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12:54 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Water Work on Walsh Tarlton Begins This Weekend

Lane closures and detours will affect Walsh Tarlton north of Loop 360.
Image courtesy Google Maps.

The City of Austin is warning drivers to be aware of lane closures and detours beginning this Saturday, due to water main work in the area of Walsh Tarlton Lane and Loop 360 - near the Barton Creek Square Mall. The detours will last through the rest of the summer, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. 

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traffic
1:07 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

I-35 Closed Again Tonight at Ben White Blvd.

This map shows the detour routes in green and the closures in red.

Interstate 35 at Ben White Blvd. will be closed again this weekend for construction work on flyovers intended to connect I-35 with US 290. 

Here’s what will happen as of 8 pm tonight, according to the Texas Department of Transportation:

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Transportation
4:16 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Weekend Closure at Rio Grande and 24th Streets

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It might be harder to cruise around West Campus this weekend when a major intersection shuts down for construction.

Beginning on Friday at 9 am, the intersection at Rio Grande St. and 24th St. will be closed and will not reopen until Monday at 6 am. The street is being closed because crews are working on water lines, storm drains and road reconstruction.

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traffic
12:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Lane Reductions Until September on Riverside Dr. at S. 1st St.

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It might be disgusting to visualize, but the sewer lines serving downtown are at capacity, and now the city is building another tunnel to relieve central Austin of all its “wastewater”. For drivers, that means lane closures on Riverside Dr. at S. 1st St. until September.

The closures will reduce east bound traffic on Riverside to one lane from the traffic circle in front of the Long Center all the way to S. 1st St. Two lanes will be open westbound.

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Traffic
12:52 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

South Congress Repaving Project Delayed

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Update at 12:48 pm: The City of Austin has announced it is delaying a repaving project on S. Congress Ave. by as much as a week. Work crews found problems with water lines feeding into the 12-inch water main that runs under S. Congress Ave, and those must now be repaired. The repaving project was going to cause lane closures, and now repairs to water infrastructure will create some construction slowdowns.

"Right now we're looking at [delays] of anywhere from a couple of days to a week, depending on how long it takes the water utility to complete those repairs," Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley told KUT News.

Harley says the city will revaluate the repaving schedule, and expects to issue a revised timeline later this week.

Earlier: Give yourself a little extra time if you have to drive down S. Congress Ave. between now and mid-July. The City of Austin is re-paving a stretch the road from Riverside Dr. to Oltorf St. Starting today, northbound lanes will be reduced from 8:30 am to 7 pm. Southbound lane closures will be in effect from 7 am until 4 pm.

The city is re-paving the road in portions, starting first with a stretch between Oltorf St. and Annie St. and gradually moving north. The construction will be completed in three phases, as indicated by the different colors on the map.

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Transportation
2:44 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

No Racetrack Yet, But F1 is Financing Roads in Travis County

The site of a planned F1 racetrack in East Austin.
Photo courtesy of Full Throttle Productions.

A proposed Formula One racetrack southeast of Austin is not a done deal, but that hasn't stopped F1 from helping to fund upgrades to a road that would lead to the track.

Tuesday, Travis County Commissioners voted to accept $375,000 from Circuit of the Americas LLC, to use for improvements to FM 812. Those upgrades would prepare the road for heavier traffic on race days at the as-yet-unbuilt racetrack.

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transportation
3:05 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Austin Gas Prices Drop Ahead of Long Weekend

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

We’re still just 25 cents shy of the all-time gas price record for the Austin metro area, but the price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped nine cents from this time last week.  

The latest fuel price report from AAA Texas says gas is selling for an average $3.72 in the Austin-San Marcos region. That compares with $3.81 last Thursday. The highest recorded average price was $3.975 back in July 2008.

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Transportation
1:11 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

UT Crowds And I-35 Construction Could Slow Weekend Traffic

Traffic could be much busier than this on I-35 this weekend because of numerous events at UT and a temporary closure at Ben White Blvd.
Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Interstate 35 is likely to be more congested than usual this weekend because of a flurry of activities at the University of Texas and a construction closure of I-35 at Ben White Blvd.

Not only are there commencement activities at UT Austin this weekend, but there’s also baseball and softball games.

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Transportation
1:05 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

I-35 Nighttime Closures In Kyle Next Week

If you’re passing through Kyle next week anytime between 9 pm and 6 am, you may want to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says it will be closing Interstate 35 northbound for two days and then closing it southbound for two days after that.  Here is the full schedule.

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Transportation
11:47 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Google Map Of Places Participating In Bike To Work Day 2011

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People who ride their bikes to work this Friday can take advantage of free food at various locations across town. The City of Austin provided this map of participating locations, but we thought it would be useful to see them on a zoomable Google Map that also allows you to plot your route. 

