Crashes reduced after safety improvements constructed.
Early data shows a significant decrease in crashes at four intersections that received safety improvements in 2016 and 2017. The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) delivered these projects, which were all completed in coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation.
I-35 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – 61 percent crash reduction
Completed October 2016. Added a southbound through lane, a right turn island, raised and continental crosswalks and a right-turn channelized island/pedestrian refuge island.
US 183 and Cameron Road – 57 percent crash reduction
Completed November 2016. Added a right-turn channelized island/pedestrian refuge island, high-visibility continental crosswalks and an advanced warning flasher on the eastbound frontage road.
Lamar Boulevard, between Rutland Drive and Rundberg Lane – 22 percent crash reduction
Completed June 2017. Added a raised median along Lamar Boulevard, high-visibility crosswalks, reconstructed pedestrian ramps and a pedestrian hybrid beacon.
Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane – 43 percent crash reduction
Completed July 2017. Added a right-turn island, high visibility crosswalks, a new traffic signal and a pedestrian hybrid beacon.
These statistics have been annualized based on data available to date. City staff will continue to monitor crash data on a yearly basis to analyze the effectiveness of these safety improvements.
The Austin City Council allocated one-time funding to address needed safety improvements at five dangerous intersections as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Process. In addition to the four intersections already completed (above), improvements at Slaughter Lane at Manchaca Road are currently under construction, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.