Central Austin transportation updates for July

The Capitol Complex Master Plan project will build a tree-lined mall and two office buildings near the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin.

The Capitol Complex Master Plan project will build a tree-lined mall and two office buildings near the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin.

Know the latest on these four transportation projects going on around Central Austin.

1.183 South project

This project will add a three-lane tolled expressway and improve the nontolled lanes on US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board approved toll rates for this phase June 26. The interim rate for 2019 will start at $0.65 for two-axle vehicles using an electronic tag. In July, CTRMA began a series of significant traffic shifts ahead of the demolition and reconstruction of the northbound US 183 bridge over the Colorado River, which is scheduled to close to traffic. Work is expected to take about one year; travel delays are likely.
Timeline: 2016-20
Cost: $743 million
Funding sources:  CTRMA toll revenue bonds, federal loans, Texas Department of Transportation loans

2. Shoal Creek Boulevard improvements

After a six-month public input process, the city of Austin will build a new one-way protected bike lane on both sides of Shoal Creek between Hwy. 183 and Foster Lane and a two-way protected bike lane on Shoal Creek Boulevard between Foster and 38th Street. The project also includes a new pedestrian and bicycle underpass at RM 2222, intersection improvements, and new pedestrian crossings and sidewalks.
Timeline: July 2019-early 2020 (first phase)
Cost: $3 million-$4 million
Funding source: 2016 city of Austin mobility bond

3. Guadalupe corridor improvements

The city of Austin and Capital Metro are working to improve traffic at the Lavaca Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersections. Buses traveling north on Lavaca will turn left on 18th Street rather than at MLK. Guadalupe Street is one-way traveling south, so buses will use a separated contraflow lane to pass north through the intersection at MLK using a bus-only signal. In June, crews completed a bicycle and pedestrian path and new sidewalks on Guadalupe between 18th and MLK.
Timeline: May-September
Cost: $1.25 million
Funding source: 2016 city of Austin mobility bond

4. Capitol Complex Master Plan

This project will construct a tree-lined pedestrian mall and two state office buildings on Congress Avenue north of the Capitol building. As of late June, a foundation contractor had begun drilling piers for the structure of the new building at A. 1801 Congress Ave.; drilling and excavation continues at B. 1601 Congress; and utility work will cause lane closures on   C. Colorado Street between 16th and 17th streets. Additionally, the city of Austin converted D. 17th and 18th streets between San Jacinto Boulevard and Trinity Street from one-way to two-way traffic patterns.
Timeline: 2018-22
Cost: $581 million (Phase 1)
Funding source: Texas Facilities Commission

By Jack Flagler

Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.


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