$185M in road, parks improvements will go before Travis County voters

FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two bond initiatives totaling $185 million for transportation and parks projects will go before Travis County voters in just three months.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to place the initiatives on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot. If both bonds were to pass, it’ll cost the average home valued at $305,173 around $24 per year.

The transportation and road safety bond package, valued at $93.4 million, will include projects mainly in the eastern half of the county. The largest of which will be extending Harold Green Road from State Highway 130 to Austin Colony Boulevard. The new 2-lane road will also have dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks at a cost of $11.8 million.

A new 4-lane divided road with bike lanes and sidewalks on South Pleasant Valley Road from Farm to Market 1373 to Bradshaw Road will also be included in the bond, at $9.5 million.

The parks and open spaces bond package, valued at $91.5 million, will include the $23.5 million Bee Creek Sports Complex, $10.5 million Onion Creek Greenway improvements and Northeast Metro Park Soccer Fields improvements at $8.3 million and conservation easements throughout the county, valued at $16.6 million.

The Bee Creek Sports Complex funding will build a new sports complex with synthetic turf fields, sports lighting, hiking, biking, and walking trail, picnic areas, playgrounds, and other site improvements. The improvements to the Northeast Metro Park Soccer Fields includes converting four of the soccer fields to synthetic turf and to install sports lighting.

“This bond election is about the safety, mobility and quality of life of Travis County residents,” said Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. “We had a quality process with our Citizens Bond Advisory Committee, who did an amazing job in committing their time and listening to input. Now we look forward to our November 7 election.”

Travis County’s Planning and Budget Office will be working on a more refined estimate and calculator that residents can use to estimate the impact of the proposed bond election based on their home’s value. The calculator should be available on the county’s website in September.


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