Austin’s transportation ballot issue, Proposition 1, was approved by voters 55%-45% yesterday. The $90 million issue was controversial with some voters because approximately 40% of the proceeds were earmarked to multimodal transportation projects such as sidewalks, bike lanes, a mobility trail and boardwalk and rapid transit options.
By approving the measure, Austin voters agreed to updates to Interstate Highway 35 through the center of the city as well as myriad other road and mobility projects. Some of the other roads slated for improvements under the issue include Mopac, Riverside Drive, Guadalupe Street north of the UT campus and US 183.
The pedestrian and transit items were the most controversial components of the bond issue and include a boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake, a multi-use trail along Kramer Lane between Metric Boulevard and Burnet Road in north Austin as well as several smaller projects including bicycle crosswalks and improved signage and lane markings at various locations around town.
Prior to voting, the Austin American-Statesman editorialized in favor of the issue, urging residents to invest in Austin’s infrastructure. Voters apparently agreed and easily passed Proposition 1.
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