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Tag Archives: TxDOT

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

The idea to bury I-35 has risen from the dead

“Cut and cap” – the idea for burying Interstate 35 in the downtown corridor and paving over that chasm to create green spaces or mixed-use development – is no longer in the rearview mirror.Congress for the New Urbanism, a nonprofit…

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council: TxDOT should pay for underpass cleanup

Several members of the Austin City Council expressed anger at the Texas Department of Transportation after learning at Tuesday’s work session that the city would have to pick up the cost of cleaning up the state’s property at city underpasses.…

Friday, March 15, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Austin taking over underpass cleanup from TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation, which has been cleaning under the city’s highway overpasses for many years and cleaning up homeless camps for about three years, has notified the city of Austin that it can no longer provide those services.TxDOT…

Friday, February 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City reluctantly fulfills legal obligation for Oak Hill Parkway

When the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Oak Hill Parkway Project on Jan. 14, Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s only regret was the loss of a good opportunity to use tolls to cover maintenance costs. Austin City Council members…

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Study addresses mobility needs along I-35 corridor

The Texas Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on its Capital-Alamo Connections Study, a collaborative effort between TxDOT, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization that began in 2017.By analyzing inter-regional travel…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Oak Hill Parkway project approved for construction

The Oak Hill Parkway project was added to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program by unanimous vote at the Transportation Policy Board meeting Monday evening. The decision places the 12-lane elevated highway at the congested intersection…

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

State officials steamroll toll lanes out of I-35 plans

The Texas Transportation Commission drove the Capital Express into a bar ditch on Thursday morning.Despite a full-court, bipartisan press from local political and business leaders, the commission voted unanimously to strip from the Texas Department of Transportation’s 10-year construction program…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Research hopes to fill in the gaps for bicycle and pedestrian data

Traffic is terrible.City and state officials are really good at counting cars to see how terrible traffic is and how it got that way, but that sort of data-collection infrastructure doesn’t exist for bike and pedestrian data. New research hopes…

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Environmental concerns delay city action on upcoming MoPac project

Several City Council members want more information about the planned expansion of MoPac Expressway before they sