Burnet Road transformation begins in January


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on December 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 8:32 AM

AUSTIN --  Starting Jan. 2nd, you will start seeing lane closures over on Mopac while they begin a two year project to build an express lane in each direction.

Burnet Road basically runs parallel to Mopac from 45th to Duval, and there are some construction plans in the works for next year on Burnet as well.

With growth, comes increased traffic. For some business owners on Burnet Road, the traffic has translated into booming business.

Brian Dorsey is the President of Operations at Custom Sounds on Burnet.

"The past five years we've grown our business ten percent at this location year over  year. It's been remarkable," said Dorsey.

He says the whole Burnet Road area to him is what Austin is about.

"You've got a lot of home grown businesses," says Dorsey.

His Austin based business has been at the corner of Burnet and Ohlen for 26 years. While some weren't too happy to see the Wal Mart built on nearby West Anderson, he says that expansion brought more traffic to him.

Starting in August, Cap Metro plans an express stop at his intersection on what would be it's second Metro Rapid route.

The first Metro Rapid route begins January and will run every 10 minutes on Lamar during peak hours.

There are other options on the table to curb congestion.

Back in 2012 voters approved a 15 million dollar bond package to help improve mobility. A community discussion will begin soon to determine which projects go forward first. Among consideration is along Burnet from Koenig to Mopac.

Other considerations are North Lamar from 183 to 1-35 near Howard Lane. While some businesses prosper on Burnet, not all feel it's a fit.

The owner of Cool Stuff furniture says he is looking to move to Lamar when his lease is up in about ten months.

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