According to the transit planning agency, groundbreaking for construction on the new Broadmoor station on the Red Line is now scheduled to take place in the spring. Previously, groundbreaking on the new station was supposed to happen in September.
“The groundbreaking will take place closer to construction starting. We are working through permitting and design refinement now, and construction is expected to start in spring 2021,” said Jenna Maxfield, communications specialist for Capital Metro, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.
The new $24 million Broadmoor station, to be located across from The Domain at 11501 Burnet Road, will serve the upcoming mixed-use Broadmoor development. Currently, office towers, an apartment building, a grocery store and a luxury hotel are all planned at that development, which is set to break ground in early 2021, according to promotional documents from developer Brandywine Realty Trust.
Brandywine and Capital Metro will contribute $12 million each to construction of the new station.
Capital Metro further anticipates beginning construction on its McKalla station on the Red Line in early 2022, Maxfield said. The transit agency is in the early stages of developing a full schedule of build-out for that station, which will be located near Q2 Stadium.
When both the Broadmoor and McKalla stations are complete, Capital Metro plans take the current Kramer station, located near the intersection of Kramer Lane and Braker Lane, out of commission.
OTHER PROJECTS TO FOLLOW IN 2021
183 North project
This project to add two tolled lanes in each direction along US 183 is likely to start construction around the third quarter of the year. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was set to select a contractor for the project Jan. 27, after this edition’s press deadline.
Cost: $650 million
Funding sources: toll revenue bonds, TxDOT
Parmer Lane diverging diamond
TxDOT expects the new intersection of West Parmer Lane and I-35 to fully open by mid-2021. Work yet to be done on the project includes utility work, installing TxDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems and lighting. The new Braker Lane exit off I-35 is expected to open in early 2021.
Cost: $24.6 million
Funding sources: Texas Clear Lanes and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Parkfield Drive safety improvements
The city of Austin expects to start work on pedestrian safety improvements around Wooldridge Elementary School in North Austin by summer 2021. The project, part of the Safe Routes to School program, will add protected bike lanes, signal improvements and new pedestrian crossing islands along Parkfield Drive from Mearns Meadow Boulevard to Payton Gin Road.
Timeline: Construction to start summer 2021
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond
Spicewood Springs Road low-water crossing
Final designs on a new low-water crossing over Bull Creek on Spicewood Springs Road are nearly complete and construction could begin as soon as spring 2021. The current low water crossing will remain open during construction of the new bridge.
Cost: $4.54 million
Funding source: 2017 Travis County bond