On June 27th, the Georgetown City Council will hold a workshop on the Austin Avenue bridges. This project will have a significant impact on our historic downtown and its businesses.
In this second blog post in our Facts Series, we’ll quickly show you how a TURN SIGNAL at the intersection of Austin Avenue and San Gabriel Village Blvd. is a better option than a dedicated TURN LANE.
- It provides safe, protected turns.
- It’s less expensive to implement.
- It requires NO construction or bridge replacement.
- It’s less disruptive to historic downtown and its businesses.
- We can do a turn signal NOW!
The turn lane solution requires widening of the Austin Avenue bridges. That means construction – total removal and replacement of the bridge decks!
Construction also means detours, closures and disruption.
The City estimates that bridge construction options will take anywhere from 18 to 24 months. At the Alliance, we’re wondering if there has ever been a road construction project that finished on time!
MOPAC and Salado come to mind!
At the Alliance, we’ve studied all five of the options that the City has shortlisted. We’re backing Option 6A, Rehabilitation of the Bridges with a separate pedestrian bridge. Here’s why:
- It meets our needs for traffic and pedestrian safety.
- The pedestrian bridge connects our historic downtown with the San Gabriel Trail and Rivery Park.
- It costs at least $5 million dollars less than the construction options.
- It will result in the least disruption to historic downtown Georgetown.
Will you join us?
Please contact your City Council Member and tell them that you support Option 6A, and they should, too!
For help in contacting your Council Member, click here.