Proposed improvements for Slaughter Lane include more lanes

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin’s Corridor Mobility Program has proposed several improvements for the Slaughter Lane corridor as part of the program’s overhaul of nine busy corridors across the city. 

One of those improvements is the proposed widening of Slaughter Ln. from Brodie Lane to Mopac Expressway from four to six lanes. 

“Wow, that’s a big feat,” Shaun Bergin said. The south Austin homeowner said he spends his weekdays traveling up and down the busy road and says, “it’s hard to get around town anymore.” 

To ease some of the congestion along a 10-mile stretch of Slaughter Ln. from Bluff Springs Road to Farm-to-Market 1826, the city is proposing the following:

  • Widening the road from Brodie Ln. to MoPac from four to six lanes. 
  • Up to 25 traffic signal improvements including Barstow Avenue, Bowie High School Driveway and Wolftrap Drive. 
  • Up to four new pedestrian hybrid beacons: Zuniga Drive, Briar Ridge Drive, Narrow Glen Parkway and Vinemont Drive.
  • Intersection improvements with turn lane modifications to: Escarpment Boulevard, Brodie Lane, Congress Avenue and Interstate 35 southbound Frontage Road
  • Additions and relocations of CapMetro bus stops.
  • Continuous bicycle and pedestrian facilities on both sides of the road including a variety of sidewalks, protected bike lanes and shared-use paths.
  • Pavement rehabilitation

The improvements proposed between Brodie Ln. and MoPac are partially funded by a CAMPO grant of up to $12.58 million.

“That’s a lot,” Bergin said. “Hopefully it doesn’t take 15 years to get it done.”

At the end of the day, Shaun said he has his secrets to get around.

“I am still going to take my shortcuts,” he said laughing. 

On Saturday, transportation officials will meet with the community at the Circle C Community Center at 7817 La Crosse Avenue to answer questions. They will host Office Hours from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Right now, they are still in the preliminary engineering phase so there is time to voice your opinion and they expect to enter the final design phase by this summer. 

The Slaughter Lane Corridor and other corridor improvements are being funded through the 2016 Mobility Bond

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