Austin to unveil recommendations Feb. 10 on bond-funded Anderson Mill Road improvements

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Updated 2:35 p.m. Feb. 7

The city of Austin plans to unveil its recommendations to improve Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin this Saturday, Feb. 10 and is asking residents to weigh in.

The open house is the first time residents will get to view recommendations for the project, which is being funded through Austin’s 2016 mobility bond. About $5.5 million was earmarked for the roadway between Spicewood Parkway and US 183, but the total project budget is $7.26 million with other funds included.

The come-and-go meeting is from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Hope Presbyterian Church Activity and Education Center, 11559 Spicewood Parkway, Austin. No formal presentation will be given, but residents will be able to meet with city staffers, ask questions and provide feedback.

Proposed improvements could include turn lanes, medians, changes to traffic signals and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Preliminary engineering will continue in 2018, and that includes evaluating existing conditions, including vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle counts; speed; driveway analysis; crash patterns; right-of-way width and availability; drainage; sidewalk conditions; and utilities, according to the city.

Staffers plan to begin design work later in 2018, and design and permitting will continue until 2020. Construction is planned for 2020-21.

District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan first pushed for improving Anderson Mill Road in 2015 prior to being elected. He initiated a study of the roadway in 2015 through his Northwest Austin Coalition organization.

Last March, he hosted a meeting for residents to provide their input on what improvements they would like to see.

Flannigan said the study and resident input through the coalition led to the project being included in the 2016 bond for funding.

For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/andersonmill.

Editor’s note: This post was updated to clarify the history of meetings on the project.

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area. As senior editor, she is the point person for the company's partnership with Fox7 Austin.
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