Airport Boulevard Corridor



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Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to Airport Boulevard between North Lamar Boulevard to US 183.  As proposed, the City of Austin anticipates investing approximately $79.9 million from the 2016 Mobility Bond on the improvements, which are included in the Corridor Construction Program, adopted by Austin City Council. The projects are expected to reduce vehicular delay, improve effectiveness of transit, as well as create continuous ADA-compliant sidewalks and continuous bicycle facilities along the entire length of the corridor.
Preliminary engineering is complete and the full design phase of work began in April 2019 when City Council authorized staff to finalize designs and prepare the projects for construction. 

Construction Phasing

Construction of improvements for the Airport Boulevard corridor will be phased in segments. While the bulk of construction is anticipated to occur between 2021-24, the Corridor Program Office (CPO) is evaluating opportunities to get improvements on the ground as soon as possible. View Airport Boulevard flyer - PDF.

Construction Coming Soon

North Lamar Boulevard to East Koenig Lane
Construction of these projects could begin as early as spring 2021. Improvements include:
  • Five upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at:
    • North Lamar Blvd.
    • Guadalupe St.
    • East Highland Mall Blvd.
    • Denson Dr.
    • East Koenig Ln.
  • New shared-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of roadway
  • New midblock pedestrian hybrid beacon (a.k.a signalized pedestrian crosswalk) near entrance to Highland Mall
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro)

Design Underway

Full design of critical mobility and safety improvements for other Airport Boulevard corridor segments is underway.
East 45th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Construction of these projects could begin as early as spring 2022. Improvements include:
  • Seven upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at:
    • East 45th St.
    • I-35 Southbound
    • I-35 Northbound
    • Aldrich St.
    • Schieffer Ave.
    • East 38th Half St.
    • Manor Rd.
  • New shared-use paths on both sides of roadway
  • New midblock pedestrian hybrid beacon (a.k.a signalized pedestrian crosswalk) at:
    • Parkwood Rd.
    • East 40th St.
  • Intersection improvements at Wilshire Blvd.
  • Intersection improvements with turn lane modifications at Manor Rd.
  • New four-way intersection and realignment at Parkwood Rd. and Crestwood Rd.
  • Landscaping near Parkwood Rd. and Crestwood Rd.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to U.S. 183
Construction of these projects could begin as early as spring 2022. Improvements include:
  • Seven upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at:
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    • East 12th St.
    • Oak Springs Dr.
    • Goodwin Ave.
    • Springdale Rd.
    • Bolm Rd.
    • Shady Ln.
  • New shared-use paths on both sides of roadway
  • New midblock pedestrian hybrid beacon (a.k.a signalized pedestrian crosswalk) at:
    • East 14th Half St.
    • South of East 12th St.
    • South of Oak Springs Dr.
    • Gunter St.
  • Intersection improvements at Springdale Rd.
  • Intersection improvements with turn lane modifications at:
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    • East 12th St.
  • Widening the bridge over the Capital Metro Rail line between Springdale Rd. & Bolm Rd.; the existing pedestrian bridge at Goodwin Ave. will be removed
  • Austin Transportation Department is considering options for modifying and improving the Airport Blvd./Bolm Rd./Shady Ln. intersection.
East Koenig Lane to 45th Street
Construction of these projects could begin as early as fall 2022. Improvements include:
  • Three upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at:
    • East Koenig Ln.
    • East 53rd Half St.
    • East 51st St.
  • New shared-use paths along both sides of roadway
  • New midblock pedestrian hybrid beacon (a.k.a signalized pedestrian crosswalk) at: 
    • East 55th St. 
    • East 49th St. 
    • East 46th St. 
  • Improved driveways and turn lanes for better access to businesses
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro)


Preparing for Construction

On April 25, 2019, City Council authorized staff to complete additional design and engineering to prepare the projects for construction.  Activities will include:
  • Developing corridor construction plans and preparing for construction by:
    • Obtaining permits
    • Developing traffic management plans 
    • Coordinating utility relocations 
    • Purchasing right-of-way 
    • Determining construction packaging, phasing and sequencing
  • Designing placemaking areas
  • Completing environmental investigations and documentation 
  • Continuing to explore leveraging/partnership opportunities 
  • Conducting ongoing community engagement with neighborhoods, businesses and property owners to understand their priorities and concerns.
The CPO anticipates that the bulk of construction will occur between 2021-24, but is actively pursuing opportunities to begin work on some projects as soon as possible. 

Public Engagement

Corridor improvements are informed by the community’s needs and input. Community engagement played a critical role in developing the Corridor Construction Program and the Airport Boulevard Corridor Mobility Plan. Public support for the corridor improvements was expressed through voter-passage of the 2016 Mobility Bond.  
Public feedback remains at the heart of our efforts to make this corridor safer and easier to travel. We will continue to engage the public throughout design and construction, share the latest plans with the community by various methods including: public meetings, stakeholder meetings, electronic updates, and more. We welcome your comments and questions, so please feel free to reach out to us:
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Stakeholder Briefings 💼

The CPO has been meeting with various stakeholder groups to discuss improvements and obtain feedback. We are happy to schedule additional meetings upon request.

Engaging with Businesses 🏢

The CPO conducted a series of Business Workshops in October 2018. The owners and representatives of businesses were invited to provide input on how the City can help support businesses during construction. This input is being used to develop a Business Success Toolkit.

Engaging with Property Owners 🏘️

In fall 2017, the CPO sent letters to all corridor-facing property owners along Airport Boulevard to share information about improvement plans. Since 2019, as part of final design, we have been conducting meetings with potentially impacted property owners to share the latest information and obtain feedback, which will be used to refine improvement designs. These meetings are ongoing, and will occur to coincide with each construction segment’s project development process.

Public Meetings 🚪

The CPO has hosted public meetings to share information about planned improvements for Airport Boulevard and receive community feedback throughout the project development process.
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Corridor Mobility Plan

The COA finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for Airport Boulevard in February 2014. This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety along the corridor. The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program
We are actively pursuing funding through various sources to design and construct the improvements that complete the ultimate corridor vision. Potential funding sources include current and future bond funds, grants, partnerships and private investments.

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