Big safety improvements planned for Anderson Mill Road

Big changes are coming to a portion of Anderson Mill Road. It's become a busy thoroughfare in North Austin. (CBS Austin)

Big changes are coming to a portion of Anderson Mill Road. It's become a busy thoroughfare in North Austin.

City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and the Austin Transportation Department plan to unveil a draft of mobility and safety recommendations for Anderson Mill Road Saturday morning.

The Anderson Mill Road Regional Mobility Project is part of The 2016 Mobility Bond, approved by voters in November 2016.

According to a statement from Flannigan, three recommendations will be revealed to community members Saturday to enhance safety and mobility along Anderson Mill Road.

This will be the first opportunity residents have to view staff recommendations that have been in development over the past year.

Flannigan said between Spicewood Parkway and Hwy 183, the city wants to complete sidewalks, fix drainage issues and improve safety.

Trey Eskew lives near Anderson Mill and has experienced the growing pains of living in a growing area. "Lots of traffic, lots of cars of course during rush hour, it's very heavy and takes a while to get through the lights," Eskew said.

The Austin Transportation Department is inviting the community to the open house February 10 at 10 a.m. to weigh in on the draft recommendations.

"I see the problems he's talking about and it would be nice to improve on those things if you can because you don't want to be the person in the wreck or causing the wreck," Eskew said.

City leaders are worried that Anderson Mill has a history of crashes and safety improvements are needed. Eskew said most crashes he sees are closer to Hwy 183

"People trying to pull out of the shopping centers across a couple of lanes of traffic and usually that doesn't go well," Eskew said.

Also on the list to be fixed are sidewalks. Anderson Mill has incomplete sidewalks in some areas. "You'll see people walking in the grass or walking in the ditch, kids. So that's not real safe," Eskew said.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hope Presbyterian church on Anderson Mill. It's open to the public who can give feedback on the plan the city presents. Construction will begin in 2020-2021.

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