City breaks ground on Anderson Mill Road project to help alleviate ‘traffic, traffic, traffic’

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ground is officially broken along Anderson Mill Road between U.S. Highway 183 and Spicewood Parkway.

It’s the start of the city’s biggest project so far from the 2016 Mobility Bond.

Austin City Council member Jimmy Flanagan spoke about it via videoconference on Monday, August 3.

“The community has long said, certainly in this part of town — but almost everywhere — that their top issues are ‘traffic, traffic, and traffic,’ said Flanagan. “And they, the community, has repeatedly said that they’re willing to invest in solutions that help solve mobility and help folks get around, and deal with traffic safety, pedestrian safety and bicycle safety.”

Improvements to that stretch of Anderson Mill Road are slated to cost $8 million, and construction is scheduled to last up to 18 months, the Austin Transportation Department said.

The project will include various elements to improve mobility in the area.

When the bond was passed by voters in 2016, the improvements were penciled in at $5.5 million. They’re designed to “enhance safety for all road users,” and it began as a grassroots, community-led effort to address safety and mobility along the road, the city said.

Due to restrictions against large gatherings and social distancing considerations, the city recorded a small groundbreaking ceremony and posted it Friday on YouTube.

Flanagan also expressed gratitiude that the improvements are coming to this specific area, saying, “…To actually start the dirt turning, that is super exciting. And it’s exciting for a part of town that has often felt that central Austin interests [weren’t listened to].”

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