In order to address traffic congestion in the Mopac corridor, the City and State are partnering on the Mopac Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project. It has three phases totaling approximately 2 miles of bicycle, pedestrian, and motor vehicle mobility improvements in the Mopac corridor from essentially Loop 360 to Southwest Parkway. Improvements to this corridor were identified in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and by the 2007 Mayor’s Street Smarts Task Force.
Phase I includes a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Loop 360 at Mopac. Phase II includes a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek at Mopac, the restriping of the southbound lanes of Mopac at the bridge over Barton Creek to improve motor vehicle congestion, and improved bicycle and pedestrian connections to Southwest Parkway, Loop 360, and other planned trails in the area (the Violet Crown and the Oak Hills Neighborhood Trail System). Phase III is a wide sidewalk that would accommodate bicycles and pedestrians on the west side of Mopac from Loop 360 to Barton Creek Square Mall, or Tamarron Boulevard. Phases I and II are completely funded. Phase III is not yet funded for design or construction.
Project Sponsor and Funding:
This project is a joint Federal, Regional, City of Austin, and State partnership project. Design of Phases I and II is provided by year 2000 bicycle specific bond funding. Phase I of the project was funded through Surface Transportation and Metropolitan Mobility (STPMM) funding administered through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in the fall of 2011. Phase II construction only is funded through Proposition 12 Congestion Management funds by CAMPO. Proposition 12 funds require projects to be bid and constructed by TXDOT. All phases are within TXDOT right of way.
Briefings to City of Austin Boards and Commissions meetings:
• July 9th – Parks and Recreation Board (PARB) Land, Facilities, and Programs sub-committee
• July 10th – Urban Transportation Commission
• July 18th – Environmental Board
• July 24th – PARB Board
• August 15th – Urban Forestry Board
Loop 360 Segment - approximate start and completion date - 11/2014 -12/2015
Barton Creek Segment - approximate start and completion date - 11/2013 - 12/2015
Urban Trail Segment along west side of Mopac – TBD, not yet funded
The project team can email updates directly to you. Your address will remain confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of sending updates about the project. Contact Chad Crager, Project Manager at (512) 974-3570.