Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

Street and Bridge Operations

How can I get speed bumps or other “traffic calming” measures installed on my street?

These requests are handled within the Austin Transportation Department. Please call 3-1-1 or visit the Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) webpage for more information.

How can I get speed bumps or other “traffic calming” measures installed on my street?

These requests are handled within the Austin Transportation Department. Please call 3-1-1 or visit the Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) webpage for more information.

I just received a door hanger stating that my street will be receiving preventative maintenance. What does that mean and how is this decided?

The City of Austin uses a Pavement Management Information System (PMIS) to track pavement inventory and performance to coordinate, plan, and forecast pavement needs. The PMIS ensures that the sealcoat method is the most cost effective program for long-term pavement maintenance. The decision to maintain a specific street is primarily based on its age and condition.

Read more about street preventative maintenance and the sealcoat process.
 

What types of services does the Street and Bridge Operations Division provide?
Where can I find information on Protected Streets in the City of Austin?

View our Protected Streets List (pdf).

Updated January 2022. 

Where can I find information on which streets are scheduled for preventative maintenance?

Access the interactive 2022 Service Plan Map to see if your street is scheduled for preventative maintenance. To use, simply enter your address into the search field in the upper left of the map. You can zoom in and out and move the map around to see what maintenance is happening near you and all around Austin. Please call 3-1-1 to find out when a particular street is due for preventative maintenance. To hear which streets are scheduled for the following day, please call the Street Resurfacing Hotline at 512-974-9788.

 

 

Where can I find more information on right-of-way vegetation maintenance?

The Public Works Department is raising awareness to encourage Austinites to lend a hand in clearing vegetative obstructions in an effort to create safe and accessible paths (streets, sidewalks, trails, and alleyways) for all users in the public right-of-way. The goal of the campaign is to help educate property owners of their responsibility in keeping the public right-of-way clear of excessive vegetation that is obstructing a pathway. By doing so, the City will increase the functionality of sidewalks, streets, and alleys; and increase safety for all users. People with mobility and vision impairments or distracted users might not be able to pass by the overgrown vegetative barrier.

Learn more about:

Right-of-Way Vegetation Maintenance

Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful brochure outlining Property Owners Responsibility

Where can I report a pothole or other street maintenance issue?

Just call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000 outside of Austin) or visit 311's customer service page to make your request. You can also report issues through the 311 app available on Google Play Store or iTunes Store. Users with Blackberry, Palm, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices can access it at 311.austintexas.gov.

How do I apply for an exemption to the Transportation User Fee?

Residential customers may be eligible for an exemption if the person who is responsible for paying the utility bill meets one of the following criteria:

  • Age 65 or older; or
  • Does not own or regularly use a private motor vehicle
  • Property is vacant (determined automatically each month based on electric and water usage)

If you believe you are eligible for this exemption, click here to fill out the form online or download and complete the forms below and then email the form to TUFexemptions@austintexas.gov.

Click here to download the fee exemption application.


Commercial customers may be eligible for an exemption while the property is vacant. Commercial properties must notify the City when the property is no longer vacant, or evey 6 months, whichever occurs first. The Transportation User Fee will begin billing the commercial property after 6 months if a new form is not received.

Fill out the form online (Preferred), or download and complete the form below and email to TUFVacancy@AustinTexas.Gov

Download the Vacant Commercial Property Exemption form

For additional exemption information, please call (512) 974-1002 or Austin Energy Customer Care at 512-494-9400.

How is the Public Works Department organized?

Check out our illustration to see how the department is organized.

What is the transportation user fee?

The Transportation User Fee (TUF) is a fee assessed to residents and businesses based on the traffic levels generated by each dwelling unit or business. View the City of Austin Ordinance regarding the fee. 

This monthly fee funds street maintenance and repair, annual street overlay and striping, and other activities necessary for keeping Austin's roadways in good condition. City of Austin residents pay the mandatory fee to help prolong the life of city infrastructure and assets. By managing and maintaining public right of way infrastructure, the City of Austin is able to save taxpayer money by intervening before full reconstruction is needed. Full street reconstruction can be costly and time-consuming, therefore preventative maintenance provided by the fee helps reduce these costs.

Commercial customers may be eligible for an exemption while the property is vacant. Commercial properties must notify the City when the property is no longer vacant, or every 6 months, whichever occurs first. The Transportation User Fee will begin billing the commercial property after 6 months if a new form is not received.

Fill out the form online (Preferred), or download and complete the form below and email to TUFVacancy@AustinTexas.Gov
Download the Vacant Commercial Property Exemption form

Vacant properties are exempt from the fee including both residential and commercial properties.

