City of Austin, Capital Metro to provide update on North Lamar corridor Dec. 3

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The city of Austin and Capital Metro, the area transit agency, will update residents Dec. 3 on projects planned for North Lamar Boulevard in North Austin.

North Lamar is slated to receive $66.8 million from the city’s 2016 Mobility Bond program for improvements such as intersection upgrades, new traffic signals, new sidewalks and bike facilities, and rehabbed pavement.

Capital Metro has also identified the roadway in its Project Connect regional vision plan for future transit options.

At the Dec. 3 meeting—which will take place from 6-8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 11201 Parkfield Drive, Austin—residents can learn more about the two programs and how they will affect North Lamar as well as hear an update on the city’s transportation plan called the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.

North Lamar is one of nine corridors that is receiving the bulk of the 2016 Mobility Bond funds, and the city is completing the preliminary engineering work on the roadway between US 183 and I-35. This work includes taking pavement and soil samples as well as taking surveys of the topography, boundaries and trees.

In early October, Capital Metro released its latest vision map for Project Connect, identifying corridors, including North Lamar, for future high-capacity transit designed to move large numbers of people without disrupting traffic.

Since then the transit agency has been meeting with residents to gather feedback. Residents also have an opportunity to attend the Capital Metro board work session Nov. 28 from noon-3 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, or a citywide meeting Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin.

Learn more online at www.capmetro.org/participate.

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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