Burnet Road sidewalk improvements near Q2 Stadium expected to finish by July

Pedestrian crossing signals
The city of Austin's Corridor Program Office is starting construction throughout the summer that will add some pedestrian crossing signals along Burnet Road in North Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Austin's Corridor Program Office is starting construction throughout the summer that will add some pedestrian crossing signals along Burnet Road in North Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The first part of pedestrian and mobility improvements along Burnet Road in North Austin will be fully open for public use before the end of the month, according to new materials from the city of Austin.

The corridor program office, which oversees projects funded by the voter-approved 2016 mobility bond, in a June 11 newsletter stated sidewalk construction at the Braker Lane and Burnet intersection is on track to finish by July, pending weather delays. City crews broke ground on the improvements in early 2021.

This stretch of work from the city will add sidewalk and ramp improvements near Q2 Stadium, the home of Austin FC. The improvements will help increase mobility and safety for both pedestrians and cyclists, according to the city’s June 11 newsletter.

Austin FC in late May released its transportation plan, which outlines how fans can get in and out of the Q2 Stadium site in North Austin. On-site parking at the stadium is limited to less than 1,000 total spots, meaning most fans will be walking into the stadium site from public transit lines and local businesses.

Further mobility improvements along the Burnet corridor are scheduled to begin work this summer, according to the city.

South of the Braker/Burnet sidewalk improvements, the city will begin work on a new pedestrian crossing at Penny Lane by late June. According to the June 11 newsletter, the city will build a pedestrian crosswalk signal to provide protected crossing across Burnet. The city expects to finish construction of this new crossing signal by October.

In the coming weeks, the corridor program office will start construction on sidewalks by Lamar Middle School. This project will add improved sidewalks on the west side of Burnet from White Horse Trail to Koenig Lane. Construction is expected to last approximately three months.

The city in early August will further build new sidewalks on the east side of Burnet from south of Twin Oaks Drive to south of Addison Avenue. This is preliminary work ahead of the construction of a new pedestrian crossing signal at Twin Oaks.

According to city materials, construction of these projects will include occasional lane closures. Work will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during the week, with additional work sometimes scheduled on weekends.
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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