AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Saturday, the City of Austin is doing something a little different for an open house. Transportation officials hope live music, food and fun activities will draw in crowds to talk about traffic. It’s all part of the transportation department’s ongoing corridor improvements across the city.
Saturday’s focus will be on William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane where the city has planned around 20 miles worth of improvements. From new lanes and bridges to shared-use paths and traffic signal improvements. Transportation officials said there’s a lot on the table and want to make sure they’re on the right track.
“We’re using not only corridor data and traffic numbers that show us how to make things better but we also need the community’s voice,” Kelly Buethe, a public information specialist with the Corridor Mobility Program Office said.
Buethe added those comment cards people fill out actually make a difference.
“I take that information to meetings with engineers and urban designers and I say, ‘Hey, this is what the community is saying in this spot. Are we doing something here? What can we do here?'”
Those commuting in the area have expressed their concerns and are ready to see some improvements.
“It’s hard to get around town anymore,” Shaun Bergin, a commuter who spends his day traveling up and down Slaughter Lane said.
“Whatever improvements can be made I am sure every citizen in this neighborhood will appreciate it,” added Otis Matthews who lives on William Cannon Drive.
The open house is Saturday morning starting at 11 in Southeast Austin at Palm Elementary School.
The Crockett High School’s Mariachi De Oro and St. Edwards University’s Ballet Folklorico will be performing around noon.
If you cannot attend the open house on Saturday, Buethe said there will be a virtual open house online or you can contact Buethe with the Corridor Program Office at Kelly.Buethe@AustinTexas.gov or call (512) 974-2615.
Corridor Changes Across the City
William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane are not the only two corridors the city is studying.
There are nine corridors slated for improvement including North Lamar Boulevard from U.S. 183 to I-35 and Howard Lane and East Riverside Drive between I-35 and Highway 71.