Lane closures on Burnet Road in North Austin expected through early August

Pedestrian crossing North Lamar
Work is underway on Burnet Road at Penny Lane and Doris Drive to build a new pedestrian crossing signal in North Austin. The crossing signal will be similar to ones recently installed on North Lamar Boulevard, shown here. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work is underway on Burnet Road at Penny Lane and Doris Drive to build a new pedestrian crossing signal in North Austin. The crossing signal will be similar to ones recently installed on North Lamar Boulevard, shown here. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Austin has planned lane closures on Burnet Road in North Austin on a daily basis through at least early August as crews construct a new safe crossing for pedestrians.

According to a July 13 newsletter from the city of Austin Corridor Program Office, crews will close one or more lanes during the day around the intersection of Burnet and Penny Lane.

The lane closures come as construction crews need to trench across the road, according to the city. Pavement covers will be placed on the roadway following construction work each day to allow vehicles to drive over the trench on Burnet.

This construction will add a pedestrian hybrid beacon across Burnet from Penny Lane to Doris Drive, which will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Burnet.

Currently, there is no pedestrian crossing light at that section of Burnet, which is near a Capital Metro stop for two bus lines.



The new pedestrian crossing is part of a series of improvements currently underway along Burnet.

Other work on the corridor includes sidewalk improvements near Lamar Middle School—where intermittent lane closures are also currently happening—and recently completed sidewalk and traffic signal installations at Q2 Stadium near Braker Lane.

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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