Completion of the Slaughter Creek Overpass construction, a new traffic light at Alice Mae and Slaughter lanes and more transportation projects to know about in Southwest Austin

The Texas Department of Transportation has completed the Slaughter Creek overpass project it began last May.

The Texas Department of Transportation has completed the Slaughter Creek overpass project it began last May.

Recent updates

1. Pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements on St. Elmo Circle, Redd Street and Pack Saddle Pass

A new shared-use pathway and bicycle lanes have been installed along St. Elmo Circle between Mt. Vernon Drive and South First Street as well as on Redd Street from Manchaca Road to Pack Saddle Pass to improve east-west bicycle connectivity as well as provide active and safe routes to school for both St. Elmo Elementary and Joslin Elementary school students. Upcoming work includes completing sidewalk gaps on Pack Saddle near Redd as well as shortening and improving the visibility of pedestrian crossings on Redd and St. Elmo.

Timeline: summer 2017-TBD
Cost: $178,000
Funding sources: city of Austin Transportation and Public Works departments

2. Hazard-elimination project on Fitzhugh Road

The project will make safety improvements to Fitzhugh Road, including signage and delineation on the roadway from Hwy. 290 to the Hays County line. The project was awarded to Flasher Equipment Company in late August.

Timeline: August-fall/winter 2017
Cost: approximately $104,500
Funding sources: TxDOT federal funds, Travis County

3. Frate Barker Road widening

The project will widen Frate Barker Road to a total of five lanes east of Hewitt Lane to Manchaca Road and will include a three-lane section from east of Brodie Lane to Hewitt. A continuos center left-turn lane will also be added from Brodie to Manchaca. The project area will have bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side of the road.

Timeline: February 2014-November 2017
Cost: about $7.5 million for construction
Funding sources:  Travis County, Federal Highway Administration funds through TxDOT

4. Traffic light installation at Alice Mae and Slaughter lanes

A new traffic signal is under construction at Alice Mae and Slaughter lanes as part of larger project to improve the intersection of Slaughter and South First Street. The light should be operational by the end of September. Design is underway on phase 2 of intersection improvements at Slaughter and South First and will begin in early 2018.

Timeline: traffic light—June-late September 2017; phase 2 will begin in early 2018 and last five months, weather permitting
Cost: $378,000
Funding source: 2016 mobility bond

Completed Project

Slaughter Creek overpass construction

The Texas Department of Transportation began work in May 2016 on a project to replace the Slaughter Creek overpass. The renovation includes a new southbound-to-northbound U-turn bridge, a widened overpass and southbound I-35 frontage road, and new safety lighting from Slaughter Lane to Onion Creek Parkway. New railing has also been installed on the bridge. The renovation of the overpass is part of a larger TxDOT project to improve mobility along the I-35 corridor in Central Texas.

Timeline: May 2016-late September 2017
Cost: $9.2 million
Funding source: Texas Proposition 1

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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