Multi-Modal Projects Coming to Cherrywood!

By Girard Kinney, Chair of Land, Use Transportation Committee (LUT)

Both the City of Austin and Capitol Metro are about to begin some improvements within and near the boundaries of Cherrywood that should be of particular interest to pedestrians and transit users.

Regarding Transit improvements, in June Capital Metro is rolling out its first major service changes in several years (capmetro.org/june2018), as a part of its Connections 2025 project. Notably in Cherrywood there are new lines with more frequency, and four new bus stops on E. 38th½. Attend the February CNA General meeting to learn more.

Regarding implementation of the 2016 transportation bonds, several sidewalk projects will be undertaken this year. Of particular interest to Cherrywooders is the current progress toward implementation of the Cherrywood Neighborhood Sidewalk Master Plan; for any of you who may not be familiar with our adopted Sidewalk Philosophy and Sidewalk Master Plan.

While not legally binding, our Sidewalk Master Plan has been recognized by the City as our sidewalk priorities which depicts a sidewalk on the east side of LaFayette. If you go to the Interactive Map at the LMAP site.

Most of the LaFayette sidewalk in our Sidewalk Master Plan was to have been built through the Group 21 Street improvement project, but they ran out of funding, so that project was put on indefinite hold. Then, using the ¼ cent CapMet Funds that remained available after the Rail bond election failed, an additional portion of that sidewalk got built from 32nd to E. 38th½.

The 2016 bond funds will now build a new stretch of sidewalk on the east side of LaFayette from 28th to 32nd St. This would have left the decrepit old, broken sidewalks in that stretch, but fortunately this time there is flexibility in the bond language, allowing “gaps” in the existing sidewalk system to be addressed, so even though not shown on the LMAP map, John Eastman reports that the work will actually complete the section from Dean Keaton to 32nd, completing this long-sought north south component of our sidewalk master plan.

With the these new sidewalks coming, and to promote pedestrian safety along LaFayette, this is a great time to contact the city at 311 to request sidewalk bulb-outs at intersections, and at the north end of LaFayette & E. 38th½ St, request a re-configured and signal intersection for safe passage.

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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