Construction on Anderson Mill Road improvements to start before end of July

Anderson Mill Road at Olson Drive
The city of Austin will soon begin construction on about $8 million in improvements on Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Austin will soon begin construction on about $8 million in improvements on Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Improvements on a half-mile stretch along Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin designed to increase traffic flow and pedestrian safety are scheduled to begin soon.

The city of Austin Transportation Department in a July 7 newsletter stated city construction crews are placing equipment over the next two weeks to begin construction on Anderson Mill Road.

This improvements project, which stretches from Spicewood Parkway to US 183, will add a myriad of mobility improvements, from pedestrian walkways to new signals, to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, according to city staff.

Construction on the $8 million project—funded by the 2016 voter-approved Mobility Bond—is expected to last up to 18 months, weather permitting.

“During our public process for this project, concerns were raised about the incomplete sidewalk and bike networks, drainage, significant peak hour congestion and left-turn crashes near business driveways approaching US 183. The project has been designed to address these concerns,” Emily Tuttle, public information specialist for the Austin Transportation Department, said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.


In all, the improvements added along this stretch of Anderson Mill Road include water quality improvements, such as new rain gardens, continuous shared use paths for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of the road and a new center left-turn lane, according to city documents.

The project will further add a raised median near the intersection at US 183; a new pedestrian hybrid beacon at the Arboretum Park development; an extended right turn lane on Anderson Mill Road approaching US 183; and a new lane configuration, along with traffic signal upgrades, at the Anderson Mill Road and Olson Drive intersection.

The first phase of this project is scheduled to begin before the end of July, according to city documents. Tuttle said construction will begin near the Anderson Mill Road and Spicewood Parkway intersection, with construction gradually moving east in phases.

Throughout the length of the project, Tuttle said lane closures may be necessary. Residents and nearby businesses interested in following the project are encouraged to sign up for updates through the Transportation Department here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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