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.
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.
Click here to view a preliminary map of the funded improvement plans for the Guadalupe Street corridor. This schematic map is not final. As a result of current design phase activities, improvement plans shown may have been refined since the map's last update.

Construction Coming Soon

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Phase II Contraflow
Austin Transportation Department (ATD), Capital Metro, and the Corridor Program Office (CPO) are partnering once again in 2021 to make additional multimodal improvements near the UT campus that build upon projects completed in 2019. These include:
  • New shared-use path on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Lavaca Street to Guadalupe Street)
  • Pavement resurfacing, restriping, new red paint, and a protected bike lane on the east side of Lavaca Street (18th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
  • Concrete paving and raised curb to protect bike lane on 18th Street (Lavaca Street to Guadalupe Street)
  • Upgraded crosswalks on Lavaca Street at 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard 
  • New bike and pedestrian crossing at the Guadalupe Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersection
  • New northbound contraflow bus-only lane with red paint on Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 20th Street
COVID-19
The City of Austin’s top priority is the health and safety of our crews and the public. The COVID-19 pandemic is being monitored daily and may impact construction schedules. For COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.


Design Underway

Full design of critical mobility and safety improvements for other Guadalupe Street corridor segments is underway.
Nueces Street (24th Street to Guadalupe Street)
Construction is estimated to begin in 2021. Improvements include:
  • Restripe from one-way to two-way traffic
  • New or rehabilitated ADA-compliant sidewalks
  • New southbound buffered bicycle lane
  • New traffic signal and intersection improvements at Nueces Street and Guadalupe Street 
Guadalupe Street (18th St. to 29th St.)
Construction is estimated to begin in 2021. Improvements include:
  • Traffic signal improvements with enhanced technology at 21st Street, 22nd Street, West Mall, 24th Street, W Dean Keeton, 26th Street, 27th Street, and 29th Street 
  • New or rehabilitated ADA-compliant sidewalks on the west side of Guadalupe Street (21st Street to 29th Street)
  • ADA-compliant sidewalks (at least 7 feet wide) on both sides from 28th to 29th 
  • Pocket Green (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Guadalupe Street)
24th Street (Guadalupe Street to North Lamar Boulevard)
Construction is estimated to begin in 2022. Improvements include:
  • New street lighting
  • Restripe/repurpose one travel lane in each direction to add:
    • New continuous, dedicated center turning lane
    • Eastbound dedicated bicycle lane
  • Pavement rehabilitation
  • New or rehabilitated ADA-compliant sidewalks
  • Traffic signal improvements with enhanced technology:
    • Nueces Street
    • San Antonio Street
    • San Gabriel Street
  • New mid-block pedestrian crosswalk signal (PHB) in the vicinity of Longview Street

Completed Projects

Phase I Contraflow & Other Multimodal 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.
Click on these links for more information about the transit improvements and bicycle improvements.
Phase I West Campus Pedestrian Improvements
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, 27th Street, 26th Street, 25th Street, and 24th Street. Additionally, a new pedestrian crosswalk and signal were added at the 24th Street and San Antonio Street intersection.

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 bulk of construction is anticipated to occur between 2021-24, and the Corridor Program Office (CPO) is evaluating opportunities to get improvements on the ground 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 Guadalupe Street Corridor Mobility Plan. Public support for the corridor improvements was expressed through voter-passage of the 2016 Mobility Bond.

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 🏢

On Thursday, May 11, 2016, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) hosted a Business Open House to review and discuss scenarios and the preferred recommendation for how to enhance the Guadalupe corridor. 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 🏘️

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 Austin Transportation Department hosted public meetings to identify possible improvements, and review and discuss the preferred recommendations for enhancing mobility, safety and quality of life along the Guadalupe Street corridor. The input from these meetings combined with technical analyses resulted in the recommendations included in the Corridor Mobility Plan.
  • Open House #1 - Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at University Presbyterian Church.
  • Open House #2 -  Sunday, December 13, 2015
  • Open Houses - Thursday, May 11, 2016
The CPO hosted an Information Fair during the Design Phase of work to share information about planned improvements for Guadalupe Street and receive community feedback. 
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Stay Connected

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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Corridor Mobility Plan

The COA finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for Guadalupe Street in December 2017. This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety 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. The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program
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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