AUSTIN, Texas – As part of the City’s efforts to enhance roadway safety for all users throughout Austin, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) activated a pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB) on North Lamar Boulevard near John B. Connally High School in North Austin. This project marks the first time a PHB has been installed on a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)-managed roadway in Austin.
“These types of strategic mobility investments have huge impacts on our communities,” said Austin City Council Member Leslie Pool, who represents District 7 where the PHB was installed. “They help our residents get around their neighborhoods and help our kids get to school safely.”
The nearby intersection of Parmer Lane at North Lamar Boulevard is one of five intersections that will receive improvements following action taken by the City Council as part of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget process to provide a one-time appropriation from the City of Austin’s General Fund to address locations with documented safety concerns. During review of the area, staff identified an opportunity to also enhance safety north of the intersection - near Connally High School, the surrounding shopping centers and a Capital Metro transit stop - by installing the PHB and a traffic signal that is currently under construction near the Walmart shopping center.
North Lamar Boulevard, north of US-183, is managed by TxDOT and all improvements to the street must be approved by the agency.
City crews completed installation of the PHB June 29, and activated the signal this afternoon, providing an immediate enhancement to safety for all users. ATD will continue to maintain and operate the signal.
This is the second PHB to be installed in Austin in 2016. ATD hopes to install six more by the end of the year while continuing to evaluate incoming requests for the devices in other locations. To request a PHB, Austin residents may contact 3-1-1 and review our PHB request and evaluation process online at austintexas.gov/page/pedestrian-hybrid-beacons.