Folks who drive, work, bike, or walk along Anderson Mill Road between Spicewood Parkway and US 183 have noticed the recent parade of construction vehicles and workers clad in reflective vests and hardhats, as work along the Eastbound lanes of the District 6 road has begun.
Construction on Anderson Mill Road between US 183 and Spicewood Parkway officially launched last week with a groundbreaking ceremony. The project will not only relieve traffic congestion but also make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians and improve water quality through storm water drainage improvement. The $8 million project is the largest to come out of the voter-approved 2016 Mobility Bond and is a multimodal partnership between Public Works and the Transportation Department.
Anderson Mill Road is also a congested bus route without sidewalks, making it difficult and unsafe to get to the bus stops. Adding sidewalks as well as shared-use pathways for cyclists will make the road safer for all commuters and users of the busy thoroughfare.
As mentioned in the recently released City of Austin Anderson Mill Groundbreaking video, the intersection of Anderson Mill and 183 is “famous in this area of town for traffic accidents.” To remedy that, cars will no longer be able to take a left turn out of the Starbucks located at that intersection, and instead, there will be a dedicated right-turn lane to access 183. Additional traffic improvements include medians, a center turn lane, and improved signals.
One feature that will be obvious to everyone who passes by this area during construction: Rows and rows of bright green berms. According to Austin Transportation, these berms “are basically ‘mulch logs,’ installed to provide sediment control during any rain events as part of the environmental controls that stop pollutants from adhering to sediments and sediments from impervious cover (i.e. pavement). In the case of this project, they also help protect Edwards Aquifer from pollutants. It’s heavy duty netting typically filled with recycled wood products like mulch.”
To start the project, crews are digging for utilities that may need to be moved and have begun the stormwater drainage improvements. Construction is expected to take 18 months.