CAMPO grant application for Rundberg to Braker
The City of Austin has applied for an $8 million grant, to use along with the bond money to rebuild our section of North Lamar into a complete street, for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. The application scored well on technical criteria, and has received community support including advocacy from Bike Austin. CAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board is set to decide on the award at their December 8 meeting.
City of Austin bond funding for safety improvements
In November 2012 voters approved a $15 million transportation bond item for improvements to our section of North Lamar, along with Burnet and Crestview station. This isn’t enough money to do everything, but it’s a good start. Public Works’ Demira Wyatt 512-974-7213 is the project manager. She’ll be presenting proposed priorities later this fall for the first round of construction.
Read the complete North Lamar corridor study
CAMPO grant for sidewalks
In December 2011, Austin won a $1.5 million grant to improve sidewalks along North Lamar, thanks especially to ADAPT advocacy. The City’s Public Works department is in the process of negotiating the construction details with TxDOT. They anticipate completing most sidewalks from Rundberg to Chinatown, as well as repairs and completing gaps from 183 to Rundberg.
Capital Metro is looking at adding a stop at Payton Gin and Little Walnut Creek. There should be opportunities for small-scale transit-oriented development (“micro TOD”) near all the North Lamar/Georgian Acres platforms, such as kiosks for bus ticket sales and mobile vendors for a quick snack on the way. Contact the Chair if you’d like to explore possibilities with other business and property owners.
Traffic signals and Pedestrian hybrid beacons
The City of Austin is studying whether to install a traffic signal at Powell. This was the third highest ranked of all the signals requested in the whole city.
They are also studying whether to install pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHBs or HAWKs) at Cooper and in the area between Rundberg and Longspur. Both of these were in the top ten for the city.
Recommendation 23: Encourage minority-owned and -run businesses.
Recommendation 75: Construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps at all intersections with sidewalks.
Recommendation 78: Place benches and/or shelters at Capital Metro bus stops.
Objective T.6: Improve the safety of pedestrians traveling along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.13: Provide transportation alternatives to those who live, work, or visit.
Objective T.14: Improve Capital Metro bus services along North Lamar Boulevard.
Objective T.8: Improve traffic flow along North Lamar Boulevard.