Northwest Austin Transportation Updates—October 2015

Northwest Austin Transportation Updates—October 2015

1. Dedicated left-turn lane

On Oct. 1, City Council approved a cost-share agreement for $130,078 with Austin Board of Realtors to fund construction of a left-turn lane on Spicewood Springs Road and drainage improvements on ABoR’s property, 4800 Spicewood Springs Road. ABoR is contributing $310,864 toward the project, which aims to relieve congestion on the two-lane roadway. A start date for construction has not been set.

Timeline: TBD
Cost: $440,942
Funding sources: ABoR, city of Austin

2. MoPac construction

This fall crews are continuing installation of a retaining wall for a bypass lane at Steck Avenue on the northbound side of MoPac. Work also continues to widen bridges at Waters Park Road and Park Bend Drive as well as at RM 2222. Paving of the variable-priced toll, or express, lanes is ongoing between Parmer Lane and RM 2222. Overhead signs are also being installed.

Timeline: October 2013-2016
Cost: $204 million
Funding sources: state and federal funds

3. Parmer Lane resurfacing

The Texas Department of Transportation will repair and resurface the portion of Parmer Lane from SH 45 N to the Travis County line just north of McNeil Drive. The project goes out for bids in January.

Timeline: summer 2016 (construction)
Cost: estimated $2.55 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

4. US 183 frontage roads

TxDOT began resurfacing the US 183 frontage roads from Anderson Mill Road to McNeil Drive in mid-October. Construction will take about one month to complete, depending on the weather, TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna said.

Timeline: October-November
Cost: $2 million
Funding sources: state funds

5. Water main upgrades

Austin Water Utility is continuing a project to upgrade wastewater lines in the Barrington Oaks neighborhood to improve capacity. The work affects Danwood Drive from Kapok Lane to Barrington Way and Barrington from Danwood to Pilgrims Place.

Timeline: August-May
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding sources: Austin Water Utility
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and 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. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.