MoPac construction update, updated CodeNEXT maps and more things Southwest Austinites should know this week, May 8-12

Work on the MoPac South, SH 45 SW and MoPac Intersections projects were given the green light to continue following a ruling in a lawsuit against the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Department of Transportation earlier this month.

Work on the MoPac South, SH 45 SW and MoPac Intersections projects were given the green light to continue following a ruling in a lawsuit against the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Department of Transportation earlier this month.




  • The Austin ISD board of trustees discusses making the district a District of Innovation at its Nov. 7 meeting. Austin ISD board members will discuss DOI-related policies at Monday night's board meeting.[/caption]

    The major structural work on the MoPac express lane project is on track to wrap up by June. In the coming weeks, construction workers will be finishing paving and installing the walls of the underpasses that connect the express toll lanes to downtown Austin.

  • Trustees on the Austin ISD board are scheduled to hold a discussion on District of Innovation-related policies at tonight's work session meeting. The board elected to become a DOI in late March.



  • Southwest Austin-based Thirsty Planet Brewing Company will celebrate its seventh year in business, the opening of its new 60,000-square-foot South Austin brewery, and the introduction of its newest beer, Buckethead IPA, with an open-to-the-public launch party  Tue., March 9, at Black Sheep Lodge, 2108 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, from 7-10 p.m. Thirsty Planet beer and food will be available, and Ride Austin will provide discounted rides home from the event.



  • District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan hosted his first round of District 6-specific CodeNext map community forums on Monday at the Austin Public Library Spicewood Springs Branch. An updated version of the CodeNEXT maps are slated for release early this week.[/caption]

    Jorge Rousselin, project manager for CodeNEXT, told Community Impact Newspaper last week that a new version of the CodeNEXT maps will be released early this week. Many errors and omissions from the first draft of the maps will be corrected in this updated version.

  • Studio Barre, a specialized workout class that focuses on building core strength, improving posture and developing long and lean muscles will open in Southwest Austin this summer.


 
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


MOST RECENT

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports 500 votes in first day of early voting

Education-related election items in Hays County include $443.5 million in bonds as well as city council positions, school board seats and municipal utility district directors.

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for the county's May 1 election began April 19 and will run through April 27.

The Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin is one of the locations where residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Jack Flalger/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin vaccine updates: Demand slows as state begins marketing push

Appointments are beginning to go unfilled, and local health officials say demand has caught up to supply. All adults in the U.S. are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander; park, pizzeria launches social club and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Photo of two performers on an outdoor SXSW stage
South by Southwest sells ownership stake in company to Rolling Stone owner Penske Media Corp.

SXSW leadership called the sale a "lifeline" for the conference and festivals.

The Southwest Austin median home price topped $500,000 for the first time in March. (Nicholas Cicale/Community impact Newspaper)
SW Austin median home price reaches $530,000 in March, up 32.8% from last year

The median home price topped $500,000 for the first time in March.

Photo of people receiving vaccines in a gym
Austin Public Health lengthens windows for vaccine appointment signups

Residents age 18 and up can now sign up for appointments with APH any time from Saturday to Tuesday morning.

Austin Anthem watch party
Crowds of fans converge on North Austin to watch inaugural Austin FC game

Breweries around Q2 Stadium in North Austin brought in large outdoor screens and new employees to host fans of Austin FC for the team's historic first match.

Early voting for the May 1 election opens April 19 at a 7 a.m. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting in Austin opens April 19: See what’s on the ballot, where to vote

City residents will be making decisions on eight propositions ranging from whether to adopt a strong mayor government system to whether to reinstate public camping bans.

Austin transportation officials said April 15 the range of corridor construction program projects initiated through the city's 2016 Mobility Bond remain on track for completion by late 2024. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several Austin corridor mobility projects moving forward in 2021, program on track for 2024 completion

Transportation officials said some corridor program improvements previously planned along Guadalupe Street and East Riverside Drive are being reduced ahead of Project Connect expansions.

Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)
7 restaurants coming to Cedar Park, Leander; new murals to go up in Georgetown and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the Central Texas area from the past week.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.