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Public Works manages the City's Capital Improvement Program projects through all phases of design, construction, and inspection. This is how your bond dollars are put to work! Projects range from the Austin City Hall to new swimming pools, fire stations and libraries.

In September of 2013, the City of Austin Water Utility, in conjunction with the Public Works Department, began the Martin Hill Transmission Main Project. The intent of this project is to provide water for the north and northwest quadrants of the City of Austin. As the City’s population continues to grow, so must the infrastructure to support it. It is also part of Austin Water’s Long Range Facility Plan. The boundaries of work are generally located from the Martin Hill Reservoir on Howard Lane to the intersection of Parmer Lane and McNeil Drive. 

In support of Imagine Austin, the Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) provides opportunities for community and neighborhood organizations to affect public improvements by sharing in the costs of those efforts with the City of Austin government.

Our Work:

Crossing Guards, Safety Education, Safe Routes to School

Since 1991, the Safe Routes to School program (formerly the Child Safety Program) has helped Austin’s children travel safely to school by educating students on pedestrian and bicycle safety and providing crossing guards at crucial intersections.

The Seaholm district is poised to be the downtown area’s newest vibrant center of culture, entertainment, housing, and retail. All of these amenities will be highlighted through pedestrian and bicycle friendly facilities. But as the construction in the area is bringing years of plans to reality, there are some interruptions to the normal paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Below you will find helpful links, schedules of closures and construction, renderings of some of the great features of the area, and contacts for more information.

The Public Works Department Sidewalk Program is responsible for repairing and adding miles of sidewalks around the City of Austin. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a driving factor in making sure that the right-of-way along our streets is safe and accessible for all, but there also are projects being built for transportation and recreational use.

Infrastructure and Asset Management:
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Comprised of professional and technically skilled staff, Public Works Street and Bridge Operations manages and maintains public right-of-way infrastructure including streets, bridges, sidewalks, guardrails, trees and vegetation. We patch potholes, resurface streets, repair utility cuts, maintain the City’s medians, right-of-way maintenance on trees, and respond after storms. Street and Bridge Operations consists of five divisions:

The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake will connect the current end of the trail by the Austin American Statesman Building to Lakeshore Park, closing the southeastern gap of the hike and bike trail.  Currently, pedestrians, runners and bikers are forced to use the Riverside Drive sidewalk over Interstate 35 to complete the 10.1 mile trail loop.

The City of Austin Urban Trails program promotes greenways and trails that provide important accessible routes for transportation. Urban trails are those that have a recreational function, but also serve a utilitarian need. We work closely with our community stakeholders, fellow departments and elected officials to bring the best, most environmentally conscious urban trail system that Austin can offer.

The Bicycle and Urban Trails Plan: Creating a connected and protected active transportation network