Residential customers may be eligible for an exemption if the person who is responsible for paying the utility bill meets one of the following criteria

  • Age 65 or older or 
  • Does not own or regularly use a private motor vehicle
  • Property is vacant (determined automatically each month based on electric and water usage)

If you believe you are eligible for this exemption, click here to fill out the form online or download and complete the forms below and then email the form to TUFexemptions@austintexas.gov.

Click here to download the fee exemption application.                               

For residential customers, the fee is a variable monthly rate. See residential rates below. 

House/garage apartment $14.96
Duplex $13.62
Triplex/fourplex $11.60
Townhouse/condo $11.60
Mobile home $10.39
Five or more units $11.74

 

For commercial customers the rate is $74.85 per developed acre and then multiplied by the usage category which is based on the type of business. 

For additional billing information, please call (512) 974-1002 or Austin Energy Customer Care at 512-494-9400.

Where can I find information about Public Works' source of funding and how it's used?

View our 2016 Annual Report for funding information. 

 

Capital Project Delivery

How can I access construction design and technical resources for contractors, designers, and consultants?

Access Standards in pdf, AutoCAD and MicroStation format here. You can use the table of contents to locate details by name. This is a temporary location for the standards while the publisher sets up their site to provide all formats.

To access Specifications, access the publisher's website. All other Criteria Manuals and the City Code are also available on the publisher’s website.

City of Austin Sidewalk Program

How are new sidewalk projects funded?

New sidewalks are funded both by private development and through City of Austin Capital Project Delivery projects. When a new private development project is constructed, the developer is required to provide sidewalks. This requirement also applies to most redevelopment projects. City CIP projects that involve full street reconstruction also generally include pedestrian and sidewalk improvements. Want to learn more about sidewalk funding? View a helpful handout that breaks down the history of sidewalks in Austin, the state of the sidewalks, how sidewalks are funded and built, benefits and how you can get involved to make a difference.

In addition the City CIP program, there are also standalone Sidewalk construction and rehabilitation projects. These projects are typically funded through voter-approved bonds, but also receive funding from state and federal grants and from the City of Austin sidewalk fee-in-lieu program.

How are new sidewalk projects prioritized?

The City of Austin Sidewalk Master Plan has a prioritization matrix for new sidewalk projects that includes the following factors:

  • How far are the nearby schools, major employers, transit stops, government offices, public accommodations and public housing?
  • How many people live in the area?
  • Are there already existing sidewalks in the area?
  • How busy is the street?
  • Has a request been made? (Has the request been made by the ADA task force, as part of an Adopted Neighborhood Plan, or by a neighborhood resident?)
  • Have there been reported pedestrian safety concerns?

Using this decision matrix, the Sidewalk Program’s limited budget is used to achieve maximum benefits.

How do I request a new sidewalk or curb ramp?

Submit your request by calling Austin 3-1-1 or by entering it online or by using the Austin 3-1-1 app. Please provide the location and extent of the requested improvements. If you provide your contact information, City of Austin staff will follow up and provide feedback about funding availability.

Is there a list of upcoming sidewalk projects available online?

Yes. There are a couple of different ways you can look further into upcoming and current sidewalk projects:

1 | Sidewalk Improvement Projects can be viewed through a quarterly report map that shows you where sidewalk improvement projects are active, completed and planned as part of the Sidewalk Master Plan and ADA Transition Plan. Within the report, the map highlights where bus stop improvements are complete.

2 | You can view a map-based display through the new CIVIC website which provides information on current projects funded in whole or in part by the bond programs from 2013, 2012, 2010, 2006 and earlier. 

Want more information on how sidewalks are funded, built, facts about the current state of sidewalks in Austin and more? View our helpful handout.

Want to learn more about Sidewalks in Austin?

Let's take a walk: A look at Sidewalks in Austin. View a helpful handout that breaks down the history of sidewalks in Austin, the state of the sidewalks, how sidewalks are funded and built, benefits and how you can get involved to make a difference. 

What is "sidewalk fee in lieu"?

The sidewalk fee in lieu allows for developers to pay a fee in lieu of building sidewalks if the project meets a certain criteria within the Land Development Code, Chapter 25-6-354. Should the criteria be met, the developer pays the fee. The money collected, is then set-aside in a fund for future sidewalk construction in the area. The City of Austin will then notify the Neighborhood Contact Team in the area if an application for fee-in-lieu is approved as part of a new subdivision, site plan, or building permit.

Learn more about sidewalk fee in lieu.

Where can I find a copy of the approved 2016 Sidewalk Master Plan?

View the approved 2016 Sidewalk Master Plan here (pdf).  For additional resources and information about City of Austin sidewalks, visit our Sidewalk Program page.