North Lamar Boulevard Corridor
Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to North Lamar Boulevard between US 183 and Howard Lane/I-35. As part of the Corridor Construction Program, funded in part by the 2016 Mobility Bond, 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.
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.
Due to the need for close partner agency coordination along North Lamar, improvements to this roadway will occur in two phases. During phase one, the City will work to break ground on early-out, near-term improvement projects that bring immediate safety and mobility relief to this corridor.
Phase two of North Lamar corridor improvements will include ongoing coordination with Capital Metro’s Project Connect system vision and other partners to ensure planned improvements across the corridor are aligned.
Coming Soon: First-Out Projects!
UPDATE: Cooper Drive and Grady Drive intersection improvements are complete! 2 down, 2 to go!
As part of the first phase of North Lamar Boulevard corridor improvements, the City is improving safety, connectivity and access for pedestrians by constructing new sidewalk connections, new ADA-accessible curb ramps, re-striping high-visibility crosswalks, and adding new smart traffic signals. W Powell Lane, Grady Drive, and Fairfield Drive will receive new traffic signals, and Cooper Drive will receive a signalized pedestrian crosswalk (also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon or PHB).
Construction began December 2019, and the projects are expected to be sequenced and completed within one year.
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
- Obtaining permits
- 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.
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:
- By email 📧 (NorthLamar@AustinTexas.gov)
- By phone 📞 (512-974-2615)
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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 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 Plan.
Engaging One-on-One with Property Owners 🏘️
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.
Mobility Bond Office Hours 🚪
The Corridor Program Office, Austin Transportation Department and Public Works Department recently hosted the 2016 Mobility Bond Office Hours at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 9, 2019 to share and celebrate bond-funded projects coming soon to the North Lamar community. During the event, City staff were on-hand to share information and answer questions about:
- Planned projects through the Corridor Construction Program, including near-term critical safety and mobility projects
- Completed sidewalk updates
- Safe Routes to School recommendations
Below are links to some of the informational materials that were shared at the public office hours event.
Corridor Mobility Plan
The COA finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for North Lamar Boulevard/Burnet Road in December 2013. This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety along the North Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road 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.
Recommended improvements included in the 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. Improvements part of the ultimate vision are funded for design but construction pends additional funding.