While you have been away . . .

There is less traffic in the Capitol Complex since the pandemic “stay at home” orders were issued last month. Almost 90% of state employees are working from home. Field technicians, operations, security and support personnel, and other essential workers are the only ones working inside State buildings. Outside, the construction of the Texas Capitol Complex continues moving forward. As you may recall, the Texas Capitol Complex construction project consists of six concurrent construction projects carefully planned so all will be [...]

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Reopening the State of Texas

Last week Governor Abbott announced the “Open Texas” initiative and which specific types of businesses could reopen if they followed specific health guidelines and wanted to resume business now. The Texas Department of State Health Services has published recommended health safety protocols for businesses by industry, as well as for individuals, customers, and employees returning to work. These can be found online at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx Repopulating the Complex The Open Texas initiative allows for opening office buildings at only 25% occupancy on [...]

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Parking Updates May 11, 2020

Garage E – Temporary Closure TFC will be closing Garage E (1604 Colorado St.) on Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, for power washing and restriping. The first floor will have a change in the traffic pattern once the cleaning and restriping is complete. Vehicles wanting to exit the garage on Lavaca Street will now have access without going against traffic. Exiting garage traffic from the upper floors will now be able to utilize the center ramp/lane to the [...]

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Traffic Update May 11, 2020

Street closures: Brazos Street: Brazos from MLK Blvd. to 18th Street is closed to through traffic. The intersection of Brazos Street and 18th Street is closed. Access the W.B. Travis Building and Garage R from 17th Street. Access the ERS visitor parking lot a from San Jacinto and turn right on 18th Street and exit the visitor parking lot by turning right on Brazos.

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Pedestrian Update May 11, 2020

Walking Routes Look for red pedestrian signs along sidewalks in the Capitol Complex. The six foot A-frame signs have been refreshed with updated maps and a QR code for easier access to the campus map. Use your smart phone to scan the QR code and open a pdf of the Capitol Complex map you can take along with you. Safe Crosswalks: To cross MLK Blvd. at: Colorado – Both crosswalks are accessible for travel to the Blanton Café or the Bullock Museum. Congress (at [...]

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Neighborhood News May 11, 2020

Bullock Museum The Bullock Museum remains closed as staff plan carefully for a future reopening. Meanwhile, make plans to join “TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: TEXAS HISTORY AND THE CIVIL WAR” an online program. The next livestreams will be on May 12 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. A Museum Educator will lead the online programs. Read how to join the livestream programs here. Blanton Museum The Blanton Museum is still closed to the public. Visit the museum website for updates. Moody Center – on the [...]

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Lights, Camera, Action

Do you remember the Gershwin tune, “Someone to Watch Over Me?” For the hundreds of professionals working on the four-city-block Capitol Complex Project, someone is watching over them—and we hope it’s you! High up above the 1601 Congress, 1801 Congress and Texas Mall construction areas, 4K high resolution cameras snap photographs of the project progress every 30 minutes, 24-hours a day. Since the beginning of construction, the cameras have been busy collecting the history of the project. All the photos [...]

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Construction Update, March 2, 2020

More work on 17th Street For the moment, the utility work on Brazos between 16th and MLK Blvd. has been completed. However, there will be more utility work for the installation of the new storm water drainage system along 18th Street between Brazos and San Jacinto. This is important utility work for the Capitol Complex to reroute storm water from the complex into Waller creek at Trinity Street. There are still no left turns at the intersection of 18th Street and [...]

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