The 2016 Mobility Bond provided $15 million in funding toward safety improvements at high-crash locations throughout Austin as part of ATD's Transportation Safety Improvement Program. Construction of improvements at the first three intersections is anticipated to begin in the next few months.
First up, a new traffic signal will be constructed at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Alice Mae Lane, near the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center. The need for this signal was identified in the safety study of Slaughter Lane and South 1st Street. The improvements at Slaughter Lane and Alice Mae Lane will help increase safety of the road network and positively impact safety and mobility at Slaughter Lane and South 1st Street. Construction of the signal is anticipated to begin by the end of June. Other improvements at Slaughter Lane and South 1st Street are still in design and would likely be constructed in fall 2017.
ATD anticipates construction to begin at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Elmont Drive by September 2017. Improvements will include a dedicated left-turn lane and center median on Pleasant Valley Road, a shared use path for pedestrians and cyclists necessary to accommodate the new turn facilities, enhanced pedestrian crossings and connectivity to crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb-ramps, and a new center median on Elmont Drive, east of the intersection.
Finally, staff is finalizing design plans for improvements at South Congress Avenue and Oltorf Street. Design is anticipated to be completed in the next few months, with a goal of beginning construction in fall 2017.
At Thursday's City Council meeting, Council approved funding for construction contracts related to these improvements. In total, staff anticipates the 2016 Mobility Bond to fund improvements at 15 to 18 of the intersections on the high-crash intersection list. For more information, visit the Transportation Safety Improvement Program webpage.