Citizen advisory committee proposes project list for Mobility Georgetown Bond 2021

The City of Georgetown is putting together a mobility bond package for a vote by its residents in May 2021 and wants public feedback on a proposed list of projects.

The 16-member Mobility Georgetown 2021 Citizen Advisory Committee met throughout August, September, and October to narrow down a list of projects for the bond program that address Georgetown’s overall transportation challenges, limit the burden to taxpayers, and reflect the public priorities shared through a digital survey this summer.

From Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, members of the public can use an interactive, online map tool to indicate whether they support the proposed projects, as well as provide comments on each of the projects. The public can also use the survey tool to provide recommendations for projects not included in the 10 projects identified by the committee. Printed versions of the survey, in both English and Spanish languages, will be available at City facilities.

The citizen committee members want to understand the level of support for the top 10 projects they identified before making a final recommendation to City Council. In addition to the proposed 10 roadway projects, the committee also is considering allocating $2.5 million for sidewalks, $1.5 million for bike facilities, $1.7 million for intersection projects, and $1.3 million for transportation technology upgrades. Not all of the proposed projects will move forward. City Council initially targeted about $50 million for the bond package, and the 10 proposed projects alone total about $165 million. The committee will review the feedback prior to making its final recommendations to City Council in January 2021.

Virtual Town Hall Event: The public also will have an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and provide comments via a virtual, live, town hall event. People can tune in from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, on Zoom and the City’s Facebook page to hear more about how the committee developed the proposed project list and more about each project. People can submit comments via Facebook comment or by emailing pio@georgetown.org prior to the event ending. The town hall will be recorded and shared on the bond website as part of a virtual open house. The agenda and meeting information will be available on agendas.georgetown.org.

The primary focus areas of this mobility bond are:

  • Increasing capacity of Georgetown’s roadway network and bridges with high traffic volume.
  • Improving intersections, building sidewalks, and enhancing safety throughout Georgetown to create new connections within and among neighborhoods.
  • Coordinating with other planned transportation work, including projects identified in our Pedestrian and Bike master plans, to accelerate delivery to Georgetown residents

For more information about the bond process, visit bonds.georgetown.org.

City launches mobility bond work, asks residents’ priorities

The City of Georgetown is putting together a mobility bond package for a vote by its residents in May 2021. The primary focus areas of this mobility bond are:

  • Increasing capacity of Georgetown’s roadway network and bridges with high traffic volume.
  • Improving intersections, building sidewalks, and enhancing safety throughout Georgetown to create new connections within and among neighborhoods.
  • Coordinating with other planned transportation work, including projects identified in our Pedestrian and Bike master plans, to accelerate delivery to Georgetown residents

Residents will drive the development of this bond, from a citizen advisory committee that will provide final recommendations to multiple opportunities for public feedback before the election is called.

“We’ve made some real progress since 2015, particularly with the opening of Rivery Boulevard, Southwest Bypass, and others, but we know there’s room for improvement,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “We need our residents’ help to pave our way into a future we can all get behind. Your input is critical, so we can prioritize transportation projects that matter most to you.”

City Council appointed 16 people to the Mobility Georgetown 2021 Citizen Advisory Committee at its July 14 meeting. The committee will meet beginning in the month of August through December. Meeting location and details are still to be determined.

The first of many opportunities for public feedback is an online survey that asks residents to share their priorities for the bond. Georgetown residents can take the survey between July 15 and Aug. 15. The survey is available online and in the lobbies of City facilities, in English and in Spanish. Public engagement during this phase will be limited due to COVID-19 concerns. The committee will use this feedback to inform its decisions about which projects to prioritize and put forward for the bond. Once the committee has a proposed list of projects, the City will again ask for public input.

For more information about the bond process, visit bonds.georgetown.org.

City begins street maintenance projects this summer

Street resurfacing on city streets has begun. Street resurfacing projects include a high-performance surface seal treatment and hot-in-place recycling and will continue throughout the summer.

The work schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical issues, and product availability. For updates on the paving schedule and a complete list of projects, visit transportation.georgetown.org/2020-street-maintenance-projects.

