Alexander Avenue, Clarkson Avenue, E 34th Street

Austin Transportation Department (ATD) is evaluating E 34th Street, Clarkson Avenue, and Alexander Avenue from E 17th Street to Cherrywood Road for changes to enhance the safety and mobility of everyone who uses these streets.
Funding has been identified from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Sidewalks, and Urban Trails Local Mobility Programs. ATD is proposing changes to provide an all ages and abilities bikeway, improved walkways, and upgraded crossings.

Open House: February 20

The project team hosted an open house on February 20 at Maplewood Elementary.
The comment period was open through Wednesday, March 13, 2019.  Staff anticipates finalizing a design this spring.

Project Background and Goals

ATD is proposing changes to provide an all ages and abilities bikeway, improved walkways, and crossings, as recommended in the Austin Bicycle Plan, the Sidewalk Plan, and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. This proposal offers a safe, comfortable option to walk, bicycle, or roll to many neighborhood destinations, including Campbell Elementary, Acton Academy, MLK Station, Sustainable Food Center community garden, and places of worship. This project connects to soon-to-be completed urban trails that would allow people to take protected bicycle lanes and shared use paths to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.
The proposed changes are expected to encourage slower motor vehicle speeds and improve predictability between different users by dedicating space to walking and biking. This project is a part of the planned Red Line Trail.

Proposed Changes

  1. Cherrywood Road and E 34th Street: A flexpost crossing island, requiring some minor parking restrictions on the west side of Cherrywood Road at the intersection.
  2. Clarkson Avenue and E 34th Street (Cherrywood Road to Randolph Road): Extension of the existing Red Line Trail through the Elan East Apartments north to Cherrywood Road via a shared use path adjacent to the railroad tracks. Parking would be removed on the east side of the street, with the exception of several parking pockets near residences that would retain their existing use. This segment would also include a neighborhood bikeway, which includes new signage and markings integrated with existing speed cushions.
  3. Alexander Avenue and Manor Road: High-visibility crosswalk, shorter crossing distance for bicyclists and pedestrians, and improved signage.
  4. Alexander Avenue (Manor Road to MLK Jr. Boulevard): A two-way protected bikeway. Parking would be removed on the east side of the street. Parking would remain on the west side, except for minor restrictions at the intersections.
  5. Alexander Avenue (East 17th Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard): A relocated bicycle facility to a raised two-way protected bikeway on the east side of the street, connecting to the Upper Boggy Creek Trail at MLK Station. Conversion of the existing painted bicycle lanes to on-street parking on both sides of the street, adding about 20 parking spaces. 
Rendering of Clarkson Avenue and East 34th Street. Family on bicycles riding on the sidewalk.
Rendering of Alexander Avenue between MAnor Road and MLK Jr. Boulevard. Bicyclist is riding on a two-way protected bikeway.
Image of bicyclist riding on Alexander Avenue between East 17th Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard

Proposed Parking Changes

  • Clarkson Avenue and E 34th Street (Cherrywood Road to Randolph Road): Parking would be removed on the east side of the street, with the exception of several parking pockets near residences that would retain their existing use.
  • Alexander Avenue (Manor Road to MLK Jr. Boulevard): Parking would be removed on the east side of the street. Parking would remain on the west side, except for minor restrictions at the intersections.
  • Alexander Avenue (East 17th Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard): Conversion of the existing painted bicycle lanes to on-street parking on both sides of the street, adding about 20 parking spaces.

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Austin Transportation wants to hear from people who live, work, and travel on Alexander Avenue, Clarkson Avenue, and E 34th Street.
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Send an email to Tyler Wong or call (512) 974-7061.
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