Building in the Rain

Building in the Rain

May 2019 may go down in history as ‘monsoon May’. So far, the Austin area has received 17.8 inches of rain, about 50% of the average annual rainfall expected for the year. The good news is that we can ‘build in the rain’.

The construction of 1801 Congress is almost four months ahead of plans, since the excavation was completed ahead of schedule. Although the heavy rains flooded the pit, the site is equipped with pumps and work continues on the retention systems. The excavation of 1601 Congress is also on track.

No rain out here.

Important Safety Reminders

Heavy Traffic near the Erwin Center: Be extra cautious around the Erwin Center as graduation ceremonies will continue until June. Parking snarls, hordes of pedestrians, ride share cars and of course scooters will be everywhere most days. Friendly reminder: State parking garages are reserved for State workers from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be available for a paid public parking after hours.

Please be patient and slow down. Please look at this new map with the Safe Crosswalks and Sidewalk Routes.

  • DO NOT ENTER THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE. Please respect the flagmen as they direct construction traffic in and out of the work area.
  • Crosswalks Safety: Please stop for pedestrians in cross walks. See the Safe Crosswalks and Sidewalk Routes Map. (NOTE: Not all crosswalks have signal lights.)
  • Bike Lane and Safety: DO NOT walk in the bike lane on MLK between Brazos and Congress. Bike lanes are reserved for bikes. Please watch out for cyclists in the bike lanes and around the Complex.
  • Go Slow: Please use slower speeds around the Capitol Complex and especially near construction entrances and exits.
  • Use the Safe Sidewalks: Follow the “yellow brick road” sidewalk routes. Look for updated wayfinding signs throughout the Capitol Complex. The signs include the Safe Sidewalk Routes Map and directions for travel around the Complex. (Download a map here.)

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