East Riverside Drive Corridor

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Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to East Riverside Drive between I-35 and SH 71.  As proposed, the City of Austin anticipates investing approximately $60-70 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. 
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Construction Phasing

Construction of improvements for the East Riverside Drive Corridor will be phased in segments. While the bulk of construction is anticipated to occur between 2022-24, the Corridor Program Office (CPO) is evaluating opportunities to get improvements on the ground as soon as possible. View East Riverside Drive Corridor flyer - PDF.

Construction Coming Soon!

This spring, the City of Austin is improving mobility, safety, and connectivity at four intersections on East Riverside Drive. Construction could begin as early as Summer 2020 and should be completed by Winter 2020.
Improvements include: 
Burton Drive/Tinnin Ford Road Intersection
  • Extended left turn bays at Royal Crest Drive and Tinnin Ford Road (both directions) to accommodate more vehicles and reduce rear end collisions
  • Upgraded traffic signal
  • Improved curb ramps 
  • Improved pedestrian crossing 
  • Closed median opening at Town Creek Drive
  • Closed median opening between Tinnin Ford Road and Willow Creek Drive
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Willow Creek Drive Intersection
  • Extended turn bay from westbound Riverside Drive to southbound Willow Creek Drive to accommodate more vehicles and reduce rear end collisions
  • Upgraded traffic signal 
  • Improved curb ramps
Wickersham Lane Intersection
  • Extended turn bay from westbound Riverside Drive to southbound Wickersham Lane to accommodate more vehicles and reduce rear end collisions
  • New right turn lane from westbound Riverside Drive to northbound Wickersham Lane 
  • Improved curb ramps
Coriander Drive Intersection 
  • Extended left turn bay to accommodate more vehicles and reduce rear end collisions 
  • New traffic signal 
  • Improved curb ramps 
  • Closed median at Uphill Lane 
  • Median adjustment will restrict left turns from
    • Airport Commerce Drive to eastbound Riverside Drive
    • Riverside Drive to southbound Airport Commerce Drive

Design Underway

Full design of critical mobility and safety improvements for other East Riverside Drive corridor segments is underway, and construction is anticipated in 2022. 
 I-35 to Shore District Drive
Improvements will include: 
  • Upgraded signal at Lakeshore Drive 
  • New signal at Summit Street 
  • Bus stop improvements and high capacity transit compatibility 
  • Operational improvements to intersections and medians 
Shore District Drive to Montopolis Drive
Improvements will include:
  • Up to two miles of full-street reconstruction
  • Protected bicycle lanes separated from vehicular traffic on both sides of the roadway
  • 7’ wide ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the roadway
  • Trees, landscaping, and streetscaping enhancements
  • New or upgraded traffic signals and operational improvements at 12 intersections
  • Three new signalized cross-walks (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons)
  • Bus stop improvements and high capacity transit compatibility
  • New street lighting
  • Upgraded drainage system
Completed Projects
Where possible, we are installing critical safety and mobility improvements at key intersections sooner. The Local Program of the 2016 Mobility Bond completed improvements on Wickersham Drive in 2019.

Preparing for Construction 

On April 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.

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 East Riverside Drive 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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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 walked East Riverside Boulevard in March 2020 to share information about improvement plans with corridor businesses. We also 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 Toolkit. 

Engaging with Property Owners 🏘️

In fall 2017, the CPO sent letters to all corridor-facing property owners along East Riverside Drive 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.

Public Meetings 🚪

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, we hosted an open house meeting at IDEA Montopolis, to share information about planned improvements for East Riverside Drive and obtain community feedback to refine the design of the improvements. Click here to view the official Public Meeting and Community Feedback Report.
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Corridor Mobility Plan

The City of Austin finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for East Riverside Drive in December 2013.  This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety along the corridor. The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program.

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