Burnet Road
(US 183 to MoPac Frontage Road)

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About this Virtual Public Hearing
The City of Austin completed an environmental analysis to understand the potential impacts of proposed mobility, safety and connectivity improvements for the Burnet Road corridor. The analysis was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the state-owned portion of Burnet Road between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road.
From Wednesday, May 20, 2020 through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, you may review information and reports on this website, watch a presentation about the results of the environmental analyses, and provide comments.
Watch the public hearing presentation:
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The City makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The virtual public hearing information is available in English and Spanish.
If you have any general questions or experience any technical difficulties as part of this virtual public hearing experience, please contact the Burnet Road Communications Liaison in the City of Austin Corridor Program Office at Burnet@AustinTexas.gov or 512-974-7751.
Please note, this public hearing will be conducted virtually in accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order (No. GA-08) prohibiting social gatherings of 10 or more people as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The public hearing will follow Federal Highway Administration-approved guidelines for conducting virtual meetings when an in-person public meeting should not be held out of concerns for public health or safety.  If social distancing orders are lifted and large gatherings are again permitted at any time during the public hearing comment period, in-person materials will be made available at City offices. For the most up to date information on COVID-19 from the City of Austin, please visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19
Public Comments  
The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed improvements. Comments may be submitted:
  • Submit comments online using this web form
  • Email written comments to: Burnet@AustinTexas.gov
  • Provide verbal comment by calling 512-974-8833 and leaving a voice message
  • Mail written comments to: 
    • City of Austin                                                                                                                                                                        Corridor Program Office                                                                                                                                                        PO Box 1088                                                                                                                                                                        Austin, TX 78767                                                                                                                         
               Download and print a comment form
Please note that per TxDOT requirements, the City of Austin is not permitted to respond to comments or inquiries that are received during the official comment period (from Wednesday, May 20, 2020 through 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020). Responses to verbal and written comments received will be available online at AustinTexas.gov/BurnetENV once they have been prepared. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020 in order to be included in the official record for this public hearing.
If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the virtual public hearing, please contact the Burnet Road Communications Liaison in the City of Austin Corridor Program Office at Jessica.Engelhardt@AustinTexas.gov or 512-974-7751. 
Notice of Availability
The City of Austin conducted an environmental analysis to understand the potential impacts of the proposed mobility, safety and connectivity improvements for the Burnet Road corridor. The analysis was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the state-owned portion of Burnet Road between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road. The results of the analyses have been used to help refine the improvement projects to reduce impacts. 

As of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the City of Austin made the environmental reports available for public review, as well as the proposed design of the improvements between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road. 



The City of Austin is pursuing environmental clearance for all Burnet Road improvements between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road that are recommended in the Corridor Mobility Plan for Burnet Road that was completed in December 2013. This includes improvements that have been funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond, as well as improvements that are not yet funded. Achieving environmental clearance for all improvements will enable the City of Austin to construct them when future funding sources are secured. 

Environmental Reports 
The environmental analyses completed by the City of Austin evaluated potential impacts that could result from both the funded and unfunded mobility and safety improvements. 
The City of Austin considered traffic noise, biological resources, cultural resources (Archaeological and Historical) , hazardous materials, social and community impacts, and water resources. Click on the links below to review the findings of each report:

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Purpose and Need
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve mobility and safety on Burnet Road between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road. 
According to  data collected by Austin Transportation, 918 crashes occurred between 2015 ‐ 2020. Those crashes resulted in 4 fatalities, 19 serious injuries, and involved 5 bicyclists and 14 pedestrians.
35,000 vehicles travel this major Austin roadway each day, and there are approximately 60 access driveways in 2.5 miles, causing additional safety concerns. 
In addition, there are no bicycle lanes, and existing sidewalks are not connected. The open ditch system for drainage further hinders pedestrian mobility.

