Local, corridor improvements underway after record mobility bond passed in 2016

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More than two years after Austin voters approved a $720 million mobility bond—the city’s largest single-proposition bond—city staffers are working to solicit feedback on, explore additional funding sources for and, in some cases, begin the construction phase of some transportation infrastructure projects.

The projects range from regional in scope—such as a $5.5 million effort to improve intersections and reduce congestion along Anderson Mill Road—to a local mobility program that includes sidewalk, bikeway and urban trail extensions as well as intersection and school route safety improvements.

Local mobility projects

The local mobility program is open to public comments through Feb. 1.

Later that month, city staff will present to Austin City Council the 2019 Mobility Action Plan, a yearly summary of bond-funded mobility projects that is subject to change based on the received feedback, said Kyle Carvell, a spokesperson for the public works department.

Once the plan is approved, many of the local projects will move into the construction phase, Carvell said.

Corridor mobility projects

Most of the mobility bond funding—$482 million, or about two-thirds—is allocated to corridor projects.

Four of these projects fall in Central Austin: Burnet Road from Koenig Lane to MoPac, Airport Boulevard from North Lamar Boulevard to Hwy. 183, South Lamar Boulevard from Riverside Drive to Hwy. 290, and Guadalupe Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to West 29th Street.

Last year, the city of Austin’s Corridor Improvement Office focused on outreach efforts, engaging business owners, property owners, neighborhood associations, city departments and local agencies that are involved in the selected corridors.

In 2019, the Burnet project is likely to move from the preliminary engineering phase to the final design phase, said Mandy McClendon, a spokesperson for the corridor program office.

The other three projects remain in development.

The bulk of construction for all the corridor projects is expected to occur between 2021 and 2024, per the plan.

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her reporting focuses include employment and economic development. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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