Long-term lane closures to begin May 18 at Barton Springs Road and South First Street

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Lane closures at the intersection of Barton Springs Road and South First Street will begin Saturday, May 18, and last for approximately three months as a result of the forthcoming RiverSouth development, according to a May 15 memo from Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar.

The southern-most, eastbound lane of Barton Springs Road between South First Street and West Riverside Drive will be closed, as well as the two western-most southbound lanes on South First Street.

The closure on Barton Springs Road will include the sidewalks, bicycle lanes and one of the driveways at One Texas Center.

Signs will indicate detours for cyclists and pedestrians as well as those traveling to and from OTC.

In addition to these long-term closures, there will also be temporary lane closures during off-peak hours at the intersections of South First Street and Barton Springs Roads and of Barton Springs Road and Riverside Drive.

RiverSouth is a 15-story mixed-use building planned for 401 S. First St., on the lot previously occupied by a Hooters restaurant. Set to open in early 2021, the development will include ground-floor restaurants and retail space along with 37,000 square feet of office space.

The first phase of the redevelopment requires utility mitigation, which includes burying Austin Energy lines beneath the pavement on South First Street and Barton Springs Road, per the memo.

“Although the Austin Transportation Department has worked with the contractor to mitigate the disruptions, the lane closures required for the utility work will have a significant impact on the transportation network due to the location of the site,” Spillar wrote.

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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