Construction begins on final piece of Northern Walnut Creek Trail & 6 other transportation updates in Northwest Austin


Several city of Austin and Texas Department of Transportation projects made progress this month in the Northwest Austin area. Find updates on local and regional work being done or planned as well as on a North Austin trail.

1. Northern Walnut Creek Trail

The contractor began construction in mid-April on the last section of the first phase of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones District Park. The project includes a 10-foot-wide concrete hike and bike trail as well as 200 feet of sidewalk, retaining walls and stormwater facilities. Access to the baseball field will be temporarily restricted off Stony Drive. The trail also is closed during construction. Design work wraps up this spring on Phase 2 that would extend the trail to I-35, and construction will start in 2019.

Timeline: mid-April-October 2018
Cost: $610,484
Funding sources: city of Austin bonds

2. Sidewalk project updates

The city of Austin planning to build two sidewalk segments. The first project on Adelphi Lane is on hold for coordination with area projects and is part of the Safe Routes to School program. The second segment is on McNeil Drive and involves filling in any sidewalk gaps.

Timeline: mid-late 2018
Cost: $230,000 (McNeil)
Funding source: city of Austin Quarter Center Fund (McNeil)

3. North Lamar Boulevard sidewalks

The city has finished filling in any sidewalk gaps and bringing sidewalks up to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements along North Lamar between US 183 and Parmer Lane. Construction of new sidewalks will continue on the west side of Lamar.

Timeline: May 2017-late 2018
Cost: $1.5 million
Funding sources: city of Austin 2012 bond, TxDOT grant

4. I-35 construction

Workers are continuing construction activities on I-35 between Rundberg Lane and US 290 East, such as excavation, drilling for shafts and clearing TxDOT right of way so crews can work on three flyovers at US 183. The St. Johns Avenue bridge reconstruction is expected to begin this summer. Nightly lane closures also continue in the area.

Timeline: January 2018-2021
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

5. Spicewood Springs Road upgrades

Staffers are working on the draft preliminary engineering report and plan to share recommendations for improvements with the public in late spring. The report will identify proposals for the two-lane roadway from west of Mesa Drive to Loop 360.

Timeline: fall 2019-2020
Cost: $17 million
Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

6. Anderson Mill Road improvements

Staffers have finished the preliminary engineering report and started working on design in April for projects on Anderson Mill Road from Spicewood Parkway to US 183. During design, recommendations will be refined, and public engagement will continue.

Timeline: 2020-21
Cost: $7.26 million
Funding sources: 2010 and 2016 mobility bonds, Quarter Cent Fund

7. RM 620 repaving

Once overnight temperatures warm up, TxDOT will begin repaving RM 620 from the Mansfield Dam to RM 2222 and from
Anderson Mill Road to SH 45 N at US 183.

Timeline: mid-2018
Cost: $1.48 million
Funding source: TxDOT

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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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