Burnet Road Corridor
Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to Burnet Road between Koenig Lane and MoPac Expressway. As proposed, the City of Austin anticipates investing between $45 million to $55 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.
Construction Phasing: First Out Projects
Construction of improvements for the Burnet Road corridor will be phased in four segments. While the bulk of construction is anticipated to occur between 2021-24, the Corridor Program Office will break ground on critical safety and mobility locations sooner.
We anticipate construction beginning at the Braker Lane/Burnet Road intersection in late 2020. Construction between Koenig Lane and White Horse Trail is expected to begin in fall 2021. Both construction projects are anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.
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 Burnet/North Lamar 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.
Coffee on the Corridor: Burnet Road
The Corridor Program Office has hosted two Coffee on the Corridor meetings for Burnet Road at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756). At both meetings, we provided information about planned improvements and upcoming construction projects at the intersection of Braker Lane and Burnet Road and between Koenig Lane and White Horse Trail. Additional Coffee on the Corridor meetings are scheduled on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Recycled Reads:
- June 4, 2020
- September 3, 2020
- December 3, 2020
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.
Open House II & Office Hours
On Thursday, June 13, 2019 we hosted Public Office Hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. At the meeting, we provided information about planned improvements for Burnet Road. Additionally, on Tuesday, July 9 we hosted a Public Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church (2140 Allandale Rd.).
Below are links to the information materials that were shared at these meetings.
Open House I
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, we hosted an open house meeting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church (2140 Allandale Rd, Austin, TX 78756.) At the meeting, we provided information about planned improvements for Burnet Road 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 Burnet@AustinTexas.gov or by calling 512-974-7899.
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 Burnet Road 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.
Burnet/North Lamar Corridor Mobility Plan
The City of Austin finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for Burnet Road/North Lamar Boulevard in December 2013. This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety along the Burnet Road and North Lamar Boulevard corridors.The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program.
Recommended improvements included in the Burnet Road/North Lamar Boulevard Corridor Mobility Plan informed near-term, funded improvement plans as well as improvement plans included in the ultimate vision for the corridor.
The Corridor Program Office is 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.