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Making Austin’s intersections safer
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by Tai Moses
North Lamar Boulevard at Payton Gin Road and Braker Lane at Stonelake Boulevard are two North Austin intersections that are notorious for their high incidence of car crashes. This week the Austin Transportation Department is starting construction on safety and mobility improvements at the two locations “designed to reduce the number of serious injury crashes and increase safety for all road users, including people riding bikes and walking.” The changes at North Lamar/Payton Gin include “new shared-use paths for people walking and riding bikes, new high-visibility crosswalks, traffic signal upgrades, and a new median on North Lamar near the intersection.” At Braker Lane/Stonelake Boulevard, planned improvements include modifying the existing medians and adding a second left-turn lane for drivers turning south on Stonelake Boulevard. Both projects are anticipated to take up to six months to complete. Thanks to the 2016 Mobility Bond, six Intersection Safety/Vision Zero projects have already been completed.
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