Safety improvements begin for one of Austin’s most dangerous intersections

Lamar, Rundberg intersection closed after crash, July 28, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
Lamar, Rundberg intersection closed after crash, July 28, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city has started working on safety improvements to one of Austin’s most dangerous intersections as a part of the Vision Zero plan.

The goal is to eventually have zero fatal crashes in Austin. The project is looking at the deadly intersection at North Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane. This intersection is the second on the list of five high-priority intersections which have been allotted a total of $3 million to improve.

Crashes in the area stem from drivers making unprotected turns out of driveways onto the road. The safety project includes constructing a raised median and adding high visibility crosswalks at all pedestrian crossings in that area. Additionally, crews will convert the existing pedestrian beacon to a full traffic light with pedestrian crossings.

Joe Wawrzynski travels through the intersection daily and says there are other hazards for pedestrians that should be addressed. “I really don’t feel it’s the most dangerous as far as a vehicle, but definitely I feel for people who cross. Another hazard here, there’s probably not as many lights as there should be at some intersections.”

The improvements will cause some lane closures on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and should be done by early February. The project will cost an estimated $650,000.

The next projects include the intersections of Lamar and Parmer Lane, which starts in February. Then in the spring, work will start on Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road.

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