The East 51st Street Mobility Project is planned as a partial reconstruction of the corridor from I-35 to Berkman Drive and includes safety features such as improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities, tree-lined sidewalks and medians, and reduced crossing distances at intersections. The plan also includes the addition of on-street parking spaces.

Click here to read the Summer 2019 project update.


Project Limits



Photo of East 51st Street Mobility Project limits, from Interstate 35 to Berkman Drive

Open House: September 24, 2018

The City of Austin hosted an open house September 24, 2018 at the AISD Performing Arts Center to gather input from the public on design plans.

Click here to see a project update presented to the Mueller Neighborhood Association in January 2017


Project Background & Goals

The East 51st Street improvements stem from the East 51st Street Vision Plan to create a community vision and promote coordinated redevelopment for both sides of the corridor, with the Windsor Park neighborhood to the north and the Mueller redevelopment underway to the south. The East 51st Street Vision Plan achieved wide consensus and support from area neighborhood groups and endorsed by the City Council April 26, 2012. The City Council also passed a resolution directing the City Manager to identify funding sources to implement the plan. The East 51st Street Improvements Project was later added to the 2012 Bond, Proposition 12 – Transportation and Mobility, as a community-based project during the bond development process.

Proposed Changes

  • Partial reconstruction of the roadway section from IH-35 to Berkman Drive

  • Four-lane arterial roadway with intermittent center turn lane access

  • Medians introduced throughout street segments with breaks at intersections and at mid-block

  • Controlled pedestrian crossings at intersections to provide safer pedestrian access

  • Installation of new tree-lined sidewalks on the north and south sides

  • Installation of a protected bicycle lane on the north side and an off-street bicycle lane on the south side

  • New on-street parallel parking spaces to provide better vehicular access

  • Curb, gutter and drainage improvements

  • Rain gardens and detention ponds for runoff and water quality enhancements

  • Upgraded water service utilities on the north side

  • Art in Public Places (AIPP) artist selected, Summer 2019: Olaniyi Akindiya!


Get Involved

Austin Transportation wants to hear from people who live, work, and travel on East 51st Street.

Contact Us

  • Tony Lopez, Project Manager, Public Works Department, 512-974-6581

  • Natalie Cerna, Public Information Specialist, Austin Transportation, 512-974-7954

Stay updated

Click here to receive updates about the East 51st Street Mobiltiy Project.


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