Traffic http://kut.org en How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year? http://kut.org/post/how-much-do-bad-roads-texas-traffic-cost-drivers-every-year <p>Believe it or not, the state of Texas needs to spend money every year just to maintain current and <a href="post/austin-traffic-slow-and-growing">ever-growing levels of traffic</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/">Texas Department of Transportation</a> needs at least $4 to 5 billion in additional funds to maintain roads and keep traffic from getting worse. In November, Texans will take to the polls to decide the fate of the agency's request via a <a href="http://movetexasforward.com/about-the-initiative/ballot-proposition/">constitutional amendment</a> for the roadway funding.</p><p>While the sticker shock of that may not sit well with some, <a href="http://www.tripnet.org/docs/TX_Statewide_Transportation_by_the_Numbers_TRIP_Release_072314.pdf">a new study</a> says shaky infrastructure has an annual statewide cost of over $25 billion and Austin drivers an average of $1,700 a year.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160081440&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 10855 at http://kut.org How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year? Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock http://kut.org/post/think-traffic-bad-now-2035-it-could-take-3-hours-get-austin-round-rock <p>These days Austin is known as much for traffic as it is for live music or five-hour-long barbecue lines.&nbsp;</p><p>If you've been commuting in Austin for a while, you might have noticed the traffic isn't exactly getting better. Despite flirtations with building a six-lane highway, constructing a long overdue urban rail system and even "sequestering" I-35 under concrete, commute times are not only stagnant, they're getting worse. In 2011, the state commissioned a study on major roadways which found — despite all those improvements — it could take Austin commuters up to three hours to get to Round Rock by 2035.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157857932&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10753 at http://kut.org Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock What is a Diverging Diamond Interchange and How Might it Help Traffic in Round Rock? http://kut.org/post/what-diverging-diamond-interchange-and-how-might-it-help-traffic-round-rock <p>State transportation authorities announced this week that they received the green light to build a $6.7 million "diverging diamond interchange" at I-35 and University Blvd. in Round Rock. That's an area that gets a lot of traffic, partly because it's near the only IKEA in Central Texas and the <a href="http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=73">Round Rock Premium Outlets</a>, among many other retail businesses.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:01:06 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10724 at http://kut.org What is a Diverging Diamond Interchange and How Might it Help Traffic in Round Rock? President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles http://kut.org/post/president-obamas-coming-austin-how-hear-his-address-avoid-traffic-troubles <p>President Barack Obama will be in Austin today to give the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/president-obama-will-speak-thursday-april-10-2014" target="_blank">keynote address</a> at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library. The event is marking the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/lbj-school-marks-50th-anniversary-president-johnson-s-landma" target="_blank">50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act</a>.</p><p><strong>How to Hear Obama's Address:</strong></p><p>While it is not possible to get into the auditorium to see the President’s address unless you already have a ticket – there is an opportunity to see some of the other summit panels.</p><p>A standby line will begin forming at 1:30 p.m. on the east side of Sid Richardson Hall – next to the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/contact/map" target="_blank">LBJ Library</a>. Open seats for the panels starting at 2, 3 and 4 o’clock will be filled with people from the standby line.</p><p>KUT 90.5 will air Obama’s address at the Civil Rights Summit live starting around 11:30 a.m. This is made possible with a partnership with the <a href="http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/" target="_blank">Longhorn Network</a>. UT will also stream the address online at KUT.org. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:07:49 +0000 Laura Rice & Larissa Liska 10187 at http://kut.org President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles Austin Drivers Should Slow Down in School Zones Today Though Lights May Not Flash http://kut.org/post/austin-drivers-should-slow-down-school-zones-today-though-lights-may-not-flash <p>Many area school kids are in class today despite the Presidents' Day holiday. They’re <a href="http://kut.org/post/schools-will-have-make-snow-days-starting-monday" target="_blank">making up for a day missed</a> due to winter weather.