Changes slated for 11-mile stretch of Slaughter Lane

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An 11-mile section of Slaughter Lane that spans from South MoPac to Interstate 35 is one of the longer stretches of road that is set for improvements with money from the 2016 Mobility Bond.

Along with the improvements to Slaughter Lane, work is already underway to improve safety at Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road as well as plans to improve Manchaca Road

Manager for the Corridor Program Office, Randy Harvey, says there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. “We know congestion is a major problem here in Austin, one of the things we are trying to do, obviously, is allow people to move around the city quicker.”

Last spring, the city reached out to residents to get their feedback about what changes they’d like to see along Slaughter Lane.

“We can only expand the road so much, so we have to look at other ways to get people around the city if they’re willing to take other modes of transportation,” says Harvey.

Adding more shared use paths for pedestrians and cyclists will be a big part of the project with the road being expanded at Brodie Lane, which is near Bowie High School. The plan also adds turn lanes in the area. 

“There’s a lot of areas on Slaughter that don’t have bicycle facilities, some areas that don’t have sidewalks, and again some areas of the roadway that just aren’t as optimal as they can be from a vehicular operation standpoint,” Harvey explains.

Officials say they are still in the initial design phase and are still considering new data and will make more adjustments as needed. 

If you want to give the city your input, you can attend a forum on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W Slaughter Ln. 

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