City to host listening session on Shoal Creek Blvd. improvements

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city is taking a closer look at potential safety and mobility improvements along a long stretch of Shoal Creek Boulevard and will hold a public listening session Wednesday night. 

The area between 38th Steet and US 183 is a popular detour for drivers who want to avoid using MoPac Expressway and Interstate 35.

The goal of the listening session will be to understand the needs of people in the area in hopes of moving forward with a plan for improvements.

“It’s been a hot topic on the Allandale list server,” homeowner Lynn Davidson said. “I know a lot of the people on Shoal Creek are really interested in what they’re doing and plan on going.”

Anthony Dang was leaving the Shoal Creek Greenbelt when KXAN caught him. “One thing, when I park here and try to open the door the cars are coming up and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I have to watch what I’m doing,’” he laughed. “It needs to be wider, wider parking or wider street,” he added. 

Davidson said the stripes on the street were hard to see and needed a fresh coat of paint. 

“It’s a major thoroughfare in this neighborhood, so whatever they do is going to affect everyone.”

The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gullett Elementary School located at 6310 Treadwell Blvd. 

The city’s transportation department said funding for this project would be available from the 2016 Mobility Bond Local Mobility program.

There has been a long-standing request to study the area, according to the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s website. This will be independent of the Shoal Creek Vision to Action Plan.

A survey will available online tonight for community members who will not be able to attend the listening session. Users can leave comments specific to their area using an online interactive map. All materials will be available on the project from Dec. 13 through Jan. 13.

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