 million
Funding sources: 2016 Mobility Bond

I-35 construction
Columns for the new flyovers from southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 and southbound I-35 to southbound US 183 are under construction. Drivers should be aware of long-term temporary lane shifts and reductions from US 183 to Rundberg Lane.

Timeline: January 2018-2021
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

Northern Walnut Creek Trail
Crews are still working on completing the final leg of the trail in Balcones District Park for a 10-foot-wide shared-use trail.

Timeline: mid-April-October
Cost: $610,484
Funding sources: city of Austin bonds

Loop 360 intersections
On Aug. 28, TxDOT launched a new website to update drivers on its plans to add overpasses or underpasses at  nine intersections on Loop 360, including four that are receiving $46 million from the city of Austin: Westlake Drive, Courtyard Drive, Lakewood Drive and Spicewood Springs Road/Bluffstone Lane. More information is available at www.loop360project.com.

Timeline: 2024 (construction begins)
Cost: $250 million
Funding sources: city of Austin, TxDOT

Anderson Mill Road improvements
The city expects to complete 60 percent of the design for improvements on Anderson Mill Road between Spicewood Parkway and US 183 by the end of December.

Timeline: 2020-21 (construction)
Cost: $7.26 million
Funding sources: 2010 and 2016 mobility
bonds, Quarter Cent Fund

Bike lanes on Cedar Bend Drive
The city of Austin finished repaving the roadway between MoPac and Metric Boulevard and will complete restriping this fall. Bike lanes will be added on both sides of the roadway, and on-street parking will be restricted to the north side only.

Timeline: mid-2018
Cost: TBD
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

New low-water crossing bridge
Design of a project to replace a low-water crossing on Spicewood Springs Road with a new bridge will be completed by early 2019.

Timeline: summer 2020-summer 2021
Cost: $3.8 million
Funding source: 2017 Travis County bond

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.