Click on a location to see if they are open from 7 am to 9 am (marked AM) or from 4 pm to 7 pm (marked PM) or both (marked AM/PM). 

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Transportation
1:14 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Texas Gets $15 Million for High-Speed Rail

The U.S. Transportation Department has granted $15 million to study a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Image courtesy flickr.com/loudtiger

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $2 billion worth of funding today to expand high-speed intercity rail travel.  $15 million of that is coming to Texas.

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Lane Closures Could Slow Northbound I-35 This Weekend

Northbound traffic on Interstate 35 around Ben White could be slow this weekend as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) closes lanes to allow crews to work on a flyover.

Here's the schedule:

10 pm Friday to 4 am Saturday

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Transportation
12:33 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

City Hopes These Signs Will Help You Find Parking Faster

Signs that look like this will be installed in 44 locations downtown to direct people to off-street parking.

Get used to seeing these signs if you spend time downtown. The city is temporarily installing 44 of them to direct people to off-street parking. Staff hopes it will help reduce what they call "extraneous traffic circulation." In other words, people circling the block looking for a spot on the street.

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TRAFFIC
9:57 am
Sat April 30, 2011

Weekend Street Closures: Bun Run, Texas Roundup, Eeyore's Birthday

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The Texas Roundup 5K will close several streets downtown Saturday morning. Check out the map above for details. Blue lines are partial closures. Red lines are full closures. You can a street closure for the exact times, but everything is scheduled to be reopened by 11 a.m.

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Transportation
2:45 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Google Map Of Street Closures For Texas Relays Weekend

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The Texas Relays are not just a serious competition for track and field athletes. The annual event has also become a celebration of southern car culture. All those slabs cruising through downtown can make it very difficult to navigate the area. This year, Austin police say they are taking extra measures to try to mitigate the gridlock.

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Transportation
12:39 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Google Maps Of Austin's Weekend Street Closures

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It won't be quite as gridlocked as it was during South by Southwest, but this weekend is filled with events causing road closures in Austin.  In an effort to make it easier for you to understand which streets are closed and when, we've created two Google Maps.  The map above shows street closures on Sunday. The one below shows the street closures on Saturday.

Please zoom in and click on specific closures for more information on the times they are in effect. Red lines indicate full closures. Orange lines indicate partial closures. Blue lines indicate local access only. Green lines show the detour route around the I-35 and Ben White interchange.

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SXSW 2011
2:07 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Get Your Car Off E. 6th St. By Midnight To Avoid Being Towed

Signs indicate when people need to move their cars off streets that will close. Posts and parking machines are wrapped in plastic to make removal of posters easier after SXSW ends.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

Comfortable shoes and iPad 2s are making way for synthesizers and neck tattoos as South by Southwest shift gears overnight from interactive to music.  The latter brings out much larger crowds, so the city is shutting E. 6th St. at midnight. Right now there are signs warning people to move their vehicles. Check out our Google Map of road closures after the jump.

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Transportation
2:55 pm
Sat March 12, 2011

Sidewalks Reopen Under I-35 In Time For SXSW Crowds

Construction gates have been removed on the final portion of the renovation under I-35 downtown, but one parking lot is still closed to vehicles.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Construction gates have been removed on a project to renovate the parking lot under Interstate 35 in downtown Austin, allowing people to walk freely on the expanded sidewalks. For the past several months, pedestrians walking under I-35 were restricted to a narrow pathway next to fast moving traffic. That could have created a dangerous situation for the thousands of people descending on the city for SXSW.

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Transportation
1:59 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Parts of Highways 130 & 45 Toll Free This Weekend

Traffic on I-35 could be a headache this weekend, because of work at Ben White Blvd. So TxDOT is making parts of the toll road network toll-free this Saturday to relieve the stress.
Image by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

The Texas Department of Transportation will waive tolls on segments of SH 130 and SH 45 this Saturday, while crews shut down I-35 at the Ben White Freeway (SH-71).

Tolls won't be collected on SH 45 Southeast, SH 130 and a portion of SH 45 North, near Round Rock and Pflugerville between 6:00 a.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. Sunday, according to TxDOT spokesman John Hurt. 

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Transportation
10:35 am
Tue February 22, 2011

Capital Metro Plans MetroRail Disaster Drill

Capital Metro plans to conduct a MetroRail emergency drill tonight
Callie Hernandez for KUT News

If you see something that looks like a commuter train wreck in Williamson County tonight, it's only a test.  Capital Metro will conduct an emergency drill involving the MetroRail commuter service starting at 8:00 p.m. this evening somewhere between Leander and Lakeline stations.

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