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Downtown novelty: $6M sky bridge to connect hotel, Austin Convention Center

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Rendering of the planned Austin sky bridge.

A 33-foot, $6 million aerial walkway surrounded by foliage will connect the forthcoming Fairmont Austin hotel and the Austin Convention Center as part of a partnership between the hotel and a nature conservancy. Work recently began on the walkway and completion is estimated in May 2017.

The unique sky bridge was designed by New York-based Thomas Phifer and Partners. Along with Thomas Phifer and Partners, Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates Inc. is also designing Waller Creek Conservancy’s revitalization of the 37-acre urban park. …Read Entire Post

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Austin: TxDOT breaking ground on I-35 improvements

New construction breaking ground on I-35.

New construction breaking ground on I-35.

The Texas Department of Transportation is breaking ground on its Mobility35 program to add between $4.3 billion and $4.5 billion worth of improvements to I-35 in Central Texas. TxDOT plans to break ground June 29 on I-35 improvements from Stassney Lane to William Cannon Drive in South Austin.

Mobility35, which TxDOT launched in 2011 in partnership with the city of Austin, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and other local leaders and agencies, are planned for 65 miles on I-35 from SH 130 in Georgetown to Posey Road in San Marcos. …Read Entire Post

Mobility Authority, TxDOT break ground on $743 million 183 South project

183 South Project

183 South Project

Upon completion in 2020, the 183 South project will quadruple the capacity to drivers east of downtown Austin and open access regionally to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Construction will begin in May on the $743 million project, which will include building three tolled lanes in each direction on US 183 between Hwy. 290 and SH 71 and also include three nontolled lanes in each direction with bike lanes and a shared-use path.

The first phase of the project between Hwy. 290 and Techni Center Drive is anticipated to be finished in 2019 with full completion of the project in 2020.

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UPS to build new package distribution facility in Round Rock

UPS distribution facility to begin construction in Round Rock.

UPS distribution facility to begin construction in Round Rock.

UPS will build a new package distribution and warehouse facility in Round Rock following an economic development deal approved by City Council May 12.

The council approved an economic development agreement with United Parcel Service Inc., otherwise known as UPS, to open a warehouse and distribution facility as well as hire at least 314 full-time equivalent employees.

The agreement states UPS will purchase approximately 50 acres of land and invest at least $70 million in facility improvements and personal property. According to a release from UPS, the package processing facility will include automated sorting systems and will house approximately 300 UPS delivery vehicles. The Round Rock building is expected to open at the end of 2018. …Read Entire Post

Austin airport 3rd-best in North America, 5th in world

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport recently was named the third-best airport in North America and fifth-best worldwide in its size category by Airports Council International, based on customer satisfaction surveys.

“Comfortable architecture, an ambiance made distinct with live music and local restaurants, enjoyable art and a super clean terminal distinguish this airport as uniquely Austin,” the council’s write-up says.

Click to read full story: Austin airport 3rd-best in North America, 5th in world (Austin American-Statesman, 11-27-11)