February updates on mobility projects in the neighborhood:
City of Austin Local Mobility Plan 2018 Projects. Two key projects aimed at vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety are slated for construction using 2016 Bond funding. Construction of intersection improvements at Congress and Oltorf aims to reduce collisions and increase bicycle and pedestrian safety with dedicated pathways, reduced driveways and center lane medians. Austin Transportation Department estimates completion Summer 2018.
The second bond-funded Local Mobility project slated for construction in 2018 is the sidewalk project along Long Bow, Carnarvon and St. Edwards Drive. The goal is to increase pedestrian safety on key routes that connect people and places to the Congress Avenue bus system.
Additional City of Austin Transportation Department projects scheduled for construction in 2018 include:
1) Traffic calming project along St. Edwards Drive. Phase 1 includes speed cushions engineered to slow vehicle traffic from IH-35 to Eastside Drive. According to ATD staff, placement and spacing of cushions will be determined by engineering practices and empirical experience. Phase 1 is scheduled to begin construction Spring 2018 and be completed by Summer 2018. Phase 2 will include medians and pedestrian refuge islands along St. Edwards Drive between Eastside Drive and Carnarvon. The final design of Phase 2 will depend upon the configuration of the sidewalk project, and is anticipated to commence upon completion of the sidewalk project.
2) Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Riverside and Alameda. This pedestrian activated beacon is funded by the “quarter cent” revenue shared by Cap Metro and has been issued for construction in Spring 2018.
Planning level projects in the neighborhood include the South Congress Avenue Mobility Plan, another City of Austin Transportation Department effort, funded separately from Bond or quarter cent revenue.
As part of the South Congress Avenue Corridor Mobility Plan development, the City of Austin will seek input from the community through two rounds of public engagement. The first portion of public engagement is occurring throughout Spring 2018. Please join us at one of our upcoming public engagement events:
Date: Saturday, February 10th
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (stop by anytime!)
Location: Jo’s Coffee (1300 S. Congress Avenue)
Description: Stop by our table anytime to learn more about development of the South Congress Avenue Corridor Mobility Plan and the Corridor Mobility Program. You can fill out a brief survey and chat with members of our team.
Public Open House Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 27th
Time: 5 – 8 p.m. (stop by anytime!)
Location: Fulmore Middle School (201 E. Mary St.)
Description: Drop in our Public Open House meeting on February 27th to speak with the Corridor Mobility Team, to see large maps of the Corridor Mobility Plan area, to fill out a brief survey, and to provide detailed feedback about potential mobility improvements you’d like to see along South Congress Avenue.
Last but not least, Cap Metro is seeking input on mass transit options for Congress Avenue via their Project Connect
effort. You can peruse the website and SRCC has invited a Cap Metro rep to attend our April meeting.
Stay tuned for details.