Council turns down plan to expand overnight construction

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin city council did not approve a proposal Thursday that would have expanded construction hours and areas around the city where crews could pour concrete.

Currently, concrete pours are allowed in the downtown core during non-peak hours between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. The proposed changes to city code would have expanded that area, reaching further north to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and west to Lamar Boulevard.

Instead, council members turned it down on its first reading and council member Laura Morrison added on an amendment to stop concrete pours in the downtown area at 2 a.m.

The proposal will need to go before the council again before anything is finalized.

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