Guadalupe Street Corridor 



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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.

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 summer 2020 to make additional multimodal improvements near UT campus that build upon projects completed last year. These include:
  • New Shared-Use Path on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Lavaca St. to Guadalupe streets)
  • Pavement resurfacing, restriping, new red paint, and protected bike lanes on east side of Lavaca St. (18th St. to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
  • Concrete paving and raised curbs to protect bike lanes on 18th St. (Lavaca St. to Guadalupe streets)
  • Upgraded crosswalks at 18th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
  • New northbound bus-only lane with red paint at Guadalupe St. (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to 20th St.)
  • New bike and pedestrian crossing at Guadalupe St./Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. intersection
Phase II West Campus
Construction could begin in summer 2020 to improve sidewalks and curb ramps in the following areas:
25th St.
  • South side, between Nueces St. and San Antonio St.
27th St.
  • North and South sides, between Nueces St. and alley
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Nueces St.
  • East side, between 26th St. and 28th St.
  • West side, between 25th St. and 28th St.
Guadalupe St.
  • West side, between 21st St. and 24th St.

Completed Projects

Phase I Contraflow & Other Multi-modal 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, 26th Street, 25th Street and 24th Street. Additionally, a new pedestrian crosswalk and signal were added at 24th Street/San Antonio Street.

Design Underway

Full design of critical mobility and safety improvements for other Guadalupe Street corridor segments is underway.
Nueces Street (24th St. to Guadalupe St.)
Construction is estimated to begin in fall 2020. Improvements include:
  • Restripe from one-way to two-way traffic
  • Pavement rehabilitation
  • New or rehabilitated ADA-compliant sidewalks
  • New southbound buffered bicycle lane
Guadalupe Street (18th St. to 29th St.)
Construction is estimated to begin in spring 2021. Improvements include:
  • New midblock pedestrian crosswalk signals (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons) at 25th St. & 28th St.
  • Traffic signal improvements with enhanced technology at 21st, 22nd, West Mall, 24th, W Dean Keeton, 26th, 27th and 29th streets
  • New or rehabilitated ADA-compliant sidewalks on west side of Guadalupe St. (24th to 29th streets)
  • ADA-compliant sidewalks (at least 7’ wide) on both sides
  • Placemaking opportunities (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to 29th St.)
24th Street (Guadalupe St. to North Lamar Blvd.)
Construction is estimated to begin in summer 2021. 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 St.
    • San Antonio St.
    • San Gabriel St.
  • New midblock pedestrian crosswalk signal (PHB) in the vicinity of Longview St.

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 Guadalupe Street 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 🏢

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 CPO has hosted public meetings to share information about planned improvements for Guadalupe Street and receive community feedback throughout the project development process. 
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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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