As the City of Austin strives for improvement, some UT Austin students say it often just feels like endless construction.
The preliminary engineering report for the Guadalupe Corridor Improvement Program has just published online. This report contains recommendations to increase mobility, safety and connectivity for drivers, pedestrians, bikers and even those that take transit.
Some of the recommendations for improvement in the report include:
- Conversion of Nueces Street from one way to two-way to enhance mobility and safety
- A two way protected bicycle path on 24th Street between Guadalupe Street and Lamar Boulevard
- Transit priority lanes on Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and W. 29th Street
- Various operational improvements including intersection and traffic signal work, and pedestrian-focused projects such as wider sidewalks and improved street crossings
Tara Khalili, a UT Austin junior said, "Considering all the crowd there is on and near campus, I think it's really good that they're making these improvements. However, it shouldn't be a second coming of the Speedway disaster. That took too long and they still have to redo everything."
The report, initiated in 2014, includes short- and long-term recommendations for safety and mobility near the UT Austin campus. According to a press release, these recommendations have been based on past analysis, public feedback and traffic modeling.
City staff is expected to provide a proposed Corridor Construction Program to the Austin City Council in spring 2018 for consideration, which the council must approve before 2016 Mobility Bond funding is appropriated to construction of improvements on the corridors, as required by City Council’s Contract With Voters. Recommendations in the program will then launch into more detailed design and feasibility work, which, city officials said, will include additional community engagement.