The city is holding a public hearing Monday evening about the possibility of removing two automobile lanes on East River Road and adding a center turn lane and bike lanes each direction.
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The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at Conway Park, 504 Bliss Lane.
Under a program the city is calling its Complete Streets initiative, streets scheduled for repaving are sometimes reconfigured before they are restripped in the manner of the “road diet” projects on C.M. Allen Parkway and Cheatham Street that converted car lanes to bike lanes and parallel parking spots.
“When we repave a street, we have a clean canvas from which to work,” said Public Services division assistant director Sabas Avila. “If we can restripe the road in a manner that improves mobility and makes it safer for all users, it’s a win-win for everyone.”
The initiative evaluates each street planned for repaving or minor reconstruction in order to identify low-cost cost measures—such as restriping or minor sidewalk improvements that could improve accessibility and safety, officials say.
River Road is currently a four-lane, undivided roadway with sidewalks on one side. The road has low traffic volumes and operates at Level of Service A, which describes a roadway with traffic flows at or above the posted speed limit and all motorists have complete mobility between lanes.
The Transportation Division is proposing reducing the lanes from four lanes to three lanes and adding bike lanes on the section of River Road between Interstate 35 and Texas 80. With the proposed change, the roadway would operate at Level of Service B, in which free-flow speeds are maintained but maneuverability within the traffic is slightly restricted.
Conway Park is located at the intersection of Sturgeon Drive and Bliss Lane in the Blanco Garden Neighborhood. For information, call 512-393-8036.