New funding for Austin’s most dangerous intersections considered

Deadly crash on Manchaca Road at Slaughter Lane
A deadly July 2015 crash on Manchaca Road at Slaughter Lane (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — When it comes to the commute in Austin, several intersections have been designated more dangerous than others. Those include Lamar and Parmer, Lamar and Rundberg, Cameron and 183, Slaughter and Manchaca, and MLK and I-35. Thursday, city council could approve the final piece of funding to make improvements to the intersections.

The estimated cost for the overall project is $3 million, city council will consider approving the final $1 million to start the process. So far, TxDOT has given $1 million and another million has come from the operating budget.

City engineers have spent the last year analyzing data of what types of crashes are happening at these intersections, how often, and the severity of the accident. With that information they determined things like turning lanes weren’t long enough, traffic signals were causing confusion or drivers crossing over multiple lanes of traffic were putting others at risk — something officials have seen along North Lamar.

“The fact that drivers were able to turn in and out of these driveways in multiple locations leads to a lot of conflicts,” said Eric Bollich, Managing Engineer, Austin Transportation Department. “So in that particular incidence we are adding a median along Lamar for a few blocks just to control those types of movements.”

To improve the safety at these intersections engineers determined they needed to install new traffic signals, pedestrian hybrid beacons to make it safer to walk across the road, changing right turn lanes or even the geometry of an intersection.

If council approves the additional funding construction could begin as early as September.

The city’s transportation department says if you see an intersection with an issue call 311 and let them know.

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