Austin has some of the most dangerous intersections for cars and pedestrians in Texas. The city has taken steps to improve using the 2016 Mobility Bond where voters approved $720 million for the city to use. Money from this bond is being used to repair four of the most dangerous intersections, while not necessarily the top four. Others have already received funding to be repaired. Are you looking for a Travis County DWI attorney?
The most dangerous intersections in Austin include:
North Lamar and Rundberg Lane
This is the number one, most dangerous intersection in Austin for pedestrians and cars. Over 40 crashes are reported every three years. These crashes are caused by cars attempting to turn left out of the shopping complex. Cars also tend to speed in this area and at night it’s a pretty dark street that prevents drivers from seeing pedestrians jaywalking.
North Lamar and Parmer Lane
The number two spot also goes to North Lamar Blvd. where there are around 20 crashes every few years. These crashes are typically caused by drivers trying to turn right and not seeing the slow traffic ahead of them so they break quickly causing many rear-end crashes.
West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca
Left turns out of the shopping center where the HEB is located has put this intersection at number six in the city with 25 crashes every three years. Only make left turns across multiple lanes of traffic at protected stop lights. This is one way to minimize your chance of getting in to an accident.
I35 Service Road and MLK Jr. Blvd.
This intersection comes in at number eight in the city with 25 crashes every few years as well. Because only one lane is designated to go straight across the intersection many cars crash trying to change lanes to go straight.
Each intersection was estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair. Construction is still going on at Slaughter Lane and Manchaca but here’s what the city has repaired so far.
I35 and MLK has one additional southbound through lane, an expanded pedestrian island on the southbound side and newly raised crosswalks with highly visible, broad striping. This resulted in crashes dropping 61 percent.
North Lamar and Rundberg has a new raised median along Lamar to prevent drivers from making left turns out of the shopping centers and across the busy street, new crosswalks, reconstructed pedestrian ramps and a flashing crossing light for pedestrians. Crashes have dropped 22 percent.
North Lamar and Parmer Lane have a new island by the right-turn lane to force drivers to take a tighter, slower turn, reducing the likelihood of rear-end crashes as well as a new traffic signal, crosswalks and a flashing crossing light for pedestrians. Crashes have dropped 43 percent.
Needless to say the mobility bond is proving to be well worth the investment in our roads. These statistics were provided by the Austin Transportation Department.
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