Austin starts preliminary engineering on Anderson Mill, Spicewood Springs road bond projects

Widening Anderson Mill Road is one project that is in the city's $720 million bond approved by voters Nov. 8.

Widening Anderson Mill Road is one project that is in the city's $720 million bond approved by voters Nov. 8.

Work is starting up to plan two Northwest Austin transportation projects receiving funding from the 2016 Mobility Bond Program.

Spicewood Springs Road

Preliminary engineering is underway on improvements on Spicewood Springs Road from Mesa Drive to Loop 360 that may include expanding the two-lane road to four lanes and adding signals, medians, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as reconstructing driveways.

The city is collecting data on the road and will do an environmental survey.

A public meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Westover Church of Christ, 8322 Mesa Drive, Austin. More information may be found at

Timeline: fall 2019 (start date)
Cost: $17 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond Program

Anderson Mill Road

The city has also begun preliminary engineering for improvements to Anderson Mill Road that may include changes to traffic signals, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, median turn lanes, and driveway reconstruction on the roadway from Spicewood Parkway to US 183.

Staffers recently completed collecting data and surveying the roadway and will review the community engagement, data and constraints to identify solutions.

After completing preliminary engineering, staffers will provide a more precise cost estimate for the project. Some funding could be reallocated from the city’s Quarter Cent Fund—money left over from Capital Metro for the failed 2000 light rail bond—for the project if determined necessary.

Timeline: summer 2019 (construction start date)
Cost: $7.26 million
Funding source: 2010, 2016 bond programs

Recent bond projects

The city completed new sidewalks that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and curb ramps near Padron Elementary School on Colony Creek Drive from Galewood Drive to West Pointer Lane.

Timeline: August
Cost: $50,000
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond Program

In mid-September, the city will wrap up a project to add ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb ramp improvements on Lazy Lane from Dale to Wooten drives to help students have a safe route to Wooten Elementary School.

Timeline: September
Cost: $118,000
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond Program
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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