William Cannon Drive Corridor



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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 could begin as early as summer 2021. 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.
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 🏢

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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Corridor Mobility Plan

The COA finalized a Corridor Mobility Plan for William Cannon Drive in February 2014. 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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