Northwest Austin Edition | July 2021

TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY IAIN OLDMAN

Milestonemet as Four Points bypass partially opens Nearly two years after local ocials broke ground on the project, the rst section of a bypass road from RM 620 to RM 2222 is now open to trac. The Texas Department of Transpor- tation said in a July 19 news release the northbound portion of the new bypass road is now open for use by the public. Vehicles driving north- bound on RM 620 can now use the bypass to access eastbound RM 2222. The southbound section of the bypass road will open at an unspec- ied later date, according to TxDOT. Bradley Wheelis, public information ocer for TxDOT, said crews need to re-strip and install a turn bay for southbound RM 620 trac before the southbound bypass lanes can open. Final work on the project is expected to nish by early 2022. The bypass road cuts south of the existing RM 620 and RM 2222 intersection, just north of Steiner Ranch Boulevard, and will work to draw trac ow away from the northernmost intersection. The new bypass intersects with RM 2222 near River Place Boulevard. A 2020 TxDOT study estimated that travel times could decrease by as much as 60% with improvements that include the new bypass. In an email to Community Impact Newspaper , Wheelis stated TxDOT anticipates more than 36,000 drivers will use the bypass on an average daily basis once both directions of the roadway open. The state projects that number to increase to 54,300 average daily drivers by 2038.

TEXAS COUNTIESWITH MOSTFATAL TRAFFIC INCIDENTS, 201719

A recent report found that Travis County had the fth-highest number of trac fatalities statewide from 2017-19. SOURCE: MONEYGEEKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Upgrades for pedestrians and cyclists are done on Parkeld Drive. (Iain Oldman/ Community Impact Newspaper)

KEY

Fatal accidents

Deaths

Drunken driving deaths

1,500

From 2017-19, 25%OFALL FATAL ACCIDENTS INTEXAS were due to drunk driving .

ONGOING PROJECTS

1,200

900

600

PARKFIELD DR.

183

300

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Harris County

Dallas County

Bexar County

Tarrant County

Travis County

Parkeld Drive improvements City crews nished pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements from Rundberg Lane to Payton Gin Road in late June. The city will next build pedestrian crossing islands nearby. Timeline: May-late summer 2021

Report nds stretch of I35 throughNorth Austin among Texas’ deadliest roads

A recent review of fatal car crashes across Texas found a 4-mile stretch of I-35 in North Austin is the fourth-deadliest road in Texas. Financial analysis company Mon- eyGeek in late June published its Texas Fatal Accident Study, which the company composed by examin- ing more than 10,000 fatal crashes across the state from 2017-19. According to the report, there were 14 fatal incidents on I-35 from the interchange at US 290 to the Yager Lane exit, equaling 3.1 fatal incidents per mile. That made that stretch of I-35 through North Austin the fourth most deadly roadway in Texas, and

the only road in Austin among the 10 deadliest roads in the state, per the report. Travis County had the fth most fatal trac incidents from 2017-19 of all counties in Texas, with 337 incidents resulting in 357 deaths, the report found. In that timespan, 36 fatal crashes occurred on I-35, making it the most deadly road in Austin. Drunken driving crashes accounted for more than one-fth of crash-related deaths in Travis County. Statewide, approximately 25% of the 10,137 fatal incidents from 2017-19 were because of drunken driving, according to MoneyGeek.

RIVER PLACE BLVD.

2222

RIBELIN RANCH RD.

N

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF JULY 19. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT NWANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. RM 2222 improvements Trac was moved to the south side of RM 2222 in early July. State crews are working on excavation and road reconstruction from River Place Bou- levard to the upcoming bypass. Timeline: winter 2018-summer 2021

WE’RE ON THE ROADS AGAIN! Austin Public Works will be

improving hundreds of streets this summer.

Visit austintexas.gov/streetmaintenance to see if your street is scheduled to be resurfaced.

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