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Transit work begins on Guadalupe

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by Katy McElroy

Construction began Monday on extensive improvements to Guadalupe Street and Lavaca Street. Those passing through the area should expect to experience delays during the initial construction phase, which will last at least four weeks. Access to all properties adjacent to the project will be maintained. The work involves a full 24-hour lane closure on Guadalupe Street between 18th Street and 100 feet north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which went into place Saturday, and there will be intermittent lane closures on parts of Lavaca and 18th streets. The project is a collaboration of the Austin Transportation Department, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Corridor Program Office and is funded by the 2016 mobility bond. This area is one of the highest-volume passenger corridors in the city. Following these improvements, each bus traveling through the corridor is projected to move approximately 18 percent faster, saving 65 seconds during peak evening travel periods. General purpose traffic travel times are anticipated to remain the same.

Improvements include:

  • a new full traffic signal at Lavaca Street and 18th Street, including a bus-only signal phase
  • a transit signal at Guadalupe Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • striping changes on Guadalupe Street, 18th Street and Lavaca Street
  • a new northbound contraflow bus lane on Guadalupe Street between 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • upgrades to the existing bicycle infrastructure on these streets and a new shared-use bike and pedestrian path on the east side of Guadalupe Street between 18th Street and Martin Luther King Jr.

You can see an illustration of the planned improvements and transit corridor here.

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