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Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ben Wear bwear@states­man.com

Austin launches two web­sites show­ing spend­ing of 2016 road bond money,

Austin vot­ers in Novem­ber gave the city what amounts to a $720 mil­lion check to spend over the next eight years on trans­porta­tion, and at least some of that spend­ing has be­gun.

The city this week un­veiled two on­line track­ers for tax­pay­ers to keep up with the be­wil­der­ing com­plex­ity of what it dubbed the 2016 Mo­bil­ity Bond: austin­texas.gov/2016bond and Project Ex­plorer, which can be reached at cap­i­tal­pro­jects. austin­texas.gov or through the 2016 bond home page.

The home page of that main bond site features tabs on the three main com­po­nents of the bond: the $101 mil­lion “re­gional mo­bil­ity pro­gram,” the $482 mil­lion “cor­ri­dor mo­bil­ity pro­gram” and the $137 mil­lion “lo­cal mo­bil­ity pro­gram.” In each case, the links can be fol­lowed to get to project-spe­cific pages and to reach the Project Ex­plorer pages.

For in­stance, go to the re­gional mo­bil­ity page and you can quickly learn the project to widen Spice­wood Springs Road east of Loop 360 is bud­geted for $17 mil­lion, has “ob­li­gated” $407,000 through con­tracts and $8,000 has been spent so far.

The city says the in­for­ma­tion on the two sites will be up­dated monthly. Con­tact Ben Wear at 512-445-3698. Twit­ter: @bwear

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