</p><p>City of Austin Transportation crews are <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/use-caution-school-zones-presidents-day" target="_blank">working to manually re-program flashing school zone lights</a> warning drivers to slow down. But only about one-sixth were ready before the start of school this morning.</p><p>“If a driver comes up to a school zone and they know that the school is in session and the flasher aren’t going, they should use that same level of caution, drive slower and be aware of students in the area," city spokesperson Samantha Park said. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:46:11 +0000 Laura Rice 9796 at http://kut.org Austin Drivers Should Slow Down in School Zones Today Though Lights May Not Flash Despite Student Protests, Cap Metro to Discontinue North Campus Bus Lines http://kut.org/post/despite-student-protests-cap-metro-discontinue-north-campus-bus-lines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tight budgets could leave some UT Austin commuters without a bus line in the upcoming semester, according to Cap Metro.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">The Wickersham Lane (Route WL) shuttle will be eliminated this semester and the Cameron Road route (Route CR) will be shortened this semester, renamed Route Camino La Costa (Route CLC) and then eliminated after the spring semester. &nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The transit authority attributes the cutbacks to a persistent lack of funds from UT's Student Services Budget Committee.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:45:39 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9458 at http://kut.org Despite Student Protests, Cap Metro to Discontinue North Campus Bus Lines Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://kut.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:16:03 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 9386 at http://kut.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle Weather Postpones New MoPac Construction (Update) http://kut.org/post/weather-postpones-new-mopac-construction-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin's latest surge of winter weather means postponement of lane&nbsp;restriping work on MoPac.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While lane closures continue, lane restriping&nbsp; probably won't begin until after Friday's expected rains, and possible freezing precipitation on Saturday. See the tweet below:</span></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Various lane closures tonight for construction sign installation. Restriping work delayed. Weather may push work to next week. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23atxtraffic&amp;src=hash">#atxtraffic</a></p>— MoPac Project (@ImproveMopac) <a href="https://twitter.com/ImproveMopac/statuses/408278044646711296">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Dec. 9): Construction work on </span>MoPac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is about to get underway. Overnight lane closures begin tonight as crews install construction signs in preparation for&nbsp;</span>restriping<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> portions of the road.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:05:19 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9296 at http://kut.org Weather Postpones New MoPac Construction (Update) Map: Are These Austin's Worst Intersections? http://kut.org/post/map-are-these-austins-worst-intersections <p></p><p>In Austin, it's a constant: Traffic.</p><p>There’s&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/gravel-roads-funding-cuts-texas-transportation-proposals-create-confusion-alarm">recent statewide&nbsp;</a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/travis-county-commissioners-support-long-delayed-sh-45-sw">local efforts</a>&nbsp;to mitigate congestion – which will take substantial investment and extensive construction. So despite proposals in the pipeline, traffic will continue to be a slow-going,&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-traffic-slow-and-growing">fast-growing problem</a>.</p><p>So, it got us wondering: What are the worst intersections in Austin?&nbsp;</p><p><iframe height="480" src="http://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zVcpBdHQavKE.kwedjeyW6TOU" width="580"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:26:35 +0000 Andrew Weber 8999 at http://kut.org Map: Are These Austin's Worst Intersections? Expect Slow Traffic on 71 at Southwest Parkway for a While http://kut.org/post/expect-slow-traffic-71-southwest-parkway-while <p>Traffic may be moving slower on SH 71 this morning around Southwest Parkway. And it’ll probably be that way for the next eight months or so.