Use caution and watch for workers when driving, walking or biking near the area.
In partnership with Capital Metro, the City of Austin is beginning construction of 2016 Mobility Bond-funded safety and mobility improvements at the intersection of 45th and Red River streets this week.
The purpose of the improvements is to increase safety and improve mobility by adjusting signal timings and reassigning lanes, creating dedicated left-turn lanes on three approaches to the intersection. A new two-way shared left turn lane along 45th Street between Red River Street and Bennett Avenue will provide safe space for vehicles making left turns out of side streets and driveways.
“Thanks to the 2016 Mobility Bond, we have the opportunity to improve safety by implementing needed changes that will reduce crashes at this intersection," said Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo.
Additionally, the southeast corner curb will be reconstructed, improving operations by providing safer turns for Capital Metro buses.
“We’re very pleased to see our collaborative efforts with the Austin Transportation Department produce results," said Todd Hemingson, Executive Vice President of Planning and Development at Capital Metro. "This particular intersection has been a routing challenge for many years, and with this work we’ll be able to provide the community with better service through this neighborhood.”
Construction activities are anticipated to last approximately 3 months, barring any weather delays or other unforeseen circumstances. People driving, walking or biking near the construction area should use caution and watch for workers.
This project is the fourth intersection to begin construction as part of the Intersection Safety/Vision Zero program funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond. The 2016 Mobility Bond dedicates $15 million to fatality reduction strategies for projects listed on the Top Crash Location Intersection Priorities Improvement List. This project is being jointly funded by the City and Capital Metro.