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New Westcreek Drive Sidewalks Now Usable

Westcreek Drive Sidewalk mapThe addition of new sidewalks on Westcreek Drive near Patton Elementary School has finally been completed, thanks to the support and funding from the city of Austin Quarter Cent Fund. The work concluded in mid-August, but was only opened for use by the public on the first week of October 2016. A project of the city of Austin's Public Works Department, the project aims to add new and updated sidewalks and curb ramps on the east side of Westcreek Drive from the Patton campus to West Hwy. 290. 

Costing $96,000, the project began July 18 and was completed Aug. 16. 

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New Pieous Store Set to Open in Belterra Village

Pieous, a restaurant located at 12005 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, is known among the locals as a great place to enjoy pizza and pastrami. The famous eatery is now making headlines not only for its awesome pizza dishes, but also for its smart business moves.

It has been reported that the restaurant chain is working with Endeavor Real Estate Group to build Pieous Mecca, a new flagship location in Belterra Village near the intersection of West Hwy. 290 and Nutty Brown Road.

Josh Kaner, co-owner of the restaurant, says that the restaurant will move to the new site sometime in 2017, where customers can enjoy more parking spaces and its chefs can produce more food for hungry patrons with its impressively large kitchen space. The official address has not yet been announced. 512-394-7041.

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5th Street May Soon Accommodate Two-Way Traffic

In an effort to reduce congestion in downtown Austin when Sixth Street is closed, the city is looking to convert one of its one-way streets into a two-way.

By spring, the city could add one westbound lane to the current eastbound-only Fifth Street between Brazos Street and I-35.

“We realized our traffic during special events when Sixth Street is closed is that we have severe congestion in this part of the corridor,” said Rob Spillar, director of the Austin Transportation Department, during Wednesday’s Austin City Council Mobility Committee meeting.

The proposed change came from an analysis the Austin Chamber of Commerce and Hilton Austin Hotel asked the city to conduct because of Capital Metro’s plans to build a permanent MetroRail station on Fourth Street and close through traffic to vehicles.

A pedestrian plaza would also be added, and Capital Metro plans to restrict traffic on Fourth between Red River and Trinity for pedestrian and bicycle use only. Traffic on Neches will end in a cul-de-sac at Fourth.

“We were really concerned about this closure,” said Lee Austin, central area engineer for ATD. “Sixth Street is a major westbound arterial, so when it’s closed, drivers don’t have anything in that area.”

The city’s analysis found that during times when Sixth Street was closed, drivers would use Fourth Street, and traffic would back up on the I-35 frontage road, blocking vehicles coming from Fifth to I-35, Austin said.

Traffic exiting the Hilton would turn left onto Red River and take a left onto Fifth for westbound access, she said.

Spillar said before the city even begins construction it would need to gather public input. The change...

Boring Weekend Ahead? Join These Activities and Have Fun at Southwest Austin

Brodie Park CrossFitGot nothing to do this weekend? Head over to South Austin and take your pick from these exciting events that are guaranteed to help you pass the time enjoyably:

Bug Night Out (Oct.  7)- The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a one-night-only bug-sightseeing tour in the gardens on Friday. The center’s mercury light stations turn on to attract nighttime insects. Flashlights are recommended for the family-friendly...