</p><p>SH 71 is reduced to one lane in each direction while crews work to widen the road.</p><p>The Texas Department of Transportation is adding turn lanes, an acceleration lane and paved shoulders to 71 at Southwest Parkway. TxDOT says the project will increase safety in the area.</p><p>TxDOT warns drivers should plan for possible delays in the area.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:20:24 +0000 Laura Rice 8673 at http://kut.org Expect Slow Traffic on 71 at Southwest Parkway for a While Study Confirms the Obvious: Austin Drivers Aren't Very Safe http://kut.org/post/study-confirms-obvious-austin-drivers-arent-very-safe <p>It may not be news to anyone trapped on Interstate 35, or suffering a meltdown on MoPac, but a new study confirms the obvious: Austin drivers are far less safe than the nationwide average, according to a study from insurance company Allstate.</p><p>Austin ranks among the bottom quarter of U.S. cities in Allstate’s <a href="http://allstatenewsroom.com/channels/News-Releases/releases/where-are-the-safest-driving-cities-in-america-the-ninth-annual-allstate-america-s-best-drivers-report-reveals-new-results">“Americas Best Drivers” report</a> – 155th out of 200 largest cities. The city actually fell six places from <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/how-accident-prone-are-austin-drivers">its ranking last year</a> (149th), meaning Austin drivers have gotten less safe by Allstate's standards.</p><p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:21:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8586 at http://kut.org Study Confirms the Obvious: Austin Drivers Aren't Very Safe MetroRail Service Behind Schedule After Tech Problems (Update) http://kut.org/post/metrorail-service-behind-schedule-after-tech-problems-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Capital Metro’s MetroRail Service is back up and running this morning. But trains are running behind schedule because of a technology problem earlier this morning.</p><p>Capital Metro says the first train will depart from Leander at about 6:50 a.m.</p><p>A Capital Metro spokesperson says crews will work hard this morning to get back on schedule.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(6:22 a.m.): Capital Metro’s MetroRail Service is down this morning because of a technology problem. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:22:46 +0000 Laura Rice 8340 at http://kut.org MetroRail Service Behind Schedule After Tech Problems (Update) Going Downtown for the Fourth? Here's What You Need to Know http://kut.org/post/going-downtown-fourth-heres-what-you-need-know <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=204633851779982247469.0004e088974ef08a373cf&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.262917,-97.755298&amp;spn=0.021045,0.021415&amp;t=m&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=d041732666&amp;e=7536a6c70c">Preparations are underway</a> for the Auditorium Shores concert and fireworks show Thursday.</p><p>The festivities start at 8:30 p.m., with a performance by the Austin Symphony. Fireworks are set to start at 9:30 p.m., and the event is expected to end at 10 p.m.</p><p>Above, you'll find a map of street closures for the event — streets marked red will be completely closed. Those in blue will be partially shut down. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:40:19 +0000 Emery Reifsnyder 8265 at http://kut.org Smell Bacon? Truck Full of Pork Bellies Catches Fire, Closes I-35 http://kut.org/post/smell-bacon-truck-full-pork-bellies-catches-fire-closes-i-35 <p><strong>Update</strong> (4:30 p.m.)<em><strong>: </strong></em>Austin Police are warning that I-35 southbound could be closed through the evening:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>1600 blk S I-35 SB is still closed and may be until around midnight for assessment of the roadway and repairs if needed. Plz use alt route.</p>— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) <a href="https://twitter.com/Austin_Police/statuses/349274081536917504">June 24, 2013</a></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><b>Original Story:&nbsp;</b>Southbound Interstate 35 is shut down just past Riverside because a semi truck is on fire.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Austin Police and Fire crews have moved southbound traffic to the access road.</p><p>AFD spokesperson Palmer Buck estimated the closures may be in effect until rush hour. Northbound traffic is also backed up because of onlookers.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:18:26 +0000 Laura Rice 8209 at http://kut.org Should Austin Bury I-35? Proposal to Reconnect City Gets New Look (Update) http://kut.org/post/should-austin-bury-i-35-proposal-reconnect-city-gets-new-look-update <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(June 20): This morning Austin City Council members decided to go ahead and approve a resolution supporting a I-35 National Environmental Policy Act study for a plan to reconnect East &amp; West Austin by submerging it from approximately River Street to Martin Luther King, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Boulevard.