Austin city leaders approve agreement to fund fix for ‘high-crash’ intersection

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin city leaders on Thursday approved an agreement for improvements at a “high-crash” intersection in south Austin.

The council voted to allow the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) to work with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to address issues at South Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane. TxDOT oversees that portion of S. Congress.

The project could cost up to $4 million with the funding coming from the 2018 Mobility Bond. The improvements would include repairs to the roadway and sidewalks, new bus stops, and a reconfiguration of the traffic lights.

According to city documents, the intersection was identified as a high-crash area based on “a prioritized list developed using comprehensive crash costs and other engineering factors such as crash rates, frequency and patterns.”

  • The Austin City Council on Nov. 4, 2021 is set to consider putting $4 million into improvements at South Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • The Austin City Council on Nov. 4, 2021 is set to consider putting $4 million into improvements at South Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • The Austin City Council on Nov. 4, 2021 is set to consider putting $4 million into improvements at South Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

“It’s a very busy intersection, a very high-volume roadway,” said Amica Bose, ATD’s supervising engineer. “And obviously, the crash data pointed to certain needs that existed.”

KXAN examined city data and found five crashes in the area that resulted in serious injuries and two deaths since 2017.

Austin Transportation said the project will go out to bid over the summer with construction expected to begin next fall.

Improvements could include changes to sidewalks, bikeways and transit infrastructure. If approved, construction could begin within the calendar year 2022, according to the city.

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