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