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Council also directed the City Manager to develop an economic impact study and look at associated financing options.</span></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh & Laura Rice 8157 at http://kut.org Should Austin Bury I-35? Proposal to Reconnect City Gets New Look (Update) Lawmaker Predicts 'Full-Blown Crisis' for Future Roads Funding http://kut.org/post/lawmaker-predicts-full-blown-crisis-future-roads-funding <p>Paying for transportation infrastructure is big part of the special session underway now at the Texas Capitol. But, for some lawmakers, it's not a big enough part.</p><p>Senate Joint Resolution 2 would send some oil and gas tax money into a new fund, but everyone agrees that much more money is needed.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:57:58 +0000 KUT Staff 8151 at http://kut.org Lawmaker Predicts 'Full-Blown Crisis' for Future Roads Funding Cesar Chavez Partially Reopened After Sinkhole Surprise (Update) http://kut.org/post/cesar-chavez-partially-reopened-after-sinkhole-surprise-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Cesar Chavez Street is now open to eastbound traffic, but one westbound lane is still closed as crews finish work on a sinkhole found this morning.</p><p>The cement used to fill the hole has very little water and dries quickly, but is not expected to be fully dry until after rush hour.</p><p><strong>Original post </strong>(12:17 p.m.): Westbound Cesar Chavez Street is closed from I-35 to Red River after a sinkhole formed near Sabine Street.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:17:48 +0000 Laura Rice & Joy Diaz 8123 at http://kut.org Cesar Chavez Partially Reopened After Sinkhole Surprise (Update) Graduation Time: Expect Frank Erwin Center Congestion http://kut.org/post/graduation-time-expect-frank-erwin-center-congestion <p>Expect traffic congestion around the Frank Erwin Center to pick up over the next couple of days as <a href="http://www.uterwincenter.com/events" target="_blank">area schools celebrate high school graduations</a>.</p><p><a href="https://42be0bc3-a-53432628-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/eanesisd.net/whs/files/Erwin%20Center%20Info%20for%20Parents.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cqw8VAelF-M0JrQWWfrTfpkzhWnrP0W1BikKrjUnteUrYa4tVO0e-QPrvHmOngXp-bdlFH8Pfo1--fpYKI3K3_KYmKtbUUsy4321iqSyrjZU4AknZz4eGGsvxHLEekfBx-5iLpJ0kQ_7PrgWE-uvZ5a8vZSFcKNAMZZuXWJRmRLoq3m30tOW8IhYAOzvTlPspOmr11zYRCEC2Hw9MObvKYROXCoggpdguXbnhNqqg1sLi-z21U%3D&amp;attredirects=0" target="_blank">Westlake High School </a>students will get their diplomas at the Erwin Center tonight. Three other high schools have graduations scheduled there on Saturday: Hendrickson High School (9 a.m.), Pflugerville High School (11 a.m.) and Connally High School (1 p.m.).</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:24:16 +0000 Laura Rice 7947 at http://kut.org Graduation Time: Expect Frank Erwin Center Congestion Austin Police Cracking Down on Hazardous Driving Memorial Day http://kut.org/post/austin-police-cracking-down-hazardous-driving-memorial-day <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-23e918ec-c8ca-674b-9383-a6dd3954a4b7" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p>Last year’s Memorial Day weekend saw 191 car crashes, one death and 99 injuries, said Austin Police Chief&nbsp;Art Acevedo.&nbsp;</p><p>This year,&nbsp;APD, state police, and nearby counties are collaborating to counter hazardous driving, in an effort to make holiday weekends less destructive on Central Texas roads.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:39:47 +0000 Luke Quinton 7825 at http://kut.org Austin Police Cracking Down on Hazardous Driving Memorial Day SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update) http://kut.org/post/swat-situation-east-us-hwy-290-ends-update <p><b>Update:&nbsp;</b>Austin police say the suspect is in custody and that roadways will open soon. Eastbound U.S. Hwy 290 is open now, but the service road near Berkman is still closed.</p><p>The situation started early this morning when police responded to a call of a shot fired at the Capitol Village Apartments. When officers arrived, police say the suspect pointed a weapon at them and police fired back – but no one was injured. The suspect then went back inside of an apartment and police have been trying to make contact. They’re also trying to evacuate the apartment complex.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:24:19 +0000 Laura Rice & Marissa Barnett 7775 at http://kut.org SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update)