Ross Road Substandard Street Project

The City of Austin will reconstruct Ross Road to a 5-lane cross section roadway (two thru lanes in each direction plus a two-way left turn lane and/or median) with pedestrian and bicycle facilities along the corridor as part of the 2020 Mobility Bond. The City of Austin Ross Road project is located between SH-71 and Pierce Lane.

Ross Road (SH-71 to Pierce Lane) project timeline

The project is currently in the design phase with initial data collection underway. Community engagement is ongoing along the corridor and a public open house is anticipated when the project reaches 60% design. 

Preliminary Engineering Recommendations

Final Preliminary Engineering Report
This report recommends safety and mobility improvements on Ross Road between Highway 71 and Heine Farm Road.
Click on the links below to read the Ross Road recommendations:

Spring 2021 Project Update

Ross Road Community Briefing and Interim Improvements Survey
Austin Transportation provided a virtual briefing on the Ross Road Improvement Project on Wednesday, April 28th, hosted by District 2 Council Member Vanessa Fuentes. Review the presentation shared.
Near-term crossing improvements are planned along or across Ross Road at Fort Lexington Drive, Gillwell Drive, at the entrance to Del Valle Elementary School, Thome Valley Drive, Spiers Way, Los Cielos Boulevard and Pearce Lane.

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Project Background

The City of Austin evaluated Ross Road as part of the Local Mobility Program of the 2016 Mobility Bond. This project evaluated 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. 

Project Process

This project included 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 worked closely with Travis County and the Texas Department of Transportation, agencies which also have projects in the immediate area. Community engagement was coordinated throughout the project to share information and collect feedback. 
The final Preliminary Engineering Report was completed in early 2019.
Construction funds were allocated for Ross Road improvements through the 2020 Mobility Bond. Early design phases will take place in March and April of 2022 with construction expected to begin in late 2023.
Public Meeting 1: March 20, 2018
The Ross Road project team hosted the first public meeting on March 20, 2018 to get community feedback on Ross Road's needs and existing conditions. This feedback informed the recommendations we presented in November 2018.

Public Meeting 2: November 13, 2018
The Ross Road project team hosted the second public meeting on November 13, 2018. The purpose of this meeting was to share recommendations for improvements to Ross Road and get feedback.

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