As safety improvement construction wraps up at Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane, the Austin Transportation Department is preparing to initiate construction on a new set of safety improvements at Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane on Monday, March 6.
This will mark the fourth intersection that ATD has addressed as part of its Safety Improvement Program, which helps reach the City Council-adopted Vision Zero Action Plan goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries for all Austin road users.
ATD anticipates completing the project, which also includes improvements on Lamar Boulevard north of Parmer Lane, in late April 2017. The goal is to reduce crashes involving both pedestrians and vehicles by installing enhanced pedestrian safety features and new traffic and pedestrian signals. As noted below, several of these improvements have already been completed.
Illustrations showing planned improvements. Click to enlarge.
For illustration only – not to scale and not for engineering purposes.
Reconstruct existing right-turn islands at the northwest and southeast corners of the intersection to facilitate “smart” right turns.
Add high-visibility continental crosswalks to all pedestrian crossing points.
Construct a new traffic signal on Lamar Boulevard at the Walmart Driveway.
Construct a new pedestrian hybrid beacon at John B. Connally High School.
Anticipated closures associated with this project (subject to change as a result of weather and/or other unforeseen circumstances):
For the first two weeks, one lane on northbound Lamar Boulevard and one lane on eastbound Parmer Lane will be closed on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For the subsequent two weeks, one lane on southbound Lamar Boulevard and one lane on westbound Parmer Lane will be closed on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
During the above closures, road users should expect heavy delays and are encouraged to take alternate routes. Pedestrian detours to the nearest upstream and downstream intersections will be in place. Toward the end of construction, there will be intermittent weekend closures to the northwest and southeast corners of the intersection to allow for paving and permanent striping work.
This project is estimated to cost $647,000. Partial funding for these projects was allocated by City Council in the fiscal year 2016 budget.
Completed Safety Improvement Program projects (with completion month):