FAQs

What streets will be impacted and how?

Congress Avenue is closed from 15th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, as Phase One of the State of Texas Capitol Mall progresses. Upon completion, North Congress Avenue will be a pedestrian mall from 16th street to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (19th Street). The East /West streets, 16th, 17th, and 18th Streets will be converted into two-way traffic streets. Only 16th and 18th Streets will cross the pedestrian mall. Access to the parking garages underneath the pedestrian [...]

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How will parking be affected by the Capitol Complex Projects?

Two new office buildings at 1801 and 1601 Congress Avenue will be built on Parking Lots 7 and 2. Phase One of the Texas Capitol Complex project includes the addition of 5 levels of underground parking underneath these two new office buildings on Congress Avenue, and 8 levels of above ground parking integrated in the new 1801 Congress Avenue office building. The total supply of parking for the Capitol Complex will be greatly expanded when the project is completed. During construction, [...]

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What does the Capitol Complex Phase One Project include?

The Capitol Complex Phase One Project includes the construction of two State office buildings, three of the four blocks of the Texas Capitol Mall, underground parking, and the expansion of the Sam Houston Building physical plant. The construction project is split up into 6 work packages: (1) Excavation, (2) Site Utilities, (3) Central Utility Plant expansion and utility tunnels, (4) the 1801 Congress Avenue Office Building, (5) 1601 Congress Avenue Office Building, and (6) the Underground Parking Garage and [...]

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What are the goals for the Capitol Complex Master Plan?

The goals for the Capitol Complex Projects are to: Reduce the cost of leased office space for state agencies currently housed throughout the city, by providing new office space within the Capitol Complex. Improve the connection of the Capitol Complex with the surrounding business and cultural districts. Create an iconic destination that celebrates the Texas State Capitol with pedestrian friendly streets and green civic spaces for events, music and recreation. (Updated: 12/18/18)

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Where did the Capitol Complex Master Plan originate from?

The current master plan originated from the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013) which directed the Texas Facilities Commission to prepare a master plan for the Capitol Complex in collaboration with the Texas State Preservation Board, the General Land Office, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Partnership Advisory Commission. This legislative directive culminated in the adoption of the Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan in March of 2016. However, planning for the Capitol Complex dates to 1944, with the 47th Texas Legislature creating [...]

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