West Ave. Extended as Library Opening Draws Nearer

August 11, 2017 by Kate Harrington

A new road extension opened in downtown Austin the first week of August.

West Avenue, which previously ran from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ended at Third Street, now intersects with West Cesar Chavez Street. A new traffic signal is now active at that intersection as well.

The roadwork on West Ave. is one of several projects in the W. Cesar Chavez area taking place before the opening of the new Central Library. Other road improvements include a new bridge over Shoal Creek at Second Street and the extension of Second Street from Shoal Creek to West Ave., Community Impact reports.

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The 200,000 square foot new Central Library, originally slated to open this summer, now has an official grand opening slated for October 28. The City has been interviewing applicants for the Director of Libraries, and was in the process of conducting final interviews in late July.

The City also announced that the Central Library’s Cookbook Café lease agreement has been finalized with the Elm Restaurant Group, which is behind Austin restaurants 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop, Italic, and Irene’s.

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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.