Walk south across the river to South Congress Avenue, a favorite people place for visitors and Austinites. A Public Works project manager and engineer will tell the story of the South Congress Improvement Project. Facing complex and competing needs to accommodate mobility, stormwater, a retail environment, and the demands of neighborhood residents, this project was many years in the making. Once a hostile pedestrian environment, SoCo is now the street that’s most continually filled with people walking, outside of Downtown. Hear about the cross-departmental collaborative efforts (and conflict resolution) that turned an arterial into a place to eat and shop, stroll, listen to music, and people watch. See new back-in parking, cycle lanes, transit stops, B-Cycle stations and more. This tour covers several miles, so be prepared to walk quickly!
Mark Schruben and Jennifer Massie-Gore, City of Austin Public Works Department
This tour will travel on foot, covering a lot of ground at a brisk pace. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, wear comfortable business casual attire, and bring sunscreen. Refillable water bottles will be provided.