News release from the city of Austin:
The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) will continue carrying out the city of Austin’s Vision Zero Program when it begins constructing safety improvements at Cameron Road and the U.S. 183 frontage roads next week. This is the second of five high-priority intersections that ATD and City Council selected for construction funding in September 2015 as part of ATD’s Safety Improvement Program.
City contractors will begin rerouting traffic on Sunday, Oct. 16, and begin constructing the project on Monday, Oct. 17, with anticipated completion in mid-November 2016.
The goal of this project is to reduce crashes involving both pedestrians and vehicles at this intersection by installing enhanced pedestrian safety features and a new traffic signal warning device. Improvements (see illustration below) include:
- Constructing a new right-turn channelized island (also known as a pedestrian refuge island) at the northeast corner of the intersection.
- Lengthening the existing raised median on the north side of the intersection to provide a pedestrian refuge space in the middle of the crosswalk.
- Adding high-visibility “continental” crosswalks (see an example here) to all pedestrian crossing points on the north side of the US-183 overpass.
- Installing an advance warning flasher on the eastbound US-183 frontage road ahead of the traffic signal at Cameron Road. The flasher, which has been constructed and will be activated upon completion of the project, will flash when the signal ahead is red in order to alert drivers to slow down.
There will be no daytime closures to the main lanes of the U.S. 183 frontage roads at any point during construction. However, toward the end of construction, there will be limited nighttime lane closures to allow for final paving and striping work.
Other closures associated with this project (schedule subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances):
- During the first phase of construction (approximately two weeks), the right-turn lane for the US-183 westbound frontage road will be closed. Cars will still be able to make right turns onto northbound Cameron Road from the US-183 westbound frontage road, but large trucks will not be permitted to turn right.
- After the first phase is completed, there will be closures to two travel lanes (one northbound and one southbound) adjacent to the median on Cameron Road, north of US-183, for approximately two weeks.
This project, estimated to cost $268,000, is a continuation of ATD’s Safety Improvement Program, which helps carry out the City Council-adopted Vision Zero Action Plan. Vision Zero is Austin’s effort to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries for all road users.
As part of these initiatives, ATD began constructing long-term improvements in September 2016 at the first intersection, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the I-35 frontage roads, and has substantially completed that work. Prior to that, ATD carried out interim improvements at most of the five high-priority intersections.
The schedule for commencing long-term construction on the remaining three intersections is as follows (subject to change):
- Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane – November 2016
- Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane – January 2017
- Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road – Spring 2017
ATD will continue to provide information about these intersections as they come nearer to construction.