Mobility and Safety Improvements  
If the projects receive environmental clearance, some of the proposed mobility, safety, and connectivity improvements will be constructed using funds from the voter-approved 2016 Mobility Bond. The projects are expected to improve the 2.5-mile Burnet Road segment between US 183
and the MoPac frontage road for everyone, whether they
walk, bike, drive or take transit.  The funded improvements include:  
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  • Eight traffic signal upgrades (Waterford Centre Blvd., Longhorn Blvd., Rutland Dr., Braker Ln., Kramer Ln., Esperanza Crossing, Palm Way, Gault Ln.)
  • Improvements to three intersections with turn lane modifications (Braker Ln., Esperanza Crossing, Palm Way) 
  • 2.5-miles of new, shared-use paths to create a continuous ADA-compliant sidewalk and bicycle facilities  
  • 2.5-miles of pavement rehabilitation  
  • Upgraded drainage to a closed storm system to support mobility improvements 
  • Raised median islands at the Burnet Road/ Braker Lane intersection  
  • Reconstruction and modification of some driveways
  • Bus stop improvements in partnership with Capital Metro
The City of Austin has also evaluated the environmental impacts of additional improvements outside the existing right of way in this same segment of Burnet Road between US 183 and the Mopac frontage road. These currently unfunded improvements could be constructed if funding sources are identified: 
  • 2.5-miles of full street reconstruction to widen Burnet Road from 4 lanes to 6 lanes 
  • Enhanced and separate pedestrian and bicycle facilities 
  • Streetscape and trees 
  • Raised medians 
  • Street lighting

Tentative Project Schedule 
If the projects receive environmental clearance by July 2020, design and construction could progress according to this tentative schedule:  
  • Anticipated environmental clearance: June/July 2020
  • First project Burnet Road/Braker Lane intersection (funded)
    • Final design plans: Summer 2020
    • Construction start: Late 2020
  • US 183 to the MoPac frontage road
    • Funded improvements
      • Final design plans: Fall 2021
      • Construction start: Late 2022
    • Unfunded improvements
      • Final design plans and construction start: dependent on funding availability

Frequently Asked Questions
Why aren’t all of the improvements funded for construction?
Austin voters approved funding for mobility and safety improvements throughout the city when they passed the 2016 Mobility Bond. $482 million was dedicated to nine corridors, including Burnet Road. This provides funding to construct some, but not all, of the improvements that are recommended for each roadway in corridor mobility plans. The City of Austin intends to build the unfunded improvements when future funding sources become available. Achieving environmental clearance for all improvements now is necessary to do that.
Are the designs for the improvements final?
No. The schematic available as part of this public hearing reflects preliminary project plans. The final design phase of work is currently underway, which includes ongoing evaluations, additional surveying, meetings with affected property owners, and partner agency coordination. Some design details will be refined before construction. If you have questions about the project plans or how they may affect your property, you may contact the Corridor Program Office at Burnet@AustinTexas.gov or 512-974-7751
Why is the focus of this public hearing only on Burnet Road from US 183 to the MoPac frontage road?
The City of Austin completed an environmental analysis to understand the potential impacts of proposed mobility, safety and connectivity improvements for the entire Burnet Road corridor. However, only the portion of Burnet Road between US 183 and the MoPac frontage road is on state-owned right of way. For this area, the environmental analysis was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Federal and state agencies do not evaluate proposed transportation projects when they are located on locally-owned right of way, such as Burnet Road south of US 183.
Why are medians being added to Burnet Road? 
Left-hand turns are difficult to make on Burnet Road. The continuous center-running lane and numerous driveways means drivers make left turns whenever and wherever they can. This increases the risk of collisions with oncoming traffic, drivers traveling from behind, and with cyclists and pedestrians crossing driveways. Adding medians will help define where left turns should occur, making Burnet Road safer to travel for everyone.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, raised medians: 
  • Reduce motor vehicle crashes by 15% on average 
  • Reduce pedestrian crashes by 46% on average 
  • Decrease driver delay by 30% on average  
  • Increase roadway capacity by over 30% on average  
Why don’t the project schematics show all developments that are planned or underway?
We are aware of all developments that are planned and underway throughout the corridor. We work directly with developers as those plans are approved to ensure the proposed mobility improvements are included in their site plans and the final constructed improvements on the ground are connected. The schematics were finalized in 2019 and therefore do not reflect all developments that have been planned since then.
What does it mean if the proposed improvements are on my property?
If a proposed improvement is on your property, the Corridor Program Office will be in contact soon to discuss the proposed improvements in relation to your property and what next steps look like.
Why does the bicycle lane trigger a public hearing?
The Texas Department of Transportation requires a public hearing for any improvements that substantially change the function of a road. In this case, the addition of a bicycle lane will change the function of Burnet Road, which currently does not have a bicycle lane, by designating a portion of the roadway for exclusive bicycle use.
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