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Williamson, Hays win support for CAMPO stimulus funds
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Kimberly Reeves
Those who might have expected fireworks at the June CAMPO Transportation Policy Board meeting would have been sorely disappointed on Monday night.
Environmentalists showed up in full force to discuss the last segment of State Highway 45 – the segment over the sensitive Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer zone, –but the board took no action on the most controversial segment of SH 45.
In either July or September – it’s still up for guess – the board will consider a route that, as Executive Director Joe Cantalupo suggested, is part of a TxDOT minute order. The four options presented on Monday night included: four lanes tolled or non-tolled, plus four lanes tolled as part of the overall system financing of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, plus two lanes non-tolled.
The road segment will exist in some form, be it either a product of the Texas Department of Transportation or Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
The total pool of stimulus package money for the CAMPO region is $29 million. Members of the board shifted more effort toward
“The board came together to support those projects that were in the best interest of the region,” Cantalupo said. “These projects are very solid.”
Of the projects approved on Monday night,
Additional outlying projects in Travis County included safety improvements along SH 71, plus sidewalks in the City of Manor; improvements at the intersection of SH 71 at Serene Hills in the City of Lakeway; and the Walk for a Day Trail for the Hill Country Conservancy.
CAMPO’s board also agreed to support the roadside assistance program through the region, but at a cost of $1.4 million. That’s a cut from the proposed $2 million.
Requests from the CAMPO board will go to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.
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