9 transportation projects in Northwest Austin to know in August

The city of Austin is helping to pay for upgrades at four intersections along Loop 360, including at Spicewood Springs Road.

The city of Austin is helping to pay for upgrades at four intersections along Loop 360, including at Spicewood Springs Road.




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1. Fieldwork underway on Burnet Road, North Lamar Boulevard
Work to gather more information to design improvements began on
Burnet Road in late July and on North Lamar Boulevard in late June. The information-gathering step is part of the Corridor Construction Program. Crews are conducting topographic, boundary and tree surveys, and the activities will continue through the summer.

Workers are started collecting samples of the pavement, soil and rocks. Drivers may see intermittent daily lane closures on both roads. Read more here.

The city is also hosting an open house for Burnet Road improvements Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. at 2140 Allandale Road.

Timeline: summer-late 2018
Cost: $654,000 (Burnet), $879,000 (North Lamar)
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond






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2. RM 620 repaving
After facing weather delays, the Texas Department of Transportation began repaving RM 620 on July 15. Work is underway on both sections: from the Mansfield Dam to RM 2222 and from Anderson Mill Road to SH 45 N at US 183. Drivers can expect alternating lane closures from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Work will be completed overnight.

Timeline: mid-July-late August
Cost: $1.48 million
Funding source: TxDOT






Ongoing projects

3. I-35 construction
Bridge columns are being built for the new southbound I-35 flyover to northbound US 183, and crews will soon begin work on the southbound I-35 flyover to southbound US 183 bridge columns. Drivers can expect closures at Powell Lane off I-35 and Clock Tower Drive and Carver Avenue off US 183.

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






4. Northern Walnut Creek Trail
Now that trees have been cleared and excavation is complete, crews are building the retaining walls for the switchback on the hill near MoPac.

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






5. Spicewood Springs Road upgrades
The city will host a public meeting Aug. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Westover Hills Church of Christ to update residents on proposed improvements for the two-lane roadway from Mesa Drive to Loop 360.

After the meeting the Austin Transportation Department will use public input to make a recommendation on which alternative to pursue for the design of the project. Comments may be submitted online Aug. 30-Sept. 14 at
www.austintexas.gov/spicewoodspringsrd.

Timeline: 2022 (construction starts)
Cost: $17 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond






6. Loop 360 intersections
TxDOT will upgrade nine intersections along Loop 360, including four that are receiving $46 million from the city of Austin: Westlake Drive, Courtyard Drive, Lakewood Drive and Spicewood Springs Road/Bluffstone Lane. The goal is to remove the signalized intersections and add either an overpass or underpass at each intersection.

Timeline: 2024 (construction begins)
Cost: $250 million
Funding sources: city of Austin, TxDOT






7. Anderson Mill Road improvements
Staffers are still working on the design for the project on Anderson Mill Road from Spicewood Parkway to US 183.

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






8. Bike lanes on Cedar Bend Drive
The city of Austin will be restriping the roadway between MoPac and Metric Boulevard. Bike lanes will be added on both sides of the roadway, and on-street parking will be restricted to the north side only.

Timeline: mid-2018
Cost: TBD
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond






9. New low-water crossing bridge
Travis County is seeking requests for proposals for a project to replace a low-water crossing on Spicewood Springs Road with a new bridge. Design of the project began in the spring and is scheduled to be finished this fall.

Timeline: summer 2020-summer 2021
Cost: $3.8 million
Funding source: 2017 county bond


By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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