Whether you drive, roll, or walk, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) works to improve your transportation options. ATD is evaluating Bluebonnet Lane from Del Curto Road to Melridge Place and Melridge Place from Bluebonnet Lane to Rabb Road for changes to enhance the safety and mobility of everyone who uses these streets.
Bluebonnet Lane and Melridge Place provide access to Zilker Elementary School, Little Zilker Park, businesses, and the Zilker and South Lamar neighborhoods. Funding for this project is available from the 2016 Mobility Bond Bikeways, Corridor, and Safe Routes to School programs.
Project Open House
ATD welcomes your ideas! Feedback from the people who use these streets often results in project outcomes that better reflect community needs. A preliminary design will be available at the project open house along with the project team to answer your questions.
Date: Thursday, January 23
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Swing by anytime!)
Place: Zilker Elementary - Cafeteria
The survey and materials presented will be available online starting on January 23. The survey will be open through Sunday, February 23.
Project Background and Goals
ATD has received requests from local residents for upgrades to the existing protected bikeway and pedestrian crossings for Bluebonnet Lane and Melridge Place. There is also an opportunity to extend the protected bikeway south on Bluebonnet Lane in coordination with routine street maintenance (resurfacing and restriping) between South Lamar Boulevard and Del Curto Road. The proposed changes were identified from recommendations in the Austin Bicycle Plan, the Corridor Mobility Program’s South Lamar Corridor Improvement Program, Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Reports, and the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
- Bluebonnet Lane/Melridge Place (Rabb Road – Rabb Glen Street): Upgrading the protection in the existing two-way protected bikeway to concrete traffic buttons. Planters are also under consideration, pending a maintenance agreement with neighborhood partners.
- Bluebonnet Lane (Rabb Glen Street – South Lamar Boulevard): New extension of the two-way protected bikeway on the west curb. This proposal would replace the existing one-way bicycle lanes, maintain one general travel lane in each direction, and consolidate parking to the east side of the street.
- Bluebonnet Lane (South Lamar Boulevard – Del Curto Road): New extension of the two-way protected bikeway on the west curb across the intersection of Bluebonnet Lane and South Lamar Boulevard to Del Curto Road, where the bikeway would transition to a shared use path.
- Rundell Place and Ann Arbor Avenue: Shorten crossing distances by adding curb extensions and crosswalks.
- Bluebonnet Lane (midblock between South Lamar Boulevard and Del Curto Road, Arpdale Street, Meadowridge Drive, Ford Street, Anita Drive, Ashby Avenue): New pedestrian crossing islands that enable people walking to stop and scan for oncoming traffic one lane at a time, while slowing motor vehicle traffic and improving driver yielding behavior.
- Bluebonnet Lane (Rabb Glen Street, midblock at Little Zilker Park, Hether Street): Improvements to existing pedestrian crossings by adding crossing islands, crosswalks, curb ramps, and/or curb extensions.
- New and improved pedestrian crossings may result in minor impacts to on-street parking.
Austin Transportation wants to hear from people who live, work, and travel on Bluebonnet Lane from Del Curto Road to Melridge Place and Melridge Place from Bluebonnet Lane to Rabb Road.
For questions about the project, email Neil Quarles or call 512-974-7657.
For media inquiries, email Sam Haynes or call 512-974-7724
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