Airport Boulevard Corridor
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.
The preliminary engineering phase of work began in April 2018 and included the collection of new information from the community, as well as additional surveys and technical analyses to refine the conceptual improvements recommended in Corridor Mobility Plans.
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
traffic management plans
construction packaging, phasing and sequencing
- Obtaining permits
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 Corridor Program Office 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.
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. The Corridor Program Office will continue to engage the public throughout design and construction. We continue to share the latest plans with the community by various methods including public meetings, stakeholder meetings, electronic updates, and more.
Engaging with Businesses
The Corridor Program Office conducted a series of Business Workshops in October 2018, inviting the owners and representatives of businesses located along the nine roadways where Corridor Construction Program improvements are planned to collect input on how the City can help reduce the impacts of construction. This input is being used to develop a Business Success Plan.
Engaging with Property Owners
In fall 2017, the Corridor Program Office sent letters to all corridor-facing property owners along Airport Boulevard to share information about improvement plans. In 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
The Corridor Program Office has been meeting with various stakeholder groups to discuss improvements and obtain feedback. The Corridor Program Office is happy to schedule additional meetings upon request.
On Monday, June 3, 2019 we hosted public office hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch Public Library (3101 Oak Springs Drive). At the meeting, we provided information about planned improvements for Airport Boulevard and received community feedback. You can review the full Public Meeting & Community Feedback Report to see all details of this meeting.
Below are links to the information materials that were shared at the meeting. Haga clic aquí para Español.
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, we hosted an open house meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Austin Community College Highland (6101 Highland Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78752) At the meeting, we provided information about planned improvements for Airport Boulevard corridor. At this meeting we received community feedback that helped refine the design of the improvements.
You may review the materials shared at the open house, as well as the public feedback received, by viewing the official Public Meeting and Community Feedback Report.
Public feedback remains at the heart of our efforts to make this corridor safer and easier to travel. You can submit comments and/or questions in-person at the Corridor Program Office, 5202 East Ben White Boulevard, or by sending an email to AirportCorridor@AustinTexas.gov or by calling 512-974-7899.
Airport Boulevard Corridor Mobility Plan
The City of Austin 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 Airport Boulevard corridors.
The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program.