Streets, sidewalks and bridges: Prop G asks for $160M in improvements

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Early voting starts Monday and while deciding who will be the state’s next senator and representatives, Austinites will also vote on the future of our city.

That includes seven propositions focusing on various issues totaling $925 million.

  • Proposition A: $250 million for affordable housing
  • Proposition B: $128 million for libraries, museums and cultural centers
  • Proposition C: $149 million for parks and recreation
  • Proposition D: $184 million for flood mitigation, open space, and water quality protection
  • Proposition E: $16 million for health and human services
  • Proposition F: $38 million for public safety
  • Proposition G: $160 million for transportation infrastructure.

Proposition G’s $160 million aims at tackling transportation issues across the city — with the biggest chunk of it going to street reconstruction — $66.5 million.

“At some point they do require major reinvestment,” said Richard Mendoza, director for the city of Austin’s public works department. “They do you get beyond the regular maintenance and preservation and when you do have to go in there and either reconstruct or rehabilitate that to bring it back to new condition.”

An additional $20 million would go to improve sidewalks. “These are going to be your sidewalks that are around have a pedestrian usage,” said Mendoza.

The sidewalks would be around schools, parks, shopping centers and the downtown area; including several in east Austin.

“It’s always nice to have a safe route to get to where you’re going,” said Sandra Campbell, an east Austin native.

If approved, improved sidewalks would also meet ADA standards. Another piece of the pie, $50 million, would pay to replace the two-lane Redbud Trail/Emmet Shelton Bridge over Lady Bird Lake that 16,000 commutes use daily.

$15 million would go to the city’s department of transportation’s “vision zero” program — aimed at reducing the number of people who die in traffic crashes to zero by allocating the money toward intersection and pedestrian safety improvements.

Another $4.5 million would go to upgrade and install new signals and technology.

$3 million would enhance and expand urban trails. The last $1 million would go to fund the Neighborhood Partnering Program — which allows residents to partner with the city on projects with the purpose of improving quality of life.

“Austin is such a great place to live everybody wants live here,” said Mendoza. The city has not yet identified which streets would be a part of the street reconstruction. Last time voters approved money for transportation improvements was in 2016.

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