Austin hosts open house Sept. 6 for improvements on Burnet Road

Burnet Road will receive $53.2 million from the 2016 Mobility Bond for multimodal improvements, such as sidewalks, bike lanes and pavement repairs.

Burnet Road will receive $53.2 million from the 2016 Mobility Bond for multimodal improvements, such as sidewalks, bike lanes and pavement repairs.

As part of its Corridor Construction Program, the city of Austin is hosting an open house Sept. 6 for residents to learn more about some of the improvements being designed.

The come-and-go meeting is from 5-8 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin. Members of the city’s project team will answer any questions and discuss the projects that will be designed to reduce delays and crashes; improve transit; and add continuous sidewalks and bicycle facilities between Koenig Lane and MoPac.

Corridorwide improvements will also include rehabbing pavement, improving intersections, replacing traffic signals, said Sara Behunek, communications manager for the city’s Corridor Program Office.

Burnet Road is receiving about $53.2 million in funding for improvements from the $720 million 2016 Mobility Bond, which earmarks $482 million for nine corridors citywide.

In April, Austin City Council adopted the Corridor Construction Program that outlines improvements on the nine roadways based on preliminary engineering work.

The city is now designing these improvements, an effort that will take 12-36 months, according to the city. Construction on projects will take place in 2012-24.

As part of the program, the city started fieldwork on Burnet Road in late July to gather more information on the corridor, including conducting topographic, boundary and tree surveys as well as taking samples of the pavement, soil and rocks.

For residents unable to attend the Sept. 6 open house, all materials will be posted online at www.austintexas.gov/burnetroad.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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