Vision to enhance University, Austin avenues' downtown corridors underway

The University Avenue Corridor Project will focus on University Avenue from Southwestern Boulevard to Scenic Drive. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
The University Avenue Corridor Project will focus on University Avenue from Southwestern Boulevard to Scenic Drive. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

The University Avenue Corridor Project will focus on University Avenue from Southwestern Boulevard to Scenic Drive. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Georgetown Neighborhood Alliance is developing a vision to maximize the potential of University and Austin avenues’ corridors as they pass through downtown Georgetown.

The GNA is taking the lead role in developing the vision study at the request of District 6 Council Member Rachael Jonrowe. The study will provide community-based ideas and concepts the city could use in developing future corridor designs for both avenues, according to GNA President Pamela Mitchell.

University Avenue corridor

One of the drivers for looking at University Avenue now is the impact that the new Southwest Bypass will have on Georgetown’s Inner Loop, Mitchell said in a release.

With the completion of the bypass, heavy commercial traffic could be required to use Inner Loop/Southwest Bypass and not University Avenue. This change will have a major impact on east-west traffic flow through downtown.


The University Avenue Corridor Project will focus on University Avenue from Southwestern Boulevard to Scenic Drive.

Austin Avenue corridor

Currently, Austin Avenue effectively splits downtown Georgetown in half, Mitchell said in the release.

With the increased civic, commercial and residential development on the west side of Austin Avenue, there is a growing need to better unify the growing west side of town and the established east side of town, with the Williamson County Courthouse, retail and restaurants, along with a vibrant Old Town residential community.

The Austin Avenue Corridor Project will focus on Austin Avenue from Second Street to West 18th Street.

GNA has reached out to selected community leaders to build the GNA Project Team. The project will consist of three phases.

  • Phase 1: data gathering

  • Phase 2: community survey

  • Phase 3: corridor design


GNA will cover all expenses associated with the Corridor Vision Project, and the organization plans to complete it in approximately 10 weeks, according to Mitchell. At the midpoint of the project, GNA will publish an online community survey. The results of the survey will assist the GNA Project Team in completing the corridor projects.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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