Summer street projects close to getting green light

Published 6:29 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A number of proposed Austin summer street projects took a step toward breaking ground Tuesday night.

The seven projects, which would include work in locations throughout town, were all subject to public hearings at a city council meeting. They all received council approval.

These hearings are a required step in actually finalizing work, city engineer Jon Erichson said. The next step will be a March 15 hearing at which time nearby property owners can voice any concerns over assessments — costs charged by the city for work done adjacent to someone’s residence or business.

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Ultimately, if the projects make it through the next phase, Erichson said they are slated to begin and end sometime between May and October, depending on the particular project.

Erichson said final project specifications and costs are still being hammered out and should be ready by the next meeting. However, the engineer did say funding was in place for the work, either from city money or from various state and federal grants.

The proposed projects involve street and, in some instances, gutter, curb and sidewalk work at the following locations:

11th Avenue Northwest, from Fourth Street to 12th Street

Highway 218 Service Drive, from Oakland Avenue East to Sixth Avenue Northeast, near the airport

 Sixth Street Northwest from Oakland to Fourth Avenue; Sixth Street Southwest from First Avenue to Fourth Avenue

12th Avenue Northeast, from 17th Street to 21st Street. Near the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Second Street Northwest, from Oakland to Third Avenue

Fourth Avenue Southwest, from Eighth Street to 12th Street. Near the fairgrounds

 Ninth Avenue Southwest, from Fourth Street to 12th Street. Near Skinner’s Hill