Austin begins construction July 12 on W. Slaughter Lane shared-use path

The city of Austin begins construction on a shared-use path along West Slaughter Lane from Barstow Avenue to Gorzycki Middle School on July 12. (Courtesy city of Austin)
The city of Austin begins construction on a shared-use path along West Slaughter Lane from Barstow Avenue to Gorzycki Middle School on July 12. (Courtesy city of Austin)

The city of Austin begins construction on a shared-use path along West Slaughter Lane from Barstow Avenue to Gorzycki Middle School on July 12. (Courtesy city of Austin)

The city of Austin Corridor Program Office begins construction July 12 on a shared-use path along West Slaughter Lane in South Austin from Barstow Avenue to Gorzycki Middle School.

For the duration of the project the outer westbound lane and sidewalk segments will be closed during construction times. Construction will take place from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends.

The cost of the segment is approximately $225,000, with funding coming from the 2016 mobility bond.

According to an Austin Corridor Program Office press release, the construction is the beginning of a series of projects along Slaughter Lane, which will include “continuous [Americans with Disabilities Act]-compliant pedestrian facilities and continuous bike facilities as well as upgraded traffic signals and improved intersections throughout Slaughter Lane from FM 1826 to Bluff Springs Road.”

The project aims to have a shared-use path from Barstow Avenue to FM 1826 within the next year.

The segment from Barstow to Gorzycki Middle School is expected to be completed in mid-August before the start of the school year.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.


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