Developing a vision for the Austin Avenue Bridges will be the focus of a public workshop hosted by the City of Georgetown on Wednesday, June 29. The workshop will be a hands-on opportunity for members of the community to share input on the vision of the bridges considering aesthetics, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and trail connections.
During the workshop meeting there will be a brief presentation reviewing the process and public input received to date. Then attendees will break into groups and work through solutions and concepts considering safety, the character of the area, and aesthetics.
Prior to the workshop, a walking tour will be conducted with the public to evaluate existing conditions and opportunities for enhancements. The City is requesting RSVPs for both the workshop and the walking tour to help in preparations.
“We have received a great amount of public input to date on the bridges and we are really looking forward to working with the public to utilize this information and develop concepts and aesthetic considerations,” says Nat Waggoner, transportation analyst for the City and manager of the Austin Avenue Bridges project. “While we are still working through a range of alternatives, this information will be very helpful to staff to identify ideas from the community about how the bridge should look and feel.”
The workshop meeting takes place Wednesday, June 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Gabriel Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626. The off-site walking tour begins at 5 p.m. The City will provide transportation from the Community Center for the tour for a limited number of participants. The tour will begin at 5:10 p.m. from the parking lot at Blue Hole adjacent to El Monumento. Use the RSVP form at austinave.georgetown.org to sign up for the workshop meeting and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the walking tour. The initial presentation for the workshop at the Community Center starts at 6:10 p.m.
The project webpage at austinave.georgetown.org will be updated to share all ideas and concepts developed at the meeting.
The City recognizes the importance of working closely with the community throughout this project to identify solutions that meet community goals. Public input will be collected and incorporated in each phase of the study with a preferred alternative and a decision by the City Council anticipated later this year. This is the second of four public meetings planned and the project team is happy to visit with individuals at any time. This project began in January 2016 and is anticipated to be complete before the end of the year.