The City is using two types of street maintenance applications:

High-performance surface seal
As part of this surface treatment, a sealant is applied to the surface of the roadway, reducing damage from UV radiation and vehicle traffic.

On the day work is scheduled for surface seal treatment in Sun City, the streets will be closed to traffic and street parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hot-in-place recycling
Hot-in-place recycling is an alternative to mill and asphalt overlay in which existing pavement is removed, ground, and mixed with new material to create a new asphalt surface.

For questions about street maintenance projects, contact customercare@georgetown.org.

City hosts virtual Austin Avenue Bridges Project open house

The City of Georgetown will share an online recorded presentation about proposed improvements to Austin Avenue from Second to Morrow streets on May 20. This recorded presentation will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the proposed improvements and give input on the Austin Avenue plans.

Recorded Presentation Details

A video presentation will be available, along with the project rendering and schematic, at austinave.georgetown.org.

The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed improvements by June 12. Any comments can be mailed to the Austin Avenue Bridges Project at P.O. Box 409, Georgetown, TX 78627, or emailed to austinave@georgetown.org.

The proposed improvements for Austin Avenue include rehabilitating the existing bridges and maintaining the railings, constructing a new 10-foot pedestrian bridge to the east and a six-foot sidewalk on the west side of Austin Avenue at the San Gabriel Village Boulevard and Second Street intersections.

The City has been studying and planning for potential improvements to Austin Avenue since 2016 and has followed the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act through their design process.

Since the project began in 2016, there have been four public meetings with significant public input and five types of alternatives evaluated.

  1. No build;
  2. Build on a new location;
  3. Rehabilitation with a pedestrian bridge;
  4. Rehabilitation with widening;
  5. Full replacement options.

For more information on the project, visit austinave.georgetown.org.

City hosts Austin Avenue Bridges Project open house (postponed)

Update, March 15: This open house has been postponed due to concerns about Coronavirus in the region.

The City of Georgetown will host a final open house to present proposed improvements to Austin Avenue from Second to Morrow streets from 4-7 p.m. March 26 at Georgetown City Hall.

This open house will give the public the opportunity to visit with project team members, review design schematics and a rendering and give input on the Austin Avenue plans.

Open House details
4- 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26
Georgetown City Hall
808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
Georgetown, TX 78626

Project materials are available online now as a Virtual Open House at austinave.georgetown.org.

The public may submit comments regarding the proposed improvements in writing by April 12. Comments can be mailed to the Austin Avenue Bridges Project at P.O. Box 409, Georgetown, TX 78627, or emailed to austinave@georgetown.org.

The proposed improvements for Austin Avenue include rehabilitating the existing bridges and maintaining the railings, constructing a new pedestrian bridge to the east, and constructing sidewalks on the east and west sides of the bridge at the San Gabriel Village Boulevard and Second Street intersections. A 10-foot sidewalk will be constructed on the east side of Austin Avenue, and a 6-foot sidewalk will be constructed on the west side of Austin Avenue.

The City has been studying and planning for potential improvements to Austin Avenue since 2016 and has followed the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act through its design process.

Since the project began in 2016, the City received significant public input during four public meetings and evaluated five alternatives:

  1. No build option;
  2. Build on a new location;
  3. Rehabilitation with a pedestrian bridge;
  4. Rehabilitation with widening; and
  5. Full replacement options.

For more information on the project, visit austinave.georgetown.org.

Feedback needed to improve watershed protection

The City is seeking feedback from the community regarding general knowledge of the natural waterway systems and the programs the City of Georgetown provides to protect those systems. The results will be used to develop or improve education materials and programs that citizens can use to help protect water quality. To take the survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/GeorgetownWatershed. The survey closes Jan. 12.

The City of Georgetown has a Storm Water Management Program as required by federal and state regulations. The program describes the steps required to reduce pollutants in the City’s storm water. The City’s existing programs and activities are designed to protect the environment and water quality. The survey results will be used to improve the program and community outreach.

More information can be found at transportation.georgetown.org/storm-water-plan.

Seventh and Eighth streets sidewalk project to start

A sidewalk improvement project providing a better connection between downtown Georgetown and Southwestern University is set to begin next month. A ground breaking for the sidewalk project will be on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and Pine streets, near the former Texas Department of Public Safety office.

