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.
All construction is now identified as critical infrastructure work under Governor Abbott’s March 31, 2020 Executive Order (No. GA-14) and is considered essential, including this project. The City of Austin’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees and contractors, and the COVID-19 pandemic is being monitored every day. For COVID-19 news and updates, please visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.

What's happening now?

Bikeway installation was recently completed on the west side of Shoal Creek Boulevard between 39th ½ Street and Shoalmont Drive. New “No Parking” signs have been installed on the west curb in this area. Parking remains available on the east curb.
Shoal Creek Boulevard at 38th Street
Construction is underway at Shoal Creek Boulevard and 38th Street. This work is being constructed in two phases, with work underway on the west side of the intersection at 38th Street near Crawford Street. The intersection will remain open to traffic during intersection construction. 
During the first phase of work, a detour will be in place for people driving southbound on 38th Street to Crawford Street. Westbound vehicles continuing onto 38th Street will also detour to Crawford Street, but access will be maintained for vehicles continuing onto 35th Street. Throughout construction, single lane closures will be needed for westbound vehicles to make space for crews to work.
Shoal Creek Boulevard at Hancock Drive
Construction is ongoing at Shoal Creek Boulevard/Hancock Drive* (*map updated 4/27/20). Construction is anticipated to be complete in June. Expect lane closures approaching the intersection. 
Photo of new sidewalk on 45th Street.
Photo of Hancock Drive at Shoal Creek Boulevard northwest corner.
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.



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.

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Contact the Project Team
Call Emily Tuttle at 512-974-6509 or email her at emily.tuttle@austintexas.gov.
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