Plans emerging in 2018 for transportation projects on key South Austin corridors

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What we reported

The city started construction last summer on the first projects funded through the 2016 mobility bond. These projects were mostly sidewalks and related to Safe Routes to School. Also in 2017 the city began drafting mobility recommendations as part of its preliminary engineering reports for Brodie Lane, Davis Lane, FM 1626, Cooper Lane, Circle S Road and Latta Drive/Brush Country Road as well as corridor mobility plans for Slaughter Lane, William Cannon Drive, Manchaca Road and South Congress Avenue.

The latest

Staffers are working on the draft corridor construction plan that will outline improvements planned for the corridors using $482 million in bond funds, said Mike Trimble, director of the Corridor Program Office. Staffers also unveiled the 2018 Local Mobility Annual Plan that is a look ahead at what projects may be started in 2018, including sidewalks, bikeways and trails. The plan includes projects in all 10 City Council districts, and residents may also provide feedback on the plan or make
recommendations.

What’s next

The draft corridor plan will be released to the public in late February for comment before heading to Austin City Council for approval in March. After approval Trimble said staffers will complete the design work for improvements. In South Austin the local mobility annual plan outlines the city’s intention to begin or continue the process of identifying possible bikeway projects on South Congress Avenue, Stassney Lane and Jones Road as well as constructing sidewalk additions on James Casey Street and South Congress Avenue.

This story is one update from The January Issue. View the full list of Top 10 stories to follow in 2018 here.

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