Tag Archives: Public Works Department

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…

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…

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…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Bicycle Advisory Council keeps Austin on two wheels

Bicycling is big in Austin. When you are the home of Lance Armstrong, even with his tarnished image, you’re bound to have a lot of two-wheelers on your roads, and Austin does. In fact, USA Today recently named Austin as one…

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