Ross Road Substandard Street Project

The City of Austin will reconstruct Ross Road to a five-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 Pearce Lane.

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

The project has reached 60% design. A public open house, detailed below, will provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the design concepts and provide feedback. 

60% Design Open House

The project team reached the 60% design milestone in December 2022. In January 2023, the City of Austin hosted an open house to show the public revised designs for the project area of Ross Road between SH-71 and Pearce Lane. The 2020 Austin Mobility Bond set aside $35 million for the design and construction of improvements, which are detailed in the documents linked below.

Design Documents

Preliminary Engineering Recommendations

Final Preliminary Engineering Report
This report, published in April 2019, 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:

Fall 2022 Project Update 

Ross Road Interim Improvements Complete
Austin Transportation has constructed four new and improved pedestrian crossings along and across Ross Road at Thome Valley Drive, Spiers Way, Los Cielos Boulevard and Pearce Lane as well as Fort Lexington Drive at Ross Road. View the fact sheet for this project (English and Spanish).
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at Spiers Way and Ross Road

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.

Project Limits

Ross Road North project limits

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.
Pedestrian safety improvements were completed in Fall 2022 in part of this project area. View more information in English / Ver más información del proyecto en español

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, 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. Construction is 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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