Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Kate Harrington
West Ave. Extended as Library Opening Draws Nearer
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.
— ATX Transportation (@austinmobility) August 3, 2017
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.
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.