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Williams Drive Study

Purpose:

Develop a plan of action that will incorporate safety, efficient transportation operations, safe accommodations of all modes, and integration of smart transportation and land use, community needs, and the future economic growth of Williams Drive.

The goals for Williams Drive include:

  • Enhance multimodal movements and transportation operations
  • Support corridor-wide and regional sustainable growth and economic development.
  • Protect and enhance the corridor’s quality of life.
  • Encourage development that creates a variety of context sensitive mixed-use services that are accessible to neighborhoods.

Project Tasks:

  • Technical Data Collection
  • Four Public Meetings
    • Open House
    • Charrette Week
  • Numerous Stakeholder Engagements
  • Internal (City boards, Council, etc.)
  • External (GISD, Health Foundation, WilCo, etc.)
  • Ongoing Public Communication and Updates
  • Developed an Existing Conditions Report
  • Finalized Conceptual Design and Community Vision
  • Implementation Plan Completed for Short, Mid and Long terms

Progress to Date:

  • Recommendations from P&Z and GTAB to adopt the Short Term Implementation Plan
  • City Council Acceptance of Study and Adoption of the Short Term Implementation Plan
  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Installed flashing yellow arrows to alleviate turning conflicts and improve light wait times
  • Awarded Central Texas Transportation Plan of the Year, 2017
  • Awarded $1.38M in Federal transportation funding for access improvement.

Projects underway:
Construction of turn lanes at Rivery Blvd and Williams Drive.
The City has begun work to incorporate the land use findings from the Centers Area of the Williams Drive Study as part of the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan update, which will include additional outreach opportunities.

Work will commence this summer on the Rivery Boulevard extension project and expected to be completed by mid-2019, creating additional connectivity to Northwest Boulevard and eventually over I-35. Recommendations resulting from the Williams Drive Study have been incorporated into the design of Rivery Boulevard. Following the completion of Rivery Boulevard in mid-2019, the City will begin constructing the Northwest Boulevard Bridge, which will provide a parallel route to Williams Drive from Austin Avenue to Lakeway Drive.

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