Here are some need-to-know Central Austin transportation updates

Transportation Updates Central Austin, September 2016[/caption]

1.  35th Street traffic signal, underground electrical service

A traffic signal was activated Aug. 26 at the intersection of West 35th and Pecos streets near Tarrytown. Meanwhile, a 35th Street underground electrical service project remains under construction. The city project entails upgrading electrical service to the Davis Water Treatment Plant, 3500 W. 35th St. and will include construction of electrical feeders under 35th from Austin Energy’s Warren substation near Camp Mabry to the Davis Water Treatment Plant, which will help maintain reliable delivery of drinking water to Austin Water utility customers. The contractor began work Aug. 27 on the west half of the 35th and Balcones Drive intersection. Two-way traffic is being maintained during construction, and work will not be done on weekdays, according to the Austin Public Works Department.

Timeline: August 2016-February 2017
Cost: $975,000
Funding sources: Austin Water

2.  Spicewood Springs pump station utility work

The Austin Water project to improve water pressure and fire hydrant capability in the Northwest Hills area is expected to be completed Nov. 1 after delays caused by rain and unforeseen issues underground. The utility work is in the 4000 block of Far West Boulevard, which will continue to be reduced to one lane in each direction. The project is part of a broader city effort to replace and upgrade Austin Water distribution infrastructure.

Timeline: through August 2017
Cost: $3.7 million
Funding sources: Austin Water

Pedestrian improvements complete3.  Burnet Road, Clay Avenue and Lawnmont Avenue

Signalized crosswalks as well as temporary and permanent safety and road upgrades were completed at and nearby this intersection in September. Improvements include pedestrian crossing signals or hybrid beacons, pedestrian-activated warning devices that let motorists know pedestrians are crossing the street. Improving the Burnet Road corridor was outlined in the city’s 2012 comprehensive plan.

Timeline: September 2015-September 2016
Cost: $80,000
Funding sources: Austin planning and zoning and transportation departments

Traffic light installation Berkman Drive and Barbara Jordan Boulevard[/caption]

4.  Berkman Drive and Barbara Jordan Boulevard

A stoplight was installed during the week of Sept. 12-16 in the Mueller Development at the intersection of Berkman Drive and Barbara Jordan Boulevard. A study to evaluate whether to install a stoplight at the intersection was completed in December. According to the report, an average of 16,573 vehicles a day drove through the intersection in December.

Timeline: December 2015-September 2016
Cost: more than $121,000 (estimate)
Funding sources: Austin Transportation Department and Mueller Development


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