AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 25,000 drivers make their approach by a piece of Farm to Market Road 973 close to the previously named Harold Green Road, in accordance to the most recent information from TxDOT from 2020. It’s a rising quantity for the rising area with visitors, rising 136% in three years.
Just this week, Travis County Commissioners accredited a reputation change for the street going from Harold Green Road to Tesla Road. Despite the identify change, the congestion surrounding the area stays with the primary batch of employees, an estimated 5,000, anticipated to start work on the new Tesla Giga Texas manufacturing unit quickly. Thousands extra are anticipated to come within the months and years to come, and county and transportation leaders are working to make enhancements.
“If you have a look at that area, it’s thought-about an east Austin area,” defined Travis County Commissioner for Precinct 1 Jeff Travillion. “One factor we learn about east Austin is it was underinvested in and undeveloped.”
Travillion, who represents that part of the county, mentioned infrastructure is missing in areas alongside FM 973.
“If you look there between FM 973 and the Giga manufacturing unit, there’s a large hole, the street goes to a sure place, stops, and begins at one other place,” he mentioned.
And with the inflow of latest individuals, he desires to see an evacuation route be constructed to be utilized in case of a pure catastrophe, like flooding or tornadoes, and even incorporating for a protected faculties route.
“What we try to do is construct another,” he mentioned. “We try to ensure that the prevailing a part of Harold Green Road is efficient as an evacuation route.”
The commissioner mentioned county leaders have an thought of the place it may go.
“We know that it’s going to roughly be on the south facet of Austin’s colony and we all know that it’s going to take us to State Highway 130,” he defined, however presently that is still to be decided. Currently, they’re engaged on a design for the evacuation route and he estimates they need to have a greater thought of what that might seem like in about six months.
TxDOT additionally has some initiatives it’s engaged on. Transportations leaders have plans to add an extra lane in every route with a steady middle flip lane on FM 973 between Farm to Market Road 969 and Thyone Drive. That will get began this fall.
In just a few weeks, crews will start work on some flip lanes from FM 973 onto Tesla Road. TxDOT not too long ago put in a visitors sign on the intersection of FM 973 and Tesla Road in an effort to assist mitigate the visitors.
“We see it persevering with to develop and we wish it to develop sensible,” Travillion mentioned.