AUSTIN - The Austin Transportation Department is set to begin construction on safety improvements associated with the top five high-priority intersections.
The city said contractors will begin rerouting traffic Sept. 11 and construction will begin Sept. 12 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and the Interstate 35 frontage roads. Right-turn lane closures along MLK are planned at various point of the project, and the city is urging motorists to plan ahead. The city added there will be no major closures to the main lines of the I-35 frontage roads, but cautioned limited nighttime lane closures toward the end of the project for final striping work.
Improvements to the intersection include:
- Revising the southbound lane assignment to add a southbound through lane;
- Reconstructing the eastbound to southbound right-turn island;
- Constructing raised crosswalks at the southwest and northeast corners;
- Installing high-visibility continental crosswalks at all crossing points;
- Modifying signal phasing and timing to accommodate new lane assignments and pedestrian movements.
The city hopes the improvements will reduce documented incidents of crashes involving both pedestrians and vehicles and increase efficiency.
The Austin Transportation Department is planning work on the other four high-priority intersections, and the work schedule is subject to change:
- Cameron Road and US 183 Frontage Road – October 2016
- Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane – November 2016
- Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane – January 2017
- Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road – Spring 2017
The intersections were selected for the Safety Improvement Program as the highest-ranked locations where safety can be improved with engineering solutions. Partial funding for these projects were in the Fiscal Year 2015-16 city budget.
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