The project involves constructing an 8-foot wide sidewalk and accessible ramps on Seventh Street from Maple to Myrtle streets. The sidewalk improvement project also includes sections of Eighth and Sixth streets in the vicinity as well as segments of Walnut, College, and Ash streets within one to two blocks of Seventh Street. (See map.)

The improved sidewalks and accessible ramps will provide a needed pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Southwestern University campus and the Square.

The project cost is $855,020 funded by the 2015 voter-approved transportation bonds. The contractor is Choice Builders of Temple.

The project is expected to be completed in March.

City begins street maintenance projects this summer

Street resurfacing on city streets with hot-in-place recycling has begun and is expected to continue through the summer. Additional street resurfacing projects include a high-performance surface seal treatment, which is expected to begin in late August.

The work schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical issues, and product availability. For updates on the paving schedule and a complete list of projects, visit transportation.georgetown.org/2019-street-maintenance-projects.

Below is the list of resurfacing projects planned for this summer by treatment type:

Hot-in-place recycling
The City is using hot-in-place recycling for the following street maintenance projects. This treatment is an alternative to mill and asphalt overlay and extends the life of the pavement asset preserving the City’s investment as well as providing a new asphalt surface.

High-performance surface seal
The City will be using a high-performance surface seal treatment in portions of Sun City, including neighborhoods north of Sun City Boulevard, Georgetown Village, University Park and Raintree. As part of the surface treatment, a sealant is applied to the surface of the roadway, reducing damage from UV radiation and vehicle traffic.

On the day work is scheduled in the Sun City, University Park and Raintree neighborhoods, the streets will be closed to traffic and street parking from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Georgetown Village, streets closed for repaving will be closed for 24 hours from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.

GoGeo passengers can now pay fares with Hopthru app

GoGeo riders can now use smart devices to purchase bus passes. Using the Hopthru app, riders are able to purchase passes anytime, anywhere and present them while boarding. Riders may purchase passes with their credit card, debit card or commuter benefits card and store them until they are ready to ride.

Riders can download from the app store or receive a link to download the app by texting “hopthru” to 43506. After signing up, riders will be prompted to select the transit agency, rider type and ticket type, then complete the purchase. Once a rider is ready to board, they can activate their pass and then present it to the operator while boarding. Purchased passes can be activated at any time with or without an internet connection.

For more information, visit RideCARTS.com, email info@RideCARTS.com or call at (512) 478-RIDE (7433).

Georgetown, Round Rock open Mays Street extension

The Cities of Georgetown and Round Rock will celebrate the opening of the Mays Street extension with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Georgetown/Round Rock city limits sign on the new road, which is about a quarter mile north of Bass Pro Drive.

The 1.2-mile roadway, which provides a north-south connection from Teravista Parkway at Bass Pro Drive in Round Rock to Westinghouse Road at Rabbit Hill Road in Georgetown, was a joint effort by the two cities.

“This new roadway will provide another connection between Georgetown and Round Rock that will greatly benefit residents in both cities. The Mays Street extension is also a key economic development driver for properties along Westinghouse Road and will improve our ability to attract new commercial and office projects to southeast Georgetown,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said. “When neighbors come together in partnership, great things like this project happen, and we appreciate the City of Round Rock working with us to help make this possible.”

The $6.4 million project was funded by the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corp., which promotes economic and community development by paying for streets and transportation improvements, in partnership with the City of Round Rock. Round Rock funded 27 percent of the project.

“We’re thrilled to partner with our neighbors in Georgetown in opening up this new roadway,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “This is regional cooperation at its best, and will give motorists an alternative to I-35 that benefits both communities.”

The four-lane arterial provides a new connection from Georgetown to a retail and commercial area in Round Rock along University Boulevard. The project will also help economic development efforts in southeast Georgetown, including a proposed office project that could include up to 550,000 square feet of flexible office space that is planned near the intersection of Mays Street and Westinghouse Road.

Georgetown City Council approved a construction contract for the project in August 2016 with Austin-based C.C. Carlton Industry LTD, and the company began construction in October.