City could shift money from Third Street project to Lady Bird Lake boardwalk
POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 7:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 7:44pm
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin officials, in search of money to cover higher-than-expected costs for the pending Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, probably will shift funding from a project to widen sidewalks and add landscaping on Third Street downtown. Both projects were approved by voters as part of a transportation bond package in 2010.
The City of Austin would shelve work on a "great streets" makeover of five blocks of West Third Street, and instead would spruce up only three blocks of the street east of Congress Avenue, under a plan from the Public Works staff. Work on East Third could begin as soon as October, said Keri Juarez, assistant director of the Public Works Department.
George Scariano, co-owner of the Royal Blue Grocery on West Third between Colorado and Lavaca streets, said he and other retailers in that emerging commercial district have been looking forward to a more pedestrian-friendly street in front of their businesses.
Their hope has been that the slower two-way traffic, bike lanes and increased foot traffic will increase business.
Information from Austin American-Statesman