Construction, commencing this month, will span approximately a fifth of a mile between Mesa Drive and Loop 360, incorporating shared-use lanes for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as medians. The project, estimated at $31 million, is slated for completion by December 2026.
Council Member Alter emphasized the project's impact on safety, stating, "Between 2012 and 2017, 47% of vehicle collisions along this stretch resulted in an injury. I am very pleased that the new improvements will not only create a safer and more efficient road but will do so preserving green space."
Alter highlighted the project as a crucial addition to the city's mobility options, saying, "With the new shared paths that will be on both sides of the road, this project will increase the mobility options for the area and truly serve Austin's many families and workers as they make their way through our community."
Steve Grace, Interim Assistant Director of Capital Delivery Services, mentioned the city's commitment to environmental preservation during construction.
"We worked with environmental consultant Hicks & Co. to protect the various unique animals that live along the road, ensuring construction would not impact the endangered Jollyville Plateau Salamander or disrupt Golden-Cheeked Warbler nesting activity," Grace said.
Jim Dale, Interim Deputy Director of Transportation and Public Works, highlighted the need for improved infrastructure for everyone in the city.
“One message our residents have consistently delivered to us is they want safer, more efficient ways to move around Austin no matter what transportation method they are using,” Dale said. “This Spicewood Springs Road project is a great example of the City delivering on that mandate from Austinites.”
To engage with the community, Capital Delivery Services and Transportation and Public Works will host a "Meet the Contractor" event on December 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. Residents will have the opportunity to view the plans and pose questions to city officials and DeNucci Constructors, the project's builder.
About Capital Delivery Services:
Capital Delivery Services (CDS) builds public projects to support the community. We have the right people with the right experience to plan, design, build, and inspect projects to deliver on-time and on-budget. he core of our staff includes engineers, architects and other professionals with a wealth of experience managing small and large projects. We bring additional expertise to the table through the collaboration with our partners – whether community members, consultants, contracting teams, or other City departments. We are focused on one City, one team, one approach.