Road construction is a familiar sight in Austin. It can be necessary for all sorts of reasons: road maintenance, utility upgrades, or for transportation improvements, and it isn’t always the City doing the work. It could be another agency or even private companies – telecom companies have special rules allowing them to cut into streets. But when it occurs it snarls things up. A good example is the ongoing work on Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, which will reduce the road to two lanes between West 2nd and 3rd Streets until January 2015.
So what do you do?
You can get information or get surprised. The Austin American Statesman website has one of the only street closure lists updated daily and including accidents as well as construction.
You can also use options like transit that can help unsnarl some of the traffic congestion that construction causes, simply because it takes cars off the road. Just be careful: unfortunately construction also makes it very difficult for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate the streets, as this picture shows.
Movability and the Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council have brought these safety issues up with the City, and are beginning a conversation about how to ensure safe pedestrian and bike access during construction. Want to have a say? Consider getting involved in the Pedestrian Advisory Council.
photo via Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council