Transportation updates: Austin Strategic Mobility Plan expanded roadways in South Austin

The Austin Transportation Department is wrapping up two years’ worth of work on a new plan, called the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, which is scheduled to appear before council for approval in late March.


The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan takes a comprehensive look at the city’s transportation challenges and aims to arm the city with new tools to tackle those challenges and submit projects when funding opportunities arise.


The draft plan includes local highway improvements, corridor mobility improvements, substandard street projects, new roads, access-management projects, and roadways being planned for future expansion throughout the city of Austin and surrounding areas.


Some proposed Southwest Austin projects in the plan include expanding local roadways and adding center medians to increase capacity and safety.


South Austin projects highlighted in the proposed plan include:




  1. widening Escarpment Boulevard to a four-lane road from La Crosse Avenue to the Hays County line south of SH 45;

  2. widening William Cannon Drive to six lanes from Brodie Lane to Manchaca Road;

  3. widening FM 1826 to four lanes from West Hwy. 290 south into Hays County;

  4. widening Brodie to four travel lanes south of Slaughter and north of FM 1626;

  5. widening FM 1626 to four lanes from I-35 to Brodie;

  6. widening Slaughter to six lanes with a raised median from MoPac to Brodie

  7.  widening the south end of Manchaca Road to four lanes from FM 1626 to Ravenscroft Drive; and

  8.  expanding Old Bee Caves Road to four lanes from West Hwy. 290 to Travis Cook Road and adding new turn lanes from Travis Cook to West Hwy. 71.


All projects are in varying stages of development and funding.


As the plan is presented to various entities for final approval, opportunities for public feedback at committee meetings will take place.


The mobility committee will meet Feb. 28, while the environmental committee, land-use committee and urban trails committee will meet in March.



MOST RECENT

A screen image of Sam Biscoe at a meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court
Travis County allocates $7.3 million in coronavirus relief aid to small cities

Commissioners voted to issue $55 per capita to the county's small cities, significantly less than mayors had lobbied for.

FDA testing
Austin Public Health director cautions residents against unauthorized antibody tests

Residents who use some unauthorized antibody tests to determine if they have contracted COVID-19 may be vulnerable to receiving false test results.

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13. (Community Impact staff)
Travis County’s first two coronavirus deaths of June bring total to 95

There have been a total of 3,501 coronavirus cases in the county and 95 deaths since the pandemic began locally March 13.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Alta Alexander shows the fire damage at her boutique on East 12th Street, Altatudes. (Photo by Jack Flagler, design by Shelby Savage/Community Impact Newspaper)
Altatudes and Kane's Barbershop, 2 black-owned businesses on East 12th Street, look to rebuild after fire

The Austin Fire Department said a fire that started in the early morning of June 1 at Kane’s Barbershop was accidental and caused by an electrical failure.

Legendary baseball player Nolan Ryan has long enjoyed ranching. Now, he and his team are preparing to open a butcher shop in Round Rock to showcase Goodstock, Nolan Ryan Beef and other Texas-made products. (Photo courtesy Nolan Ryan)
Nolan Ryan to open Round Rock butcher shop and 20 other Central Texas business updates to know

Read the latest news on Central Texas businesses from Community Impact Newspaper's latest coverage.

Protesters march toward the Texas Capitol. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin health officials: All who attended weekend demonstrations should get tested for coronavirus

Concerns over the coronavirus pandemic took the passenger seat, but health officials emphasized those health concerns have not subsided.

Creek Road Cafe closes after 12 years in Dripping Springs

The restaurant offered a menu of shrimp, salmon, pork chop, filet and vegetation dishes.

Barton Springs Pool
Closed since March, Barton Springs Pool to reopen with reservations June 9

After being closed for close to three months, Barton Springs Pool will open with limited hours beginning June 9.

Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay

Operations began in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio beginning May 25.

The Brodie Homestead is located at 5211 Brodie Lane, Sunset Valley. (Courtesy Brodie Homestead)
Sunset Valley gives Brodie Homestead owner $61,471 refund for unused mitigation fees

The funds were originally collected for watershed protection and mitigation efforts.