North Lamar Boulevard Corridor
Corridor Program Office and Austin Public Works Complete Work on Shared-Use Path on North Lamar Boulevard
April, 2021- Pedestrians in North Austin have a new resource to get to their destinations in a safe way thanks to the 2016 Mobility Bond. A new shared-use path along North Lamar Blvd is now open between W. Caddo Street and the “On the Green” apartment complex. This project was made possible through a partnership between the City of Austin Public Works Sidewalk Program, who constructed the SUPs, and the Corridor Program Office, who designed and sponsored the work. Funding was provided by the 2016 Mobility Bond and by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The work is part of the larger North Lamar Corridor Mobility Project, which seeks to improve mobility, safety and connectivity on this corridor, as well as the Austin Public Works Sidewalk Program. Shared-use paths are 8-foot-wide wide sidewalks that accommodate people who are walking and biking. They also provide an additional level of safety for cyclists and drivers by allowing cyclists to ride on the sidewalk.
This high-traffic, high-speed section of North Lamar Blvd has a very fragmented sidewalk network, but no safe and continuous pedestrian network exists. This new shared-use path will change that.
The new shared-use path extends about a half-mile, improving the pedestrian network in this part of the city. Eventually, the planned Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2 will connect to this shared-use path, providing further connectivity to parks, shops, and neighborhoods for the residents and visitors of North Austin.
UPDATE: City of Austin Cuts Ribbon on First N. Lamar Blvd. Corridor Construction Program Projects
February, 2021- The City of Austin Corridor Program Office (CPO) has released a virtual ribbon-cutting video in English and in Spanish to commemorate the projects recently completed at the North Lamar Boulevard intersections of W. Powell Lane, Fairfield Drive, Cooper Drive and W. Grady Drive.
The completion of these projects mark a major milestone, as they are some of the first projects of many to be completed as part of the Corridor Construction Program over the next four years.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to view a preliminary map of the funded improvement plans for North Lamar Boulevard. 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.
Intersection Improvements Completed January 2021
As part of the first phase of North Lamar Boulevard corridor improvements, the City has worked to improve 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, W. Grady Drive, and Fairfield Drive have received new traffic signals, and Cooper Drive has received a signalized pedestrian crosswalk (also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon or PHB).
W. Powell Lane has also received two new bus stops, made possible through coordination with and support from Capital Metro.
Construction began December 2019, and the projects were sequenced and completed within about one year.
Shared-use path between Caddo Street and On the Green Apartments
In partnership with the Corridor Program Office, the City of Austin Public Works Department Sidewalk Program began construction of new, northbound shared-use paths along North Lamar Boulevard. As part of this work, driveway modifications such as closures and narrowing will also occur at some locations. This project is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
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.
Virtual Public Hearing 💻
We held a virtual public hearing for state-owned North Lamar Boulevard between US 183 and Howard Lane/I-35 as part of the environmental process. A presentation explaining the proposed improvements and environmental reports was made available to the public from May 15 to May 30, 2020.
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.
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) 974-7942
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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.