The city of Austin is moving ahead on a monthslong project to improve the streetscape in the heart of the Red River Cultural District.

Expected to wrap up next summer, the mobility project will center on the sidewalks and landscaping along Red River Street between Sixth and 10th streets. The redesign will include tearing up and replacing portions of the corridor's existing sidewalks, installing new landscaping, and adding pedestrian-oriented elements such as lighting fixtures and curb cuts and bulb-outs. The new initiative is part of ongoing work aimed at improving public infrastructure in the cultural district, the city said.

"The Red River Cultural District is one of Austin’s crown jewels for live music. The collaborative approach between community members and city departments will ensure our investments enhance the experience for residents and tourists visiting this area," Assistant City Manager Rodney Gonzales said in a statement. "These improvements will bring more opportunity for businesses to thrive as we welcome the sound of live music reverberating through our streets once again."

While construction will continue through mid-2022, the city said businesses and venues along the district's central corridor are expected to remain open and accessible throughout the process. Red River Street and driveways along the roadway will also stay open, although curb parking may be limited Sundays through Thursdays between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

"We’re excited about the upcoming work to improve safety, visibility and walkability in the Red River Cultural District," said Cody Cowan, executive director of the cultural district nonprofit, in a statement. "This work will greatly improve the experiences for all of our locals, musicians and visitors that grace this great live music district from the Convention Center to Waterloo Park!"
A new plaza at Seventh and Red River streets is proposed as part of the cultural district streetscape improvements. (Courtesy city of Austin)
A new plaza at Red River and Seventh streets is proposed as part of the cultural district streetscape improvements. (Rendering courtesy city of Austin)