7 transportation projects Northwest Austin residents should know in December


Construction continues on two transit and transportation projects while planning remains in full swing for five others. Here are the latest updates on projects in the Northwest Austin area.

1. New MetroRapid stations

Construction continues on eight station pairs, or 16 bus stops, along Capital Metro’s two MetroRapid bus lines. In mid-December two station pairs in North Austin were completed and put into service on Route 801 at North Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane, and on Route 801 at North Lamar and Fairfield Drive. A third station pair on Route 803 at Burnet Road and Rutland Drive will open in January.

Timeline: summer 2018-early 2019
Cost: $3.6 million
Funding source: Capital Metro

2. Loop 360 intersections

The Texas Department of Transportation will add overpasses or underpasses at nine intersections, including at Spicewood Springs Road/Bluffstone Lane. TxDOT held an open house Nov. 13 for residents to see proposed designs, which includes adding an overpass with signalized frontage roads. At Spicewood Springs Road West, left-turns will be eliminated.

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

3. Spicewood Springs Road

The city of Austin announced a final option Oct. 29 for improvements to the road between Loop 360 and Mesa Drive. The option includes two travel lanes in each direction, a raised median with left-turn bays, and a shared-use path on both sides of the road for pedestrians and bikes.

Timeline: 2021 (construction starts)
Cost: $17 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

4. I-35 construction

Starting Dec. 9, TxDOT temporarily shifted traffic and reduced lanes on the St. Johns Avenue bridge for utility work. Crews continue construction on the three new flyovers between I-35 and US 183.

Timeline: January 2018-21
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

5. Anderson Mill Road improvements

The city expects to host a public meeting in early 2019 on the 60 percent complete design plans for improvements on the road between Spicewood Parkway and US 183.

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

6. North Lamar Boulevard upgrades

The city of Austin and Capital Metro hosted an open house Dec. 3 for the corridor. Preliminary engineering work on the road between US 183 and I-35 will be finished in early 2019.

Timeline: 2021-24 (construction)
Cost: $66.8 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

7. Burnet Road upgrades

Burnet Road upgrades
The city will wrap up preliminary engineering in early 2019 on the roadway between MoPac and Koenig Lane.
Timeline: 2021-24 (construction)
Cost: $53.2 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

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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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