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4:50 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

City Round-Up: Street Closures, Surplus Sales, and Parking Goes Mobile

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It wouldn’t be a weekend in Austin without a few street closures, but this one’s lasting a little longer than most. The city advises West 34th Street, between Medical Parkway and Lamar Boulevard will be closed for three months, as the city repairs pipes under the stretch of street.

The city has more information on street closures on their Special Events website.

In other city news:

  • Keeping with the transportation theme: The city will be hosting an open house on their “wayfinding” efforts Downtown Tuesday, Jan. 17. The city defines wayfinding as a process that “explores ways to navigate from one place to another, and focuses on highlighting the experience of the path and eventual arrival of the wayfinding user.” In other words: expedited directions to the public parking in scarce areas like Downtown, consistent city signage for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and development of mobile device applications that can help get Austinites to where they need to go. The meeting is scheduled Jan. 17 at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs, from 6-7:30pm.
  • City of Austin offices will be closed this Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day, but Austin Animal Center will be open. The No-Kill designated center is currently operating at capacity, and the city seems to be hoping people off from work that day will help take some animals off their hands.
  •  An auction of abandoned, unclaimed and surplus city property will be held at the end of the month – albeit all the way in Pflugerville. “Items will include Bicycles, Power Tools, Stereos, Jewelry, other electronic goods, and various surplus equipment from City of Austin departments,” the city writes.