Williamson County commissioners voted Aug. 13 to approve an interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Austin to address safety improvements on Pearson Ranch and Avery Ranch roads.
In the agreement, the county agreed to reimburse the city for 50% of the installation cost of proposed traffic signals at the intersection of Pearson and Avery and reimburse 100% of the installation cost of the proposed pedestrian signal at the intersection of Pearson and Iveans Way.
The county also agreed to design, install, operate and maintain the proposed pedestrian signals.
The city agreed to design, install, operate and maintain the proposed traffic signal at Pearson and Avery as well as the pedestrian signals within city limits, the agreement said. The city will also install and maintain a proposed fence at the end of Pickaxe Trail within city property, it said.
The total reimbursement from the county will not exceed $285,000, the agreement said.
“We have been working in partnership with the city of Austin to improve safety,” said Bob Daigh, Williamson County senior director of infrastructure. “This interlocal agreement allows both the city and the county to move forward with safety projects.”
Daigh said the projects will help improve safety for students walking to and from Elsa England Elementary and Pearson Ranch Middle schools.
Funding for the project will come from Williamson County road bonds, Daigh said.