Dangerous intersection in North Austin raising concern for neighbors


AUSTIN, (KXAN) — People in a North Austin neighborhood are worried about their safety after witnessing several close calls between cars, buses and pedestrians. KXAN visited the intersection at North Lamar and West St. Johns Ave., a location where people say they see and hear dangerous crashes far more often than they should. 

“We don’t allow our kids to cross this street by themselves,” said Jeffrey Ouellette, who lives nearby. 

“This intersection is a hot mess!” said Nicholas Iacobucci, who also lives near the intersection. 

It’s not just the horizon changing color on Wednesday during rush hour. As the signal turns from green to yellow to red, there’s no stopping several cars just trying to make it through the light. 

“This is really, really, really busy,” Ouellette remarked. 

“Anytime there’s a crash here, it’s horrible,” Iacobucci said. 

We decided to stop by after Iacobucci told us about a bus accident he witnessed first-hand on Tuesday. 

“It just stopped. You could see there was a car behind it that ran into it,” Iacobucci recalled. 

I was only there for an hour and saw several close calls with my own eyes. 

The City of Austin’s transportation department is examining this section of the city with its 2016 mobility bond. $221,000 has already been spent to examine the safety and connectivity of the North Lamar corridor. Still in its preliminary stage, it may be a while before the road is clear for both drivers and pedestrians. 

“I don’t move until everything stops. And you got to look and wait and make sure everything stops before you move,” Ouellette said. 

The North Lamar corridor is one of nine major roads that are being analyzed for construction improvements. According to a timeline on the City of Austin’s website, construction on the corridors is set to occur in 2024. 

As part of that City of Austin 2016 Mobility Bond, several other major roads will see work. This includes projects along Guadalupe Street, FM 969, Riverside and William Cannon and Slaughter Lane, to name a few.

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