Lower speed limits proposed for N. Lamar Boulevard, E. Parmer Lane

Fatal crash on East Parmer Lane and N. Lamar Boulevard
Fatal crash on East Parmer Lane and N. Lamar Boulevard

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After conducting traffic speed studies, the Texas Department of Transportation’s transportation engineer is asking the Austin City Council to approve lowering speed limits on two major streets in the city.

On East Parmer Lane, the agencies want to lower the speed limit from North Lamar Boulevard to just east of Dessau Road, which is approximately a 3-mile stretch. The engineer suggested the following speed limits:

  • Between North Lamar Boulevard and IH-35: speed limit will remain at 50 mph
  • Between IH-35 and Harris Glenn Drive: speed limit will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph
  • Between Harris Glenn Drive and Dessau Road: Reduce from 65 mph to 60 mph

On North Lamar Boulevard, the recommended changes are from Morrow Street (which is just south of US 183) to East Parmer Lane, which is approximately a 5-mile stretch. The engineer suggested the following speed limits:

  • Between Morrow Street and Braker Lane: speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph
  • Between Braker Lane and East Parmer Lane: speed limit will remain at 50 mph

The council is expected to vote on the items at Thursday’s city council meeting. Two intersections along North Lamar Boulevard (Rundberg Lane and East Parmer Lane) have been deemed two of the most dangerous intersections in Austin. Work has begun on the safety improvements for the intersection at Rundberg Lane. The city expects to tackle North Lamar Boulevard at East Parmer Lane in February.

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