Burnet Road Corridor

We’re excited to announce that the summary report for the public hearing, including responses to comments received, is available for review here. For more information about the virtual public hearing, click tile below.


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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.
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 Burnet Road corridor will be phased. 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 Burnet Road flyer - PDF.

Design Underway

Full design of critical mobility and safety improvements for other Burnet Road corridor segments is underway.
U.S. 183 to MoPac/Loop 1
The City of Austin is currently conducting an environmental analysis of mobility and safety improvements on Burnet Road between U.S. 183 and the MoPac frontage road to understand the potential impacts. The analysis was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for this state-owned portion of Burnet Road. If environmental clearance is received, construction of some projects could begin as early as late 2020. Improvements include: 
  • Eight upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at: 
    • Waterford Centre Blvd. 
    • Longhorn Blvd. 
    • Rutland Dr. 
    • Braker Ln. 
    • Kramer Ln. 
    • Esperanza Crossing 
    • Palm Way 
    • Gault Ln. 
  • Upgrades to drainage to a closed storm system to support mobility improvements
  • Intersection improvements with turn lane modifications at:
    • Braker Ln. 
    • Esperanza Crossing
    • Palm Way 
  • New shared-use paths to create continuous ADA-compliant sidewalks and bicycle facilities on both sides of the roadway
  • Pavement rehabilitation 
  • Raised median islands at the Braker Ln. intersection  
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro)  
White Horse Trail to U.S. 183
Construction of these projects could begin as early as late 2020. Improvements include: 
  • 10 upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at: 
    • White Horse Trl.
    • Justin Ln.
    • Greenlawn Pkwy.
    • Richcreek Rd.
    • Saint Joseph Blvd.
    • Northcross Dr.
    • Anderson Ln.
    • Steck Ave.
    • Ohlen Rd./Buell Ave.
    • Rockwood Ln.
  • New shared-use paths to create continuous ADA-compliant sidewalks and bicycle facilities on both sides of the roadway
  • Pavement rehabilitation 
  • Intermittent median islands between Koenig Ln. and Ashdale Dr.
  • New midblock pedestrian crosswalk signals (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons) at Twin Oaks Dr., Penny Ln./Doris Dr. and South of U.S. 183
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro) 

Coming Soon: First Out Projects

Braker Lane/Burnet Road Intersection
If environmental clearance is received, construction of mobility and safety improvements at the Braker Lane/Burnet Road intersection is anticipated to begin in late 2020. Work on the first phase of improvements is expected to take approximately one year to complete. Some improvements may be implemented during a future construction phase. Improvements include: 
  • Upgraded traffic signal with enhanced technology at Braker Ln. 
  • Additional left turn lanes to make dual-left turns at all four intersection approaches 
  • Raised median islands at all four intersection approaches 
  • Pavement rehabilitation
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro) 
  • Upgraded drainage to a closed storm system to support mobility improvements
  • Shared-use paths for bikes and pedestrians in some areas
  • Protected bike lanes in some areas where sidewalk is present 
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Koenig Lane to White Horse Trail
Construction of mobility and safety improvements between Koenig Lane and White Horse Trail is anticipated from Fall 2021 – Fall 2022. Some improvements may be implemented during a future construction phase. Improvements include: 
  • Upgraded traffic signals with enhanced technology at Koenig Ln. and Romeria Dr.
  • New midblock pedestrian crosswalk signal (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon) at White Rock Dr. 
  • Additional right turn lanes at the eastbound and westbound intersection approaches 
  • Conversion of acceleration lane to pedestrian landscape in front of Lamar Middle School 
  • White Rock Dr. access reconfiguration
  • Raised median island from Koenig Ln. to White Horse Tr. 
  • Bus stop improvements (in partnership with Capital Metro) 
  • Shared-use paths for bikes and pedestrians in some areas
  • Protected bike lanes in some areas where sidewalk is present 
  • Pavement rehabilitation
  • Placemaking along Allandale Rd. 

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 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. 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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Coffee on the Corridor 

We hosted two Coffee on the Corridor meetings for Burnet Road at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd.).  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. - 10 a.m. at Recycled Reads:
  • September 3, 2020 
  • December 3, 2020

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 and one for the Burnet Road Corridor in May 2019. 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 Burnet Road 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 Burnet Road and receive community feedback throughout the project development process. 
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Virtual Public Hearing (US 183 to the MoPac Frontage Road) 💻

We held a virtual public hearing for the state-owned section of Burnet Road between US 183 and the MoPac Frontage Road as part of the environmental process. A presentation explaining the proposed improvements and environmental reports was made available to the public from May 20 to June 5, 2020.

Corridor Mobility Plan

The COA 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. 
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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