Transportation Updates

1. East 51st Street improvements


Transportation Updates—Central Austin East 51st Street improvements[/caption]

This project includes street improvements on East 51st Street adjacent to the Mueller development from I-35 to Berkman Drive, including lane modifications, medians, sidewalks, drainage systems, curbs, gutters and landscaping in an effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to the Mueller neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods such as Windsor Park. Preliminary construction work began in May on an unrelated Texas Department of Transportation project that improves the I-35 and East 51st Street intersection. The TxDOT construction has resulted in the loss of a dedicated right-turn lane on East 51st Street, causing some traffic delays that have made it difficult to get into adjacent businesses, such as Hope Family Thrift Store and Ferguson Plumbing. Hope Family Thrift Store staffers recommend customers use a back entrance facing 52nd Street as an alternative.
Timeline: design phase ongoing through end of 2015
Cost: $4.2 million
Funding sources: 2012 transportation and mobility improvement bond money, Mueller Redevelopment Project funds

2. MoPac toll lanes


Transportation Updates—Central Austin MoPac toll lanes[/caption]

In April the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority installed two sections of the new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks. The final piece will be installed soon, and crews will be adding sidewalks and the shared-use path throughout the project between Parmer Lane and Lady Bird Lake. Other activities include construction of an auxiliary lane on northbound MoPac near Steck Avenue and finishing asphalt paving north of US 183.
Timeline: October 2013-fall 2015
Cost: $204 million
Funding sources: state and federal funds

3. Loop 360 improvement


Transporation Updates—Central Austin Loop 360 improvements[/caption]

TxDOT will add auxiliary lanes on Loop 360 to improve intersections with Walsh Tarlton Lane, the Barton Creek Square Mall entrance, MoPac, and the intersection just south of MoPac. TxDOT will also add a left-turn lane on the northbound frontage road of MoPac at Loop 360, replace traffic signals and adjust signal timing. TxDOT plans to begin construction in winter 2015.
Timeline: winter 2015-spring 2017
Cost: $5 million
Funding sources: TxDOT funds
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.


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