Shoal Creek Boulevard

Austin Transportation (ATD) is installing a two-way protected bikeway, pedestrian crossings, and intersection improvements along Shoal Creek Boulevard between 38th Street and Foster Lane.
Between Foster Lane and US 183, one-way protected bicycle lanes have been installed on both sides of Shoal Creek Boulevard.
What's happening now?
Construction of a new sidewalk on the south side of Shoal Creek Boulevard/45th Street between Shoal Creek Boulevard and Shoalwood Avenue is nearing completion. View a map of all improvements to Shoal Creek Boulevard/45th Street.
Construction is still underway at Shoal Creek Boulevard/Hancock Drive, with the northwest corner most recently complete. Construction began on March 2 and is anticipated to take 8-10 weeks to complete. Expect lane closures approaching the intersection.
Crews will move to Shoal Creek Boulevard at 38th Street next. 
Photo of the relocated pocket park at Shoal Creek Boulevard and Hancock Drive.
Thank you for your continued patience during construction! Construction is weather-dependent and the schedule is subject to change. The two-way protected bikeway is being activated in segments as work is completed at major Shoal Creek Boulevard intersections. The entire bikeway is anticipated to be open by summer 2020.

Questions and Answers
February 10, 2020: How have motor vehicle speeds changed as a result of the new street design? 
During the initial phase of community feedback for this project in December 2018 and January 2019, ATD received hundreds of responses that slower motor vehicle speeds would make Shoal Creek Boulevard a safer and more comfortable place to be.
Initial analysis of motor vehicle speeds on Shoal Creek Boulevard before and after installation of the new street design between US 183 and Shoalmont Drive shows a significant reduction in high-risk speeding. On Shoal Creek Boulevard between US 183 and Foster Lane, high-risk speeding has reduced by 70% and in the section between Foster Lane and Shoalmont Drive high-risk speeding has reduced by 80%. On a residential street like Shoal Creek Boulevard, high-risk speeding is considered speeds 5 miles per hour or more over the posted limit.
ATD will reassess speeds after completion of the full project to confirm these benefits are sustained.
Photo of a northbound person riding a bike in the new two-way protected bikeway with a southbound car in the lane to the left of it.
Read all Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (updated February 10, 2020).


June 2019: Alternative E and Alternative Y Move Forward to Implementation

ATD is advancing Alternative E for Lower Shoal Creek (38th Street to Foster Lane) and Alternative Y for Upper Shoal Creek (Foster Lane to US 183).
Alternative E for Lower shoal creek boulevard. Provides a new two-way protected bikeway on west side. Retains parking on east side and removes parking on west side. Includes protected intersection designs and underpass at 2222. Received the most community support
Alternative Y for upper shoal creek boulevard. Provides one-way protected bicycle lane on both sides. Provides a three-lane street with additional turn lanes at intersections to preserve motor vehicle capacity. Best maintains signal operations at Anderson intersection
Click on the cross sections above to enlarge the image.  Cross sections are looking north.

Project Background

In late 2018, Austin Transportation began a Shoal Creek Boulevard community conversation in advance of regularly planned street maintenance. When roads are resurfaced as part of regular street maintenance, the existing street lines are covered, providing a “blank slate” to reconfigure the street if there is an opportunity to provide a safer, more accessible street design for all road users.
The public process for this project included one listening session, three open houses, and two public comment periods. As part of the second comment period, a range of alternatives were presented for community review. The selected alternatives were advanced after consideration of all community input, engineering and project constraints, adopted City policies, and opportunities for improvement along Shoal Creek Boulevard.
Funding for this project is available from the 2016 Mobility Bond.

Public Outreach

December 2018 Listening Session
Austin Transportation hosted a community listening session on December 12 at Gullett Elementary School.
A public comment period was open from December 12, 2018 through January 13, 2019.
March 2019 Open Houses
The project team used input collected from the community to develop a number of alternatives for community review. Open houses were held in March to share these alternatives with the community and collect feedback. 
A survey was available at the open houses and online from March 26 through April 30.

Get Involved

Contact the Project Team
Email Emily Tuttle at emily.tuttle@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-6509.
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