Transportation Is Largest Part of November Bond Vote
Austin voters will decide on $385 million worth of bond projects this November, including money for affordable housing, public safety and cultural projects. But the largest chunk of money is dedicated to transportation and mobility. KUT’s Wells Dunbar met with Ben Wear of the Austin American-Statesman to discuss what’s involved in transportation’s $143 million share.
The largest chunks are actually not specific projects. There’s $35 million in there for reconstructing various streets to be named later, there’s $25 million in there for sidewalks and gutters around town. But when you get to specifics, some of the more interesting ones there would be $4 million for a bicycle bridge over Barton Creek at MoPac. There’s also $11 million in there for something that is sort of marginally a transportation project. It’s a maintenance facility for the city public works department and the city transportation department for their vehicles. The facility exists already, and this would expand it, overhaul it, improve it.