AUSTIN (KXAN) — Frontage roads at Cameron Road and US 183, identified as one of the five most dangerous intersections in Austin, will be getting new safety features for pedestrians and drivers.
City contractors will begin rerouting traffic on Sunday and begin constructing the project on Monday, Oct. 17. They anticipate the estimated $268,000 project will be completed in mid-November. The good news: there will be no daytime closures to the main lanes of the US 183 frontage roads. There will, however, be limited night-time lane closures toward the end of construction.
The transportation department hopes to reduce crashes at the intersection by doing the following:
- A new right turn “pedestrian refuge island” at the northeast corner.
- Lengthening the existing raised median on the north side of the intersection to give pedestrians extra space in the middle of the crosswalk.
- Adding a high-visibility “continental” crosswalks (an example seen here) to all pedestrian crossing points on the north side of the US 183 overpass.
- Installing an advance warning flasher on the eastbound 183 frontage road ahead of the traffic signal at Cameron Road. The flasher will give drivers advance warning of when a light ahead is red.
Other closures associated with this project (which could change):
- During the first phase of construction (around two weeks), the right turn lane for the US 183 westbound frontage road will be closed. Cars will still be able to make right turns onto northbound Cameron Road from the US 183 westbound frontage road, but large trucks will not be permitted to turn right.
- After the first phase is completed, there will be closures to two travel lanes (one northbound and one southbound) adjacent to the median on Cameron Road, north of US 183, for around two weeks.
The project is a continuation of ATD’s Safety Improvement Program, which helps carry out the City Council-adopted Vision Zero Action Plan. The goal: eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries for all road users.
As part of these initiatives, ATD began constructing long-term improvements in September 2016 at the first high priority intersection, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the I-35 frontage roads, and has substantially completed that work. Before that, ATD carried out interim improvements at most of the five high-priority intersections.
The schedule for starting long-term construction on the remaining three intersections (subject to change):
Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane: November 2016
Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane: January 2017
Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road: Spring 2017