Attend one of 3 upcoming events in March to learn more about changes to Shoal Creek Boulevard

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As part of the 2016 Mobility Bond, the Austin Transportation Department is asking for public input on how to make Shoal Creek Boulevard safer between 38th Street and US 183.

Residents are invited to attend one of three upcoming open house events to review several alternatives the city is considering. These alternatives are based on public input gathered at a listening session Dec. 12 and from the comment period Dec. 12-Jan. 13.

The open house meetings are:

  • March 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Burnet Middle School cafeteria, 8401 Hathaway Drive, Austin
  • March 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Lamar Middle School cafeteria, 6201 Wynona Ave., Austin
  • March 30 from 1-2 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center gym, 2913 Northland Drive, Austin

Later in 2019, the city plans to resurface Shoal Creek Boulevard as part of its routine street maintenance program. This provides the city with the opportunity to make improvements to the roadway’s configuration, such as adding bike lanes or parking spaces.

More than 260 residents attended the December listening session, and the city received 1,075 survey responses. On the survey, residents made 660 comments related to safety and mobility on Shoal Creek Boulevard.

The survey indicated most residents—863 respondents—use the roadway for driving, and 771 respondents said they use it for biking.

To make Shoal Creek Boulevard safer, 616 respondents said their top choice is eliminating conflicts between cyclists and parked vehicles. The second top choice is adding a physical separation between cyclists and vehicles.

Regarding bike lanes, the city gathered 129 responses in support of having protected bike lanes and 105 responses related to concerns on two-way protected bike lanes. To view the full survey responses, click here.

Residents may contact Tyler Wong at 512-974-7061 or tyler.wong-contractor@austintexas.gov for questions or to submit comments.

Visit the Shoal Creek Boulevard web page to learn more about the project.

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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