Guadalupe Street Corridor
Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to Guadalupe Street (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to West 29th Street), West 24th Street (Guadalupe Street to North Lamar Boulevard) and Nueces Street (24th Street to Guadalupe Street). As proposed, the City of Austin anticipates investing approximately $19.8 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.
Guadalupe & Lavaca Street Transit Improvements
In summer 2019, the first 2016 Mobility Bond Corridor Construction Program project was completed. Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metro and the Corridor Program Office collaborated to improve one of the highest-volume passenger corridors in the Capital Metro system, and buses began using a bus-only contraflow lane near UT campus on August 18, 2019. The improvements included:
- a new full traffic signal at Lavaca Street and 18th Street, including a bus-only signal phase
- a transit signal at Guadalupe Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
- striping changes on Guadalupe Street, 18th Street and Lavaca Street
- a new northbound contraflow bus lane on Guadalupe Street between 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
- upgrades to the existing bicycle infrastructure on these streets and a new shared use bicycle and pedestrian path on the east side of Guadalupe Street between 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
West Campus Pedestrian Improvements Completed
The City of Austin is improving safety, connectivity and access for pedestrians in the West Campus area by rehabilitating sidewalks, adding new curb ramps and filling in gaps in the existing sidewalk network. Since summer 2019, sidewalk and curb ramp improvements have been made to portions of Nueces Street, 26th Street, 25th Street and 24th Street. Addionally, a new pedestrian crosswalk and signal were added at 24th Street/San Antonio Street.
Additional sidewalk improvements in the West Campus area will be made during a future construction phase.
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.
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.
Learn about planned improvements for the Guadalupe Street corridor
On Monday, April 1, 2019 we hosted the Guadalupe Street Information Fair at University United Methodist Church (2409 Guadalupe Street, 78705) from 3pm to 6pm. At the event, we provided information about planned improvements for the Guadalupe Street corridor and received community feedback.
Below are links to the information materials that were shared at the fair.
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 GuadalupeStreet@austintexas.gov or by calling 512-974-7751.
Corridor Mobility Plan
Corridor Mobility Plans were the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program. The City of Austin finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for Guadalupe Street in December 2017.
This plan recommends improvements for safety, mobility, sustainability, and quality-of-life along Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to West 29th Street, West 24th Street between Guadalupe Street and North Lamar Boulevard and Nueces Street from 24th Street to Guadalupe Street.
Click on the links below to read the plan.
- Guadalupe Street - FINAL Report
- Appendix A - Corridor Conceptual Plans
- Appendix B - Public Involvement
- Appendix C - Public Meeting Boards (see Austin Transportation Department website)
- Appendix D - Health Impact Assessment
- Appendix E - Existing Conditions Traffic Analysis Report and Proposed Conditions
- Appendix F - Center for Transportation Research's Dynamic Traffic Modeling Study
- Appendix G - Capital Metro's Ridership Memorandums
- Appendix H - UT's Guadalupe Street Corridor Safety Study and Recommendations
- Appendix I - Existing Land Use Map
The following outreach was conducted over the course of the Corridor Mobility Plan development process:
- Open house meeting December 13, 2015 to collect initial input on corridor conditions and mobility needs (~80 attendees)
- Open house meeting on May 11, 2016 to get public feedback on the preferred scenario (~80 attendees)
- Business open house meeting on May 11, 2016
- Multiple updates and discussions with business and neighborhood groups
- Online survey (see results of online survey and printed surveys)
Click here to learn about outreach conducted during development of the Corridor Construction Program.