South Austin transportation news: Corridor work starting on South Lamar; new intersections built near schools

New intersections are now in place near two elementary schools in South Austin. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)
New intersections are now in place near two elementary schools in South Austin. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)

New intersections are now in place near two elementary schools in South Austin. (Courtesy Austin Transportation Department)

A project to redo intersections in South Austin near two elementary schools just wrapped up, and work is getting started on a major thoroughfare.

Corridor work gets started on South Lamar

After receiving environmental clearance from the Texas Department of Transportation in the fall and crews performing utility relocation work in the winter, a construction project along South Lamar Boulevard is set to begin in May. The project includes building two-way bicycle lanes, improving intersections and adding Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks along the street. While the entire project from Riverside Drive to Ben White Boulevard will take place over years, the first phase between Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road is scheduled to last 12-18 months.

Timeline: May 2021-24

Cost: $34 million-$42 million


Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

Two redesigned South Austin intersections finish construction

Two South Austin intersections have been redesigned to set back the bicycle and pedestrian crossings and install physical barriers intended to slow the turning speed of vehicles. The intersections of Barton Hills Drive and Barton Skyway and Escarpment Boulevard and La Crosse Avenue have the new configurations. The areas were identified to make it safer for students traveling to Barton Hills Elementary School and Kiker Elementary School.

Timeline: complete as of November 2020

Cost: $126,000

Funding source: 2016 mobility bond
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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