How would you change Austin roads? Here’s your chance to be heard

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AUSTIN (KXAN) ⁠— Drive around Austin and you’ll notice some streets have mini-roundabouts, others have signs that read “Drive Like Your Child Lives Here,” and some have speed-activated warning signs to let you know how fast you’re going.

The measures are tools the City of Austin’s Transportation Department can use to help reduce speed on Austin’s road and improve safety.

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As the city continues to grow, ATD leaders say many of the street designs are outdated. Some were built decades ago, and today, there are more people on the road, not just in their cars but on foot and on their bicycles.

That’s why transportation officials are working to create a new Speed Management Program that will become the guidelines for measures and solutions to help reduce speed and improve safety.

They’re asking the community for feedback.

They want to know which measures the community prefers for busy neighborhood streets like Bolm and Vargas roads or Barton Hills Drive, and what measures they prefer for congested corridors like Parmer Lane, Burnet Road, Airport Boulevard and William Cannon Drive.

Click HERE to view the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Street Network Map.

They hope the new program will help reduce serious injuries and fatal crashes on Austin and help achieve the city’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic deaths by the year 2025.

Thursday, ATD will host its first open house at the Carver Branch Library in east Austin from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those who cannot attend can fill out an online survey open through August 10.

Two other open houses are scheduled for later this month and August.

  • July 31, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Milwood Branch Library in north Austin.
  • Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Southeast Branch Library in southeast Austin.

Once ATD officials have collected all the feedback they will present city council with a report later this summer in hopes of launching the program in 2020.

Street projects through the Local Area Traffic Management Program

Started in 2012, the city’s Local Area Traffic Management program (LATM) is a request-based program to improve safety and quality on neighborhood streets.

There are currently 13 outstanding LATM projects in the works.

  • Sendero Hills Parkway: Asphalt cushions and rubber traffic circle
  • Freidrich Lane: A pedestrian refuge island
  • Viewpoint Drive: Asphalt cushions and median islands
  • Old Manchaca Road, west of Manchaca Road: Asphalt cushions
  • Old Manchaca Road, east of Manchaca Road: Dynamic Speed Display Devices (DSDDs)
  • Riddle Road: Asphalt cushions
  • Southpark Meadows Drive: Striping, rubber refuge island, rubber traffic circle
  • West Mary Street: Rubber traffic circle
  • Mesa Drive: Dynamic Speed Display Devices (DSDDs)
  • Sara Drive: Asphalt cushions
  • Cohoba Drive: Signing and striping, rubber median
  • Curlew Drive: A pedestrian refuge island
  • Brentwood Street: Asphalt cushions

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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