MoPac paving, ACC weekend courses and 5 other things to know in Northwest Austin this week, July 30-Aug. 5


Updates from Austin Community College, traffic-calming issues and Central Texas toll projects all headline news Northwest Austin residents need to know about as they head into this week.

1. The final Northwest Austin Water Forward meeting is Monday

Austin Water has been hosting a public engagement summer series called Water Forward to develop a 100-year integrated water resource plan. City Council District 10 will host its information session on Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Old Quarry Branch Library. The meeting includes a brief overview and presentation on the progress of the project, a question-and-answer session and an open house.

2.  Austin Community College students can now enroll for weekend courses

ACC announced the campuses of Highland, Round Rock and Riverside are adding new weekend college degree and workforce certificate programs starting this fall. Course offerings can be found here. Students can enroll now, and classes begin Aug. 28.

3. District 10 City Council Member Alison Alter seeks input on traffic-calming projects

Last week Alter met with the Austin Transportation Department about complaints made against traffic-calming measures recently installed in District 10. The department will report back to City Council this week, and Alter plans to schedule community meetings to discuss the issue. Until then, Alter asks community members to submit their opinions to

4. Beginning Tuesday, Austin Regional Clinic patients can have babies delivered at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Austin Regional Clinic’s Northwest Austin patients will have access to ARC Nurture North Ob/Gyn, the newest branch of ARC. By acquiring the practice, ARC can now offer delivery to its patients at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. A certified nurse midwife as well as full-spectrum obstetrics and gynecological care will be available at ARC Nurture North Ob/Gyn.

5. Most of the final pavement and striping is complete on MoPac between US 183 and RM 2222 

Through mid-August, workers will be adding a level-up pavement on northbound MoPac south of RM 2222 to prepare the road for the final layer of pavement. The agency is planning to open the rest of the northbound express lane in late September with the southbound side opening in the weeks after. Learn three other Central Texas toll project updates.

6. Austin residents have until Aug. 31 to review a pedestrian safety action plan

As part of Austin’s Vision Zero plan aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities, city staffers released last Tuesday a draft of the pedestrian safety action plan. The new pedestrian safety plan recommends 21 action items to improve the safety of residents walking throughout the city. Residents have through Aug. 31 to provide commentary. More information about the plan and providing feedback is available at Read about three takeaways from the plan.

7. BuildASign seeks nonprofits to participate in its CreateAThon

Local business BuildASign announced its fourth annual CreateAthon will take place Oct. 21 and 22. CreateAthon is a 24-hour event in which creative and marketing professionals from around Austin volunteer to provide nonprofits rebranding or marketing help pro bono. BuildASign plans to choose 10 nonprofits for the marathon. Nonprofits can submit applications to participate by Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

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