A pedestrian and bike-friendly downtown project is one of four Central Austin transportation updates to know this month

Update: A previous version of this story stated that contractor McCarthy Building Companies would perform the sound wall work as part of the MoPac Improvement Project. McCarthy Building Companies will perform the work in addition to the original contractor, CH2M.



1. Sabine Street promenade installation


The project will install a right-of-way on Sabine Street between Fourth Street and Sixth Street to make the area more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists and to provide an environment for events. During the first phase of construction, expected to last through the fall, Sabine Street will be reduced to one lane between Fourth and Fifth streets and parking will not be permitted.

Timeline: June 2, 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $2.8 million
Funding sources: City of Austin 2010 and 2012 mobility bonds






2. 183 South project utility work


Central Avenue and Bluestein Drive will be closed at their intersections with US 183 as utility work is performed in the area. The work is part of the ongoing US 183 South toll project, the largest transportation project underway in the region, which will add six tolled lanes on US 183 between Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The project, which began in 2016, recently passed the halfway point.

Timeline: May 11, 2018-Dec. 30, 2019
Cost: $743 million (entire project)
Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority toll revenue bonds, federal loans, Texas Department of Transportation loans






3. MoPac Improvement Project sound wall installation


New sections of sound wall will be installed in the fall. One will be located
A.northbound in front of the Westminster retirement community and the other will be located B. southbound just south of RM 2222. The remaining sound wall work is being completed by contractors CH2M and McCarthy Building Companies.

Timeline: Scheduled to begin fall 2018
Cost: $200 million (entire project)
Funding sources: Capital Area  Metropolitan Planning Organization, TxDOT grants






4. Cap Metro, Ride Austin offer free pickup service in West Austin


After Capital Metro’s “Cap Remap” bus system overhaul took effect on June 3, bus service is no longer offered on Exposition Boulevard between Enfield and Westover roads. In partnership with Ride Austin, Cap Metro has launched an “innovation zone,” offering free trips via Ride Austin for those in the area between their home or work and two nearby Cap Metro bus stations.

Timeline: June 3-Dec. 7
Cost: $24,500
Funding sources: Capital Metro




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