Austin Avenue Bridges Project Overview
The City of Georgetown, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation, is proposing to rehabilitate the Austin Avenue bridges crossing the North and South Forks of the San Gabriel River and make pedestrian improvements from Second to Morrow Streets. The bridges were constructed in 1940 and deteriorated with time and increased traffic.
Schedule: The project and environmental review process are complex. The schedule has been updated and extended to allow for additional public input, analysis, and the environmental and historical review processes. This is an anticipated schedule and updates will be shared as they are available.
- May – Virtual Public Meeting: Responses to submitted comments are now available in the virtual public meeting report. Learn more about the project, watch the recorded presentation, and review meeting materials on the virtual public meeting webpage.
- Complete final design and construction plans
- Environmental clearance
- Begin right of way negotiations
- Earliest date construction could begin
The City recognizes the importance of working closely with the community throughout this project to identify solutions the community values. Public input will be collected and incorporated in each phase of the study. There are many opportunities to learn more about the project, participate in the study, and share input, which is highlighted in the Public Involvement Plan. The City and the project team will:
- Share Updates – Project information and updates will be shared as they are available via email. To sign up visit the contact page. Your contact information will not be shared and you may unsubscribe at any time.
- Hold Public Meetings – Meetings will be held to share information, collect input, and offer the opportunity for the City, project team, and the public a chance to work together. Details will be shared as meetings are confirmed.
- Meet with Stakeholders – As needed, the project team will meet with stakeholders and affected property owners. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a call or meeting with the team.
- Attend Community Meetings – The team will attend events and meetings in the community. We can share a quick update, set up booths, or give a detailed presentation. If you have a group that is interested in a presentation or update, please contact us.
Input and feedback will be collected as we work with the public and then incorporated into the study.
Activities to date
- January 2016 – Project Kickoff
- March 2016 – Meetings with property owners
- March 31, 2016 – Public Meeting 1 to share project overview and collect input
- May 2016 – TxDOT signs Advance Funding Agreement to provide environmental review
- June 29, 2016 – Public Meeting 2 to hold visioning workshop on themes and options
- August 23, 2016 – Informal Meeting with Consulting Parties led by TxDOT
- Fall 2016 – Historic Resource Process and Consulting Parties Coordination Begins
- May 11, 2017 – Public Meeting 3 to share possible alternatives
- November 2017 – TxDOT begins formal Section 106 Review with Consulting Parties
- Dec. 11, 2017 – TxDOT holds formal meeting for Consulting Parties
- Feb. 27, 2019 – Public Meeting 4 for input on bridge railing options
City staff and the project team are always available to visit about the project. Please call or email with any questions or comments.
City of Georgetown Project Manager: Eric Johnson