Con­cerns aired about Lost Creek Blvd.

Com­mer­cial traf­fic, speed­ers and cut-throughs prompt city to seek rem­edy plans.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Rachel Rice rrice@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

Lost Creek res­i­dents might hear from the city of Austin by the end of the year about a plan to tackle in­creas­ing traf­fic on the com­mu­nity’s main thor­ough­fare, Lost Creek Boule­vard, city of­fi­cials said.

The Lost Creek Civic Or­ga­ni­za­tion hosted a panel dis­cus­sion this month so res­i­dents could air their traf­fic con­cerns with the city’s Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment.

“We con­ducted a sur­vey a cou­ple of months ago about is­sues, and one of the things that came up in the com­ments sec­tion over and over was safety and se­cu­rity, mostly re­lated to Lost Creek Boule­vard,” civic or­ga­ni­za­tion pres­i­dent Paul Schu­mann said.

“It’s a com­bi­na­tion of im­pacts — it’s cut through traf­fic, it’s com­mer­cial traf­fic that goes through . ... Plus peo­ple speed on it. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour most of the way, and a very high per­cent­age of peo­ple speed.”

Schu­mann said that res­i­dents of Lost Creek, like much of Austin, have felt the ef­fects of nav­i­ga­tion apps such as Waze and Google Maps, which of­ten en­cour­age drivers to leave con­gested main ar­te­rial roads and to cut through smaller side streets to get to their des­ti­na­tion more quickly.

Anna Martin, area en­gi­neer for Lost Creek, said the city of Austin has done some data gath­er­ing of the traf­fic on Lost Creek Boule­vard, but needs to an­a­lyze the in­for­ma­tion be­fore a plan can be for­mu­lated.

“What’s con­cern­ing to (res­i­dents) is Lost Creek Boule­vard it­self, be­cause it has a re­ally high traf­fic vol­ume and res­i­dents have speed­ing con­cerns,” Martin said. “The lo­cal area traf­fic man­age­ment pro­gram is a re­quest-based pro­gram . ... A study and eval­u­a­tion is done to see if a street is el­i­gi­ble for the pro­gram. Lost Creek (Boule­vard) is def­i­nitely el­i­gi­ble, but since it meets cer­tain cri­te­ria, we’ll want to take a larger look at it.”

Martin said that since Lost Creek Boule­vard is an “ar­te­rial car­ry­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of traf­fic vol­ume,” the so­lu­tion is un­likely to come down to speed cush­ions. Road re­strip­ing, pedes­trian is­lands and speed radar signs are among the pos­si­ble solutions to slow traf­fic.

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