Transportation updates—Central Austin, October 2014

1. South Congress Avenue

Street improvements will be made from Lady Bird Lake to Oltorf Street to preserve and enhance the historic and cultural value of the corridor and improve pedestrian safety. Improvements will include new traffic signals, street repavement, more back-in angled parking, new bulb-out curb extensions at signalized intersections and handicap-accessible parking.

Timeline: Post-construction complete by August 2015

Cost: $3.96 million

Funding sources: 1998 transportation bond money

2. Colorado Street

Full reconstruction and utility adjustments will take place from Seventh to 10th streets. Work also includes storm drain, water and wastewater line improvements as well as new sidewalks, curbs, gutters and ramps. New non-automotive features will include bicycle racks, benches, trees and trash receptacles.

Timeline: Spring 2015–fall 2016

Cost: $6 million

Funding sources: 2006 and 2012 transportation bond money, 2010 mobility bond money

3. East 51st Street

Improvements will be made from I-35 to Berkman Drive adjacent to the Mueller development. Reconstruction includes lane modifications as well as new medians, sidewalks, drainage systems, curbs, gutters and landscaping to improve bicycle and pedestrian access.

Timeline: Project in design phase; construction could begin by March

Cost: $3.3 million

Funding sources: 2012 transportation and mobility bond money

4. Justin Lane

The street will be reconstructed from Burnet Road to Reese Lane, and water line improvements will be made from Burnet Road to North Lamar Boulevard. Work will include pavement, drainage and water line improvements as well as the installation of new handicap-compliant curbs, sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

Timeline: July 2015–spring 2016

Cost: $6.3 million

Funding sources: 2000 transportation bond money, 2012 transportation and mobility bond money

5. Third Street (Phase 2)

The project reconstructs the road from Congress Avenue to Brazos Street and from San Jacinto Boulevard to Trinity Street. The full reconstruction includes new drainage systems, water lines, widened sidewalks, street trees and room for the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, which will be separated from vehicle traffic with concrete barriers.

Timeline: Construction complete by February

Cost: $2.61 million

Funding sources: City of Austin

6. Shoal Creek Greenbelt

Improvements will be made from Fifth Street to West Avenue to make the bicycle and pedestrian trail ADA-compliant. Construction crews will also relocate a wastewater line, add lighting and stabilize the stream bank. Also, a gap will be closed on the west bank of Shoal Creek by building a bridge with landings at Fourth and Rio Grande streets as well as at West Third Street and West Avenue.

Timeline: Bids to be returned by Nov. 10; construction December—late December 2015

Cost: $5.36 million

Funding sources: 2010 mobility bond money

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.