Colorado Street set to open as a 2-way road


AUSTIN (KXAN) — New stripes are being painted on Colorado Street in downtown Austin to make it a two-way street, a year later than intended.

Lights and signs have been ready, but when business owners raised concerns last summer about the change, the city’s transportation department put it on hold. So Austin did what Austin does and launched a study that recently wrapped up in May.

Dusty McGuire manages the Norwood Tower along Colorado Street and says they’ve spent around $5,000 to make the necessary adjustments for drivers.

“Reverse the entry and exit to our parking garage from left to right. So that means updating all the signage, the directional arrows painted in the garage and our parking equipment reversed as well,” McGuire said.

For drivers, the city hopes the change will improve traffic flow but they also expect drivers to go slower as they navigate turns. Parking will only be available along the northbound side of the street to accommodate turn bays.

The idea of converting Colorado Street from one-way to two-way between Cesar Chavez and Ninth streets has been a long time coming. A city planning group recommended the Colorado Street shift in 2002. It wasn’t adopted until 2011 as part of the Downtown Austin Plan — a phased roll-out that designated this particular project for 2017.

The road is expected to be fully open to drivers by the end of this week, but during the conversion, parking will be limited. 

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