On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, Austin City Council approved $28 million of voter-authorized funding for preliminary work on the first sequence of corridor improvements and local mobility projects in the 2016 Mobility Bond Program.
The $28 million is divided as follows:
- $4 million for the Corridor Mobility Program
- $10 million for sidewalks
- $3 million for the Safe Routes to School Program
- $2 million for safety/Vision Zero
- $2 million for bikeways
- $1 million for urban trails
- $6 million for capital renewal projects
With Council’s approval, the City can begin some implementation processes and put contracts in place, which are necessary to move forward with the work when projects are identified. Staff will come back to Council in February 2017 with an implementation process and a list of prioritized projects to be funded with this initial allocation for the sidewalks, bikeways, and other programs funded through the local mobility category in the bond program.
Council’s action today reflects the accelerated timeline for delivering improvements funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond Program. In the past, initial funding after voter approval was not made available until six or more months after the election. In this case, it took little more than a month.
Other efforts are being made to ensure accountability and timeliness with the bond program. This week, Interim City Manager Elaine Hart announced the establishment of the Corridor Program Implementation Office. Mike Trimble, who has led the Capital Planning Office since its inception in 2010, will lead the new department, which been tasked with delivering the projects on the corridors funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond.
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