A new construction project expected to relieve traffic on East Parmer Lane in North Austin broke ground Feb. 16.

The project will extend a 0.75-mile segment of East Braker Lane from its current endpoint at Dawes Place to Samsung Boulevard, past Pioneer Crossing Elementary School.

The newly constructed four-lane road will include bike lanes and sidewalks in both directions, a pedestrian crosswalk near the school, and center turn lanes for drivers turning left onto Taebaek Drive or Samsung Boulevard.

The project, led by the Capital Delivery Services department, costs $27 million and will take about two years to complete.

What else?

The roadway will connect to an upcoming Travis County project that will extend Braker Lane from Samsung Boulevard to Harris Branch Parkway. Travis County’s project is still in the design phase and is not slated for completion until 2027.

Quote of note

“One message our residents have consistently delivered to us is they want safer, more efficient ways to move around Austin no matter what transportation method they are using,” said Richard Mendoza, Austin Transportation and Public Works Director, in a news release.