Ross Road Substandard Street Project
The Austin Transportation Department is creating a preliminary engineering report for Ross Road as part of the 2016 Mobility Bond (Project ID: 11900.003). The project includes evaluation of road conditions for possible future design and construction opportunities on Ross Road between Highway 71 and Heine Farm Road.
The City of Austin is developing the preliminary engineering report for Ross Road as a part of the Local Mobility Program of the 2016 Mobility Bond. This project will evaluate road conditions, missing sidewalks, curbs, and drainage elements to enhance mobility and safety for all road users.
Approved by voters in November 2016, the Mobility Bond dedicates $11 million for preliminary engineering on nine substandard streets, including Ross Road. Substandard streets are publicly owned roadways within the City of Austin’s jurisdiction that do not meet current City of Austin requirements because they have pavement widths that are less than 24 feet and typically lack some curb and gutter, drainage, bicycle accommodations, and sidewalk infrastructure. Funding to design and construct improvements on the substandard streets has not been identified.
This project includes a review of existing conditions, such as traffic counts, crash data, and pinch points, as well as a review of constraints, such as right-of-way and utilities, and coordination with the City’s adopted transportation plans and policies. On Ross Road, in particular, the City is coordinating closely with Travis County and the Texas Department of Transportation, agencies which also have projects in the immediate area. Community engagement will be coordinated throughout the project to share information and collect feedback.
A Preliminary Engineering Report will be developed to address substandard elements of the street, such as missing sidewalks, curbs, and drainage elements. Currently, there are no City funds allocated for construction of improvements, but having a Preliminary Engineering Report allows the City to move forward quickly if funding is identified.
The City of Austin wants to hear from residents and business owners who live, work, play and use Ross Road in order to inform the development of recommended improvements.
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