Tag Archives: Save Our Springs Alliance (SOS)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Jo Clifton

SOS, Save Oak Hill sue TxDOT, other agencies

Two different lawsuits were filed Monday seeking to change the Texas Department of Transportation’s plans for the Oak Hill Parkway. One suit emphasizes protection of endangered species; the second seeks to change the design of the parkway, not only for…

Friday, July 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Most groups, Dripping Springs reach settlement

More than two and a half years after the city of Dripping Springs filed a request for a wastewater discharge permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that alarmed environmentalists and nearby landowners about potential damage to Onion Creek,…

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Seeking $100M, springs supporters target convention center expansion proposal

Fine arts and natural resources advocates are stepping up their involvement with a city task force that will play a large role in shaping how the city allocates the fast-growing pool of revenue from Hotel Occupancy Tax, which totaled about…

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO gives boost to regional park-and-ride plan

A beleaguered plan to build a pack of new park-and-rides across the Austin metropolitan area finally caught a break on Monday evening.The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted overwhelmingly to formally approve an agreement with the Central Texas Regional Mobility…

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Construction set to start on SH 45 SW

A drawn-out, polarizing political battle that has kept anxious observers on the edges of their seats could be effectively settled for good on Tuesday.The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority announced on Monday that crews could begin construction on the controversial…

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

SOS loses bid for MoPac injunction

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the beginning of construction on State Highway 45 Southwest. The judge ruled that the Save Our Springs Alliance and other plaintiffs in the…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Jo Clifton

TxDOT can’t participate in Balcones permit program

An official with the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan has informed the Texas Department of Transportation that the department is not allowed to participate in the BCCP permit in conjunction with its work on State Highway 45 Southwest.Carlos Swonke, director of…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

MoPac construction causing environmental anxiety

Construction has not yet begun, but already the Save Our Springs Alliance, the Save Barton Creek Association and the citizens who filed suit against the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority over the expansion and…

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA goes shopping for partner to build SH 45 SW

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority on Tuesday took another major step toward the construction of a highly controversial road project in southwestern Travis County.With a vote of 6-0, its board of directors directed CTRMA staff to start shopping for…

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Two environmental groups plan to sue TxDOT

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Save Our Springs Alliance have notified the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that they intend to file suit against the agencies for approving the so-called MoPac Intersections project without…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin mourns environmentalist Mary Gay Maxwell

Members of Austin’s environmental community were in mourning Thursday after learning of the death of Environmental Commission Chair Mary Gay Maxwell. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera, Maxwell died Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a head-on…

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County courts controversy with CTRMA appointment

Sparks flew at Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday over the reappointment of Charles Heimsath to serve on the board that supervises regional toll road projects.The 3-2 decision poured cold water on a late-hour effort that bubbled up last week…

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Save Our Springs sues toll road agency again

The Save Our Springs Alliance filed suit on Tuesday against the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, seeking information that the agency has refused to release concerning a traffic and revenue study on the proposed MoPac South toll lanes. According to…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Aquifer district ends six-year dispute with Kyle

Board members with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District wrapped up a six-year dispute with the City of Kyle on Thursday night at their regular meeting, pending a few issues.“This means we can move on,” said John Dupnik, general manager with…

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

County Commissioners maintain toll appointment

An ordinary appointment to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board of Directors during Monday’s Travis County Commissioner Court meeting turned into a debate over transparency and the economic burden of toll roads.Commissioners voted 4-0, with one abstention, to reappoint…

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Conservation District delays vote on SH45 SW agreement

Representatives of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District voted to put off a decision on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that is intended to provide greater environmental protection for the construction of State Highway 45 Southwest.District residents,…

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Supporters jam hearing on SH45 SW environmental impact statement

Supporters of the State Highway 45 Southwest toll road project showed up in the of hundreds Tuesday night at a Texas Department of Transportation public hearing on the project’s draft environmental impact statement.While vocal opponents of the project – including…

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Critics say taxpayers, not drivers will have to pay for SH45 SW

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority says a preliminary Traffic and Revenue Forecast for the planned State Highway 45 Southwest it released recently will stand as the final report, showing that the road project is financially feasible. But critics of…

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Vested Rights Ordinance jumps final hurdle on way to Council vote

After several months delay, the latest version of the Vested Rights Ordinance is headed back to City Council.   Members of the Planning Commission expressed reservations from the dais Tuesday about what effect it might or might not have on…

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

SH45 SW opponents say roadway would cause damage to aquifer

State officials expect to have an environmental impact study of the proposed four-lane State Highway 45 Southwest ready for public review within the next two months. Challengers of the toll road plan say it would expose the Barton Springs zone…

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