As part of the Transit Oriented Development Ordinance No. 20050519-008, the Watershed Protection Department identified needed storm water infrastructure improvements on East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (MLK) near the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) Red Line crossing. During heavy rain events, there is potential for this area to become impassable along MLK.

During the original construction of the Red Line, portions of needed storm water infrastructure improvements were constructed but not placed in service in anticipation of a future storm drain improvement project. This project incorporates the previously completed portions with new storm drain sections to complete a portion of the overall planned improvements. Also included in the project is a pedestrian hybrid beacon (crosswalk), new sidewalk, and other miscellaneous improvements.

Features

  • Approximately 139 linear feet of concrete concrete box culvert
  • 140 linear feet of bored water and wastewater main
  • 635 linear feet of water and wastewater mains
  • 6 manholes
  • Sidewalk installation
  • Pedestrian hybrid beacon (crosswalk)

Project Status and Impact

Weather permitting, the City’s contractor, M.A. Smith Contracting Company, will begin construction in early April, 2020. The contract allows for 365 Calendar Days to complete the project.

During most of the construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both the east and westbound lanes on E. MLK Blvd but vehicles will always have access in either direction. Utility services will not be impacted by the project. The contractor’s working hours will be Mon-Sun from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Map

Map of Boggy Creek MLK Projet Area

Funding

The project is funded from the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Capital Budget of the Watershed Protection Department

Total contract amount of $2.9 Million

Documents

Project Contacts

Laurie Thering, Project Manager, Public Works
Laurie.Thering@austintexas.gov

Matt Hart, Public Information, Public Works
Matthew.Hart@austintexas.gov

Glen Taffinder, Engineer, Watershed Protection
Glen.Taffinder@austintexas.gov