City looks for answers to traffic woes on Guadalupe

Guadalupe St. through the UT campus (Mark Batchelder, KXAN).

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whether it’s a game day or a Monday, the section of Guadalupe Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 29th Street is usually congested. That’s why on Wednesday the city wants the public’s feedback on what improvements are needed in the area. Right now, city engineers see four issues causing congestion – bikers, walkers, cars and buses.

“We need citizen input on where the problems are, what improvements can be made,” said Alan Hughes, Austin Transportation Department project manager. “West Campus is growing like crazy, and we need to get ahead of the curve and be able to take care of that area.”

Wednesday night will be the first public meeting to find out what citizens want to see done.

“And make Guadalupe Street a destination with very nice amenities to encourage those short trips to be made by bicycle or by walking, instead of having everyone take their car everywhere,” said Hughes.

The public meeting was held Wednesday at the University Presbyterian Church on San Antonio Street. Input from the meeting will be sent off to a consultant who will come up with a plan and a cost estimate. Right now there is no funding in place for improvement projects, but the city’s Transportation Department said that’s because they need to have an idea of what it might cost before they can ask for funding. That likely won’t happen until the fall of next year.

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