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South Austin residents push CAMPO to fund completion of SH 45 SW
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Kimberly Reeves
Discussion of the CAMPO 2035 plan at last night’s Transportation Policy Board hearing focused almost exclusively on State Highway 45 Southwest, with some
The lines were clearly drawn at last week’s
Baggett and fellow homeowners along
Environmentalists, who were in surprisingly small numbers last night, consider the SH 45 SW project unnecessary on a number of grounds echoed by Commissioner Karen Huber last week: The connection between FM 1626 and
No study has been completed that provides definitive proof that SH 45 SW is the answer to relief on
Dianne Wassenich of the San Marcos River Foundation was eloquent in her defense of the Barton Creek Watershed, noting the health of the
“The peculiar condition of this area is that it’s almost impossible for someone to develop there,” Wassenich said. “You cannot drill wells in the area, and unless the city wants to provide water, this area will not develop and there will not be a big road. We’ve allowed other roads to happen, even over the recharge zone, like the Wonderland extension, because we understand this compromise would allow us to protect the headwaters of the
As shocked as Wassenich was about the project, Hays County Commissioner Will Conley was apologetic for not having
Members of the Transportation Policy Board did not discuss the plan, although Huber thanked the speakers for their attendance. As to other comments, Mary Anderson was there to protest the tolling of roads. A provision of principle on the plan to use toll road revenues for system financing earned mixed, and less than definitive, reviews from attendees.
Rail critic Jim Skaggs was on hand to protest the shift in CAMPO 2035 plan funding toward transit, noting that transit numbers had gone down in recent years, but the financial commitment to transit projects continues to go up. Transit-related funding is 50 percent, up from 30 percent in the last plan.
“We may not be able to fund things that we have in the past, but we must be sustainable and cost effective with the money we have,” Skaggs said, noting that transit commuters were being subsidized at $30,000 per year. “That’s the epitome of the least cost-effective and unsustainable plan we could do. That is where this plan will take us, spending 50 percent on transit and not on improving our overall transportation.”
Travis County Commissioners have a hearing on SH 45 SW scheduled for this afternoon. A preliminary vote on the CAMPO 2035 plan is scheduled for the Transportation Policy Board meeting on May 24.
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