William Cannon Drive Corridor



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.
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. 

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 Corridor Program Office 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. 

Construction Phasing: First Wave Projects

The bulk of the construction projects across all nine roadways in the Corridor Construction Program will occur between 2021 and 2024. Within this time frame, improvement projects will break ground in a sequence. This means that instead of construction occurring all at once across all nine corridors, construction will instead occur within three implementation waves. Each wave contains a set of improvement projects defined by corridor segment. 
The following projects are coming soon to William Cannon Drive as part of the first wave of improvements planned through the Corridor Construction Program: 
William Cannon Drive Corridor Improvements - Running Water Drive to McKinney Falls Parkway
Anticipated Construction Start: Summer 2021*
Improvements planned for William Cannon Drive between Running Water Drive and McKinney Falls Parkway include roadway widening from two to four lanes, a new bridge over Marble Creek, shared-use paths (i.e. wide sidewalks that accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists) on both sides of the road, and landscaping enhancements. 
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).
*Anticipated construction dates are subject to change and may be refined through additional information acquired during the current design phase. 

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, and additional public engagement was conducted during the preliminary engineering phase of work.
Public feedback remains at the heart of our efforts to make this corridor safer and easier to travel. The Corridor Program Office will continue to engage the public throughout design and construction. We will be sharing the latest plans with the community through methods including public meetings, stakeholder meetings, electronic updates, and more.
You can submit comments and/or questions in-person at the Corridor Program Office, 5202 East Ben White Boulevard, or by sending an email to WilliamCannon@austintexas.gov or by calling 512-974-2615.

Spring 2019 Open House and Office Hours 

We hosted public office hours at Pleasant Hill Branch Library on Saturday, March 30, 2019, and then we held a fiesta-themed open house at Palm Elementary on May 4, 2019. At both events, we provided information about planned improvements for William Cannon Drive and received community feedback.
Below are links to the information materials that were shared at the public office hours and open house.

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 Corridor Mobility Plan, and additional public engagement was conducted during the preliminary engineering phase of work.
Public feedback remains at the heart of our efforts to make this corridor safer and easier to travel. You can submit comments and/or questions in-person at the Corridor Program Office, 5202 East Ben White Boulevard, or by sending an email to WilliamCannon@austintexas.gov or by calling 512-974-2615.

Public Meeting and Community Feedback Report 

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, we hosted an open house meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Langford Elementary School (2206 Blue Meadow Drive, Austin Texas, 78744).  At the meeting, we provided information about planned improvements for William Cannon Drive corridor. At this meeting we received community feedback that helped refine the design of the improvements.
You may review the information materials shared at the open house, as well as the public feedback received by viewing the official Public Meeting and Community Feedback Report.

Corridor Mobility Plan

The City of Austin 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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