Eighth Street overhaul to involve road closures
A project to rework West Eighth Street downtown, reducing it from four lanes to two, will close lanes between Congress Avenue and Colorado Street over the next six months.
Work on that same street farther to the west, meanwhile will soon include construction of a roundabout at the Rio Grande Street intersection.
Lanes on the north side of Eighth in the Colorado-to-Congress stretch will close beginning Saturday and remain blocked for about the next three months, the city says. After that, a similar closure will occur on the south side of the street, again lasting about three months. The city will keep two lanes of traffic open on West Eighth throughout the work.
The work includes replacing underground utilities, reconstructing the street and making sidewalk and streetscape improvements, including eliminating a lane on each side by widening the sidewalks.
The Austin Animal Center and the Austin Humane Society are offering their “Home for the Holidays” adoption program until Jan. 7.
As a part of the program, adoption fees are $20 at both shelters, with fees waived for animals over 5 years old. The shelters are also offering a two-for-one adoption special for cats and kittens.
The standard adoption application process applies at both shelters, and adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a microchip, and a collar and tags, an announcement said.
“All of the shelters and rescue organizations in our area are full right now,” said Abigail Smith, chief animal services officer at the Austin Animal Center. “We have far too many wonderful pets that are homeless.”
The Austin Animal Center, www.AustinAnimalCenter.org, is at 7201 Levander Loop, and the Austin Humane Society, www.AustinHumaneSociety. org, is at 124 W. Anderson Lane.
The Austin school district has received a $1 million commitment from several donors to expand the district’s Emotional Learning Program, which aims to teach students concepts such as self-awareness, social awareness and responsible decision-making.
The matching grant from Jeanne and Michael Klein, Betsy and Hughes Abell with the Buena Vista Foundation, and Carmel and Thomas Borders with the Tapestry Foundation will help create the program in all district schools over the next three years.
The grant will fund instructional coaching, parent and classified personnel training, curriculum materials, campus facilitator stipends and professional development.
Employment will be available this summer for teens ages 14 to 17 as a part of a joint endeavor of the city of Austin and the Travis County Health & Human Services Department.
The the Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program aims to provide teens with a chance to develop workplace skills. Teens will work with the city, Travis County, nonprofit groups and private businesses.
To be eligible, teens must reside in the city or Travis County and attend school in the area. Prerequisites include training in completing a job application and workplace expectations. Parents can register teens beginning Jan. 2 by calling 854-4590.