SAFER71 PROGRESS UPDATES

Safer71 has been working diligently to advocate on behalf of residents in the area.  The below is a history of their activities to date:

October 28, 2018

Dr. Michael Babineaux killed in fatal crash on SH 71, spurring the formation of Safer71.

November 7, 2018
Initial meeting of Safer71 volunteers, resolution to form non-profit and establish a charter to improve road safety in Travis County.  Greg Short appointed as President of Safer 71.

November 13, 2018

Safer71 presents to the Travis County Commissioners Court in opposition to the proposed road enhancements associated with the Bee Creek Sports Complex.

November 15, 2018

Safer71 meets with Lakeway Mayor and City manager to discuss mutual opportunities to improve road safety in the region.

November 26, 2018

Safer71 meets with Bee Cave Mayor and City manager to discuss mutual opportunities to improve road safety in the region.

November 28, 2018

Safer71 leads efforts to participate in the CAMPO public input process for their regional arterial plan and CAMPO 2045 comprehensive transportation plan.

November 29, 2018

Safer71 meets with Commissioner Gerald Daugherty to discuss potential improvements to SH 71 West.

December 12, 2018

Safer71 meets with CAMPO and TxDOT to learn more about the funding and selection process for road projects in Texas.

December 12, 2018

Safer71 meets with CAMPO, TxDOT, and Commissioner Gerald Daugherty to review a list of projects identified by Safer71 for short, medium, and long-term improvements to SH 71 West.

December 20, 2018   

Bee Cave Police utilize STEP grant funds to provide additional enforcement activities on SH 71 West over the holiday period.

 

December 28, 2018

Safer71 meets with Representative-Elect Vikki Goodwin of District 47 to discuss mutual opportunities to improve road safety in the region.

December 31, 2018    

Safer71 provided formal response in the Phase 2 public comment period to the CAMPO Regional Arterial Plan and CAMPO2045 plan addressing the needs of SH 71 West.

January 4, 2019         

TxDOT hosts a meeting with Safer71 and Commissioner Gerald Daugherty to respond to the items presented on December 12, 2018.

January 9, 2019         

Safer71 meets with DPS and TCSO Precinct 3, to discuss enforcement and resource availability on SH 71 West.

January 22, 2019        

Safer71 meets with Travis County District Attorney’s office to review laws and due process related to prosecution of vehicular accidents resulting in manslaughter or aggravated assault causing serious bodily harm in Travis County.

January 24, 2019        

Safer 71 meets with Stacy Suits, Travis County Constable Precinct 3, to discuss enforcement and resource availability on SH 71 West.

January 30, 2019

Safer71 releases Community Update #1 detailing progress to date to area residents.  View here.

February 1, 2019

Speed Limit reduced from RR620/SH71 to Pedernales River Bridge.

March 14, 2019

Safer71 announces series of community meetings to be held in April and May.

March 1, 2019

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin introduces House Bill 2814 to the Texas Legislature requesting the introduction of highway safety corridors to help address road safety.

April 20, 2019

Safer71 meets with Spicewood residents at the Spicewood Community Center to discuss road safety issues.

April 22, 2019

Safer71 meets with Lakeway and Rough Hollow residents at the Rough Hollow Town Center to discuss road safety issues.

April 25, 2019

Safer71 meets with Bee Cave area residents at the Bee Cave City Hall to discuss road safety issues.

April 28, 2019

Safer71 meets with Sweetwater area residents at the Sweetwater Clubhouse to discuss road safety issues.

May 1, 2019

Safer71 meets with Spanish Oaks residents at the Spanish Oaks Clubhouse to discuss road safety issues.

May 14, 2019

TxDOT installs a protected left turn signal at Pace Bend and SH71 West.  The flashing light warning signals at Fall Creek are also activated.

May 19, 2019

Safer71 meets with Spicewood residents at the Spicewood Community Center to discuss road safety issues.

May 31, 2019

Safer71 representatives attend the 2019 Texas Traffic Safety conference in San Antonion to learn more about safety grant programs and current initiatives being implemented across the state to reduce road deaths.

June 19, 2019

Safer71 attends the CAMPO open house to discuss the Regional Arterial Study being completed.  

June 26, 2019

Safer71 attends the TxDOT Open House in Bee Cave to discuss upcoming changes to SH71 West associated with planned improvements to RR620.

August 8, 2019

The resurfacing of SH71 West is completed with a new permeable asphalt to reduce hydroplaning.

August 24, 2019

Safer71 attends the Travis County budget hearings in support of the request from Travis County Constable Precinct 3 in securing additional resources for a dedicated traffic enforcement unit for SH71 West and US290.

September 5, 2019

Travis County Commissioners approve a 2 year pilot of additional resources in support of the requested traffic enforcement unit for Constable Precinct 3.

December 1, 2019

All new deputies for the new traffic enforcement unit of Precinct 3 are sworn in and have begun patrolling SH71 and US290.

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