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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

City developing concrete plans to make bus passengers more comfortable

If you close your eyes, you can imagine yourself raiding Berlin in 1943, the deafening explosions of flak violently rankling the thin fuselage that separates you from the battlefields below.But in reality, you’re riding one of the hundreds of Capital…

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Fixing street cut repair program to take time

City Council Member Ellen Troxclair said she was “really alarmed” when she read the Office of the City Auditor report showing that the city has a 3.6-year backlog in repairing potholes created by utility crews fixing water lines. That’s the…

Monday, August 29, 2016 by Cate Malek

City begins work on new urban trails

Two new urban trails are set to begin construction next March, providing more options for Austinites who prefer to go carless.Teams should complete work on the Upper Boggy Creek Trail, serving neighborhoods on the east side, in November 2017. And…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Cate Malek

City responds to call for more street and sidewalk maintenance

Austinites who have complained about the state of the city’s streets may soon see an improvement, if a proposed tax increase is approved as part of next year’s budget.In a survey conducted by the city last year, members of the…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

With funding still in question, Council approves sidewalk plan update

City Council last week gave nearly unanimous approval to an update of the 2009 Sidewalk Master Plan.The 9-0-1 vote comes in the middle of the ongoing debate over a small batch of mobility bond proposals that could go before voters…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

More funds needed to finish Waller project

City Council will be considering seven items on Thursday’s agenda with a combined financial impact of $7.5 million for completing the Waller Creek Project, which has been fraught with difficulties since the discovery that the intake tunnel had been designed…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City ponders giant increase in sidewalk investments

Now that Uber and Lyft have driven over the horizon, some are looking to their feet for transportation options. At the moment, the odds are good that those feet may be standing on broken or incomplete sidewalks. But if the…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Lazarus offered top job in Ann Arbor

The City Council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has chosen Howard Lazarus, director of Austin’s Public Works Department, as its new city administrator. The Michigan Daily reported Lazarus’ selection as the city’s top manager last week.Lazarus told the Austin Monitor on Monday,…

Friday, March 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

How should Austin fund its transportation needs?

The City Council Mobility Committee largely steered clear of discussing a potential bond election during a meeting Wednesday focused on how the city can finance its looming transportation needs.A bond election, said Council Member Ann Kitchen, who chairs the committee,…

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council making plans for mobility money

With the budget behind them, Austin City Council members can turn their attention to other projects – chief among them, dividing up a little more than $21 million in money from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The funds are known…

Thursday, September 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zimmerman plan to “rebalance” transportation spending splits Council

City Council Member Don Zimmerman would like to see a change in Austin’s transportation infrastructure spending.His proposal, which would mandate at least $2 million per district for mobility Capital Improvement Projects, won varying levels of support from Council Members Ora…

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hotel construction casts a shadow over downtown music venues

This past weekend, worries that a new downtown hotel was threatening Cheer Up Charlies and the Mohawk overtook Austin’s social media.A lot of Austinites’ concerns focused on whether a parking garage for the Hyatt House hotel would destroy the iconic…

Friday, June 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council to disperse quarter-cent fund “equitably”

On Thursday, City Council took the first step in a plan to disperse the $21.8 million remaining in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Quarter-Cent Fund “equitably across all Council districts” for transportation and mobility improvement projects.In a resolution, Council directed…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin ventures into civic crowdfunding

The Internet is replete with crowdfunding appeals for endless pet projects: help fund your college roommate’s rap EP, pitch in for your buddy’s film or donate a few dollars toward your cousin’s volunteer trip to Haiti.But what about a Kickstarter…

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Redbud, Barton Springs bridge fixes move ahead

As Public Works Department Director Howard Lazarus said at Wednesday’s City Council Mobility Committee meeting in regard to improving the Barton Springs Road and Redbud Trail bridges, “If you never get started, you’ll never get finished.” Those projects, it appears,…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council sends cost overrun issues to committee

City Council members approved an additional expenditure last week of a little more than $91,000 for the construction contract for restoration of infrastructure along lower Shoal Creek to Lady Bird Lake. The total budget of that project was $1,217,366 to…

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Work on Fifth Street to continue through SXSW

Utility construction on Fifth Street will continue through South by Southwest, despite plans to the contrary.On Friday, Public Works Department Director Howard Lazarus sent a memo to city staff explaining the situation. Though work on the Fifth Street chilled water…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City switches downtown streets to slow traffic

Plans to convert downtown’s Seventh, Eighth, Brazos and Colorado streets from one-way to two-way streets are underway.On Monday, City Council’s Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee heard a presentation on a timeline for the change from acting Transportation Department Assistant Director…

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Skyway or the highway for teaching hospital

Things got philosophical when the Planning Commission was asked to approve a sky bridge for Austin’s new teaching hospital last week. Ultimately, practical concerns won out.Commissioners voted 7-1 to approve an “aerial encroachment” for the Seton Healthcare Family facility, near…

Friday, September 19, 2014 by Mark Richardson

City Hall remodeling 80 percent complete

Officials with the city’s Public Works Department said Thursday that renovations to the first and second floors of City Hall are between 70 and 80 percent complete, and should be usable by late October.Construction began in July on the Council…

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