$720M Prop 1 mobility bond approved by Austin voters


AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a major victory for Austin Mayor Steve Adler, the $720 million bond to improve Austin roads has been approved by voters.

The cost of the Smart Corridor Plan, marked as Proposition 1 on voters’ ballots, is expected to be close to $1.5 billion, or double the amount voters approved. Now that the bond has passed, the city will look beyond taxpayer dollars to get the other half funded. The primary goals of the plan: decrease congestion, increase travel options and add more sidewalks and crosswalks.

The plan includes traffic improvements on South and North Lamar Boulevard, Airport Boulevard, Riverside Drive, Burnet Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/FM 969 and Guadalupe Street. The bond will cost an additional $5 per month for those who live in a home that costs $250,000.

Mayor Adler was all smiles after early voting results puts the mobility bond in the lead. “Everyone in the community is going to get to weigh in on it and then we’re going to move to execute it,” he said. “It is important to this council that this work be done in six to eight years so we are going to get started right away doing the work.”

Where will the $720 million go? Here’s the rundown:Corridor Plans ($477,500,000)

  • North Lamar Blvd
  • South Lamar Blvd
  • Burnet Road
  • Riverside Drive
  • Airport Boulevard
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/FM 969
  • Guadalupe Street
  • Slaughter or William Cannon Drive

Future Corridor Plans ($4,500,000)

  • North Lamar/Guadalupe
  • East and West Rundberg
  • E. Colony Loop Road
  • MLK
  • South Congress
  • Manchaca
  • S. Pleasant Valley Road

Regional Mobility Projects ($101,000,000)

  • Loop 360 (Westlake Drive intersection): $46,000,000
  • Spicewood Springs Road: $17,000,000
  • Old Bee Caves Road Bridge: $8,000,000
  • Anderson Mill Road: $5,500,500
  • 620/2222 Intersection: $7,500,000
  • Parmer Lane: $17,000,000

Local Mobility ($137,000,000)

Safety & Active Transportation

  • Sidewalk Master Plan: $37,500,000
  • Safe Routes to School Sidewalks: $27,500,000
  • Urban Trail Master Plan: $26,000,000
  • Bicycle Master Plan: $20,000,000
  • Vision Zero Action Plan: $15,000,000

Substandard Roadways/Capital Renewal

  • Falwell Lane: $6,000,000
  • William Cannon Railroad Overpass Bridge: $1,000,000
  • Cooper Lane: $500,000
  • Ross Road: $500,000
  • Circle S Drive: $500,000
  • Rutledge Spur: $500,000
  • Davis Lane: $500,000
  • Latta Drive/Brush Country: $500,000
  • Johnny Morris Road: $500,000
  • Brodie Lane: $500,000

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