Transportation Trends

Officials reveal new plans to tackle Austin's transportation issues

Officials reveal new plans to tackle Austin's transportation issues

Austin traffic highway I-35 congestion
The local government is looking to tackle transportation issues this year. Courtesy photo

KVUE — For Austin, 2016 is all about mobility. On Thursday, Austin City Council announced dozens of new projects to get the city's drivers moving more quickly and safely in the future.

With 109 total projects, the plan is broken down into five categories: mobility and congestion management, safety, innovative projects, planning for the future, and neighborhood connections.

To reduce congestion, the city plans to re-time some signals, limit construction closures, and better manage special events.

Council members have nine street reconstruction projects planned and will invest in new technology and infrastructure. The city plans to encourage alternative transportation with a carpool incentive program and a dedicated bike facility on the MoPac Expressway mobility bridges.

"There will be no answer to affordability in this city unless and until we address mobility in this city, because the two are linked together," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Perhaps the biggest set of projects includes construction of new sidewalks and bike connections in every part of the city  — nearly 50 — and six urban rail projects.

The council is expected to approve $21.8 million in additional mobility improvements in every district.

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For the full story and more details on the mobility plan, visit KVUE.