Number of pedestrians killed on I-35 has doubled in Austin

Man struck and killed while on I-35 at Oltorf Street on Nov. 29, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Man struck and killed while on I-35 at Oltorf Street on Nov. 29, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police say nine pedestrians have died on Interstate 35 or the frontage roads this year, which is twice as many as last year.

The group in charge of creating recommendations to keep you safe on the roads is meeting Wednesday night. Members of the Pedestrian Advisory Council are looking over the city’s Safety Action Plan.

Four pedestrians have died just during the month of November. According to police, a homeless man was hit and killed by a truck near Oltorf on Tuesday. Two people were killed in separate accidents near the intersection of I-35 and US 290, one on Nov. 16 and the second on Nov. 24. A man was killed near Interstate 35 and Slaughter on Nov. 23.

While the number of pedestrians killed has increased, the total number of traffic deaths is lower than this time last year, according to police. There have been 72 traffic deaths in 2016. Last year’s numbers set an all-time-high with 102 deaths on Austin roads.

Part of the 30-page report that was crafted by city staff and presented to the Pedestrian Advisory Council lays out the city’s objectives.

  • Supporting the city’s Vision Zero Action plan
  • Examining the locations, frequency, and the reasons behind pedestrian crashes
  • Identify and prioritize the intersections that need safety features, including areas near schools
Map analyzing where people are killed or seriously injured in crashes in Austin
Map analyzing where people are killed or seriously injured in crashes in Austin (Courtesy: Austin Gov)

The city came up with this map after analyzing 5-years of data starting in 2010. The red marks you see in this map highlight the high number of either crashes that killed people or left them with serious injuries. You can see the majority is in the Downtown area and up and down I-35.

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