NEWS & UPDATES
december 17, 2019
Community Update #2 Available
It's been just over a year since Safer71 was formed to advocate for road safety in western Travis County along SH71. We are extremely proud of the success that has been achieved and the dramatic reduction in road fatalities this year. Our Community Update #2 provides additional details on the actions we have taken in 2019 and our plans for the future.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
Travis County Approves Traffic Enforcement Pilot!
After more than 6 months of advocating with Travis County, Safer71 is excited to announce that a pilot project to fund 3 additional deputies for dedicated traffic enforcement on SH71 West and US290 West was approved! This represents the first additional dedicated traffic staff in the County since 2010!
We are extremely grateful to the hard work by Constable Stacy Suits and Commissioner Gerald Daugherty who have believed in the need for safety on these roads since we approached them in 2018. We believe this program will ensure sustained enforcement presence on our roads and help to change the behavior of poor drivers in the area.
AUGUST 24, 2019
Travis County Budget Hearings
Safer 71 attended the the Commissioners Court budget hearings in support of the Constable Precinct 3 request to add a traffic unit for safety enforcement in Western Travis County.
In the last 10 months the focused enforcement program on SH71 West has helped to reduce deaths by 86%, total crashes by 15%, and total injuries by 34%.
We hope that increased resources will continue to reduce incidents, and assist safety on 290 and 620 who have seen increases in their road tolls over the same period of time.
August 8, 2019
SH71 Recent Projects Completed
The TxDOT project to resurface SH71 West has now been completed. This project has installed special asphalt to reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning in wet weather.
A traffic signal has also been installed at Bob Wire Rd, a warning light at Fall Creek Rd, and a protected turn light at Pace Bend Rd (2322).
Work is still being completed to finalize striping and divider posts in key intersections such as Pedernales Summit Parkway at Sweetwater and Bob Wire Rd in Spicewood.
June 26, 2019
RR620 TxDOT Open House
Safer71 attended the TxDOT Open House regarding RR620 improvements being slated for the area in coming years. This includes a proposed major redesign of the SH71 West intersection with RR620.
Safer71 and other residents provided feedback on the proposed designs, which will continue to have public comment periods before they are finalized in 2020.
june 17, 2019
CAMPO Open House
Be sure to attend the CAMPO open house on June 19, 2019 at Bee Cave Library to learn about the Regional Arterial Study and the CAMPO 2045 plans.
These are important to the future of SH71 West which currently has no planned improvements recommended for it aside from the RR620 intersection.
May 31, 2019
Texas Traffic Safety Conference
Safer71 attended the 2019 Texas Traffic Safety conference in San Antonio May 30-31, 2019.
During the event Safer71 met with many operators of traffic safety initiatives throughout Texas to find new education programs we can bring to our area.
In addition we learned of the current best practices being employed by TxDOT to reduce road fatalities.
May 14, 2019
Spicewood Area Improvements
As part of our ongoing communications with TxDOT, Safer71 has been able to accelerate the completion of two long outstanding projects to improve safety on SH71 West in the Spicewood Area.
the addition of a protected left turn when heading East on SH71 at Pace Bend, and;
the activation of the flashing caution lights at Fall Creek.
The addition of a center turn lane on SH71 West of the Pedernales River to the County Line is currently slated for construction to commence in 2021.
March 1, 2019
Safety Corridor Bill Introduced
After discussions with Safer71, State Rep. Vikki Goodwin has introduced House Bill 2814 to the Texas Legislature that would allow TxDOT to implement safety corridors in high fatality areas in the state. The corridors would allow for double fines (like in construction zones) with the increased revenue generated supporting additional enforcement resources in the area to improve safety.
The long term goal is to change driver behavior in the corridors by increasing awareness of the need to drive more responsibly where there is a known risk of fatal accidents occuring.
JANUARY 16, 2019
Community Impact Feature
As part of their 2019 featured stories, Community impact will be following the efforts of Safer71 and similar organizations in the region to address road safety, congestion, and transportation needs.
May 14, 2019
Travis County Transportation Survey
Travis County is currently completing their 2050 Blueprint which includes prioritization of numerous projects along the SH71 West Corridor. These studies are important opportunities for residents to show where they want their tax dollars spent, and to help bring awareness to the critical need for engineering improvements to keep up with the population growth in our area.
March 15, 2019
Safer71 Community Meetings
Safer71 will be holding a series of community meetings update residents on our efforts in the area. Dates are:
Saturday April 20th at 6:30 pm
Spicewood Community Center
Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm
Rough Hollow Town Center
Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 pm
Bee Cave City Council Room
Sunday, April 28th at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 pm
Spanish Oaks Clubhouse (Residents Only)
Sunday May 19 at 7:00 pm
Spicewood Community Center
JANUARY 30, 2019
Community Update #1
Community Update #1 provides a summary on the activities of Safer71 since its formation, a detailed explanation on the history of this portion of SH71 West and responses from TxDOT in relation to items Safer71 has presented to them.
The update will be the bases for upcoming community meetings in April 2019, and a future town hall event with local government and TxDOT officials in the Fall of 2019.