Medical School Construction Gears Up, Meaning Closures for Red River

March 28, 2014 by Kate Harrington

Downtown Austin residents and commuters are going to start feeling the effects of medical school construction soon. The University of Texas this week told the Austin American-Statesman that starting on April 12, Red River Street will be closed to traffic from Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Blvd. to 15th Street, through the end of 2014.

Crews will begin realigning Red River as part of the construction of the new Dell Medical School teaching hospital. The teaching hospital is going to take shape between 15th Street and MLK Blvd., just west of the Erwin Center. Red River will reopen to through traffic – although with a different alignment – in January 2015.


Construction will also affect 15th Street, where roadwork associated with the Dell Medical School will begin on March 30, and on MLK Blvd., where roadwork will begin on April 20. Those streets will remain open during roadwork and construction, but UT officials have warned that there will likely be traffic delays.

Pedestrians will have access to Red River during construction via pedestrian walkways, but cyclists will not be able to use the street.

According to UT, the university expects to enroll students in the Dell Medical School in the summer of 2016 and expects the Seton Healthcare Family teaching hospital to open in 2017.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.