William Cannon Drive Corridor

CPO Crews Break Ground on Mobility and Safety Improvements on William Cannon Dr.

The Corridor Program Office (CPO) has broken ground on safety and mobility improvements for William Cannon Drive. Crews are currently working near the Onion Creek Soccer Fields, Rockridge Drive and McCarty Lane to set up the foundation for new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, also known as a PHBs. These kinds of crosswalks allow pedestrians to activate the crossing lights only when needed, which allows vehicles to continue through the area when there are no pedestrians present. The intersections will also be outfitted with ADA-compliant curb ramps and high visibility crosswalks.
·        Crews are expected to be on scene Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, but some construction work during the weekends is also possible.
·        Crews do not anticipate re-routing any traffic or affecting any local businesses but will likely be shutting down one lane of traffic during their construction hours to complete their work.
·       The work will be completed in two phases; phase one will set the foundation for the signal, while phase two will include adding the signal arms as well as turning on the signal. 
These improvements are made possible by the 2016 Mobility Bond, a voter-approved $720 million bond for mobility improvements across the city.  Timelines for the work may vary depending due to unforeseen delays. 

Thank you for Attending the "Corridor Coffee on the Couch" Virtual Info Session! 

We want to thank all of our community members for joining us for the Corridor “Coffee on the Couch” event. This is one of many public outreach sessions to keep our stakeholders informed about the work the Corridor Program Office is doing on the William Cannon corridor.  
Beginning in September, the City of Austin Corridor Program Office will begin constructing the first of many mobility and safety projects planned for William Cannon Drive through the 2016 Mobility Bond-funded Corridor Construction Program.   
You can learn more about these improvements, as well as what to expect during construction, by clicking this link. It will take you to the recorded “Coffee on the Couch” event. The presentation is also available in Spanish at this link.

Coming Soon

This year the City of Austin Corridor Program Office will begin constructing the first of many mobility and safety projects planned for William Cannon Drive through the 2016 Mobility Bond-funded Corridor Construction Program.
The upcoming work will be phased and sequenced, which may cause potential overlap in construction timing. Each segment of infrastructure work could contain multiple assignments and construction for each assignment could last about three to six+ months, depending on contractor availability, weather and other factors. Work began in 2021 and will continue through 2024. 
Lane closures are expected as part of ongoing construction, and driveway modifications such as closures and narrowing will also occur at some locations. Minor mailbox relocations may be necessary within some areas of the city right-of-way as well.  
Currently Underway:  
New Signalized Pedestrian Crosswalks (Also known as Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons or PHBs) 
  • McCarty Ln. 
  • Rockridge Dr. 
  • Onion Creek Soccer Fields 
Additional Improvements Expected Winter/Spring 2022: 
New Signals 
  • Sunstrip Dr.          
  • Bannockburn Dr. 
  • Rialto Blvd. 
  • Vega Ave. 
New Signalized Pedestrian Crosswalks (Also known as Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons or PHBs) 
  • Elm Creek Dr.
  • Lost Valley 
  • Stephenson Nature Preserve 

Mobility, safety and connectivity improvements are coming to William Cannon Drive between Southwest Parkway and McKinney Falls ParkwayAs proposed, the City of Austin anticipates investing approximately $46.6 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 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 William Cannon Drive. 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 Phasing

Construction of improvements for the William Cannon Drive corridor will be phased in segments. While the bulk of construction is anticipated to occur between 2021-24, the Corridor Program Office (CPO) is evaluating opportunities to get improvements on the ground as soon as possible.

Construction Coming Soon

Running Water Drive to McKinney Falls Parkway
Funding for this project is provided by both the 2016 Mobility Bond and by a federal grant through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
Construction of these projects will begin in 2022. Improvements include:

  • New shared-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the roadway
  • Widening the roadway from two to four lanes
  • New bridge over Marble Creek
  • Landscaping enhancements

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 William Cannon Drive 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 🏢

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 🏘️

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 William Cannon Drive and receive community feedback throughout the project development process.
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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 William Cannon Drive in 2018. This plan recommended short and long-term improvements for mobility and safety along the corridor. The Corridor Mobility Plan was the basis for development of the Corridor Construction Program.
Recommended improvements included in the William Cannon Drive Corridor Mobility Plan informed near-term, funded improvement plans as well as improvement plans included in the ultimate vision for the corridor. 
The Corridor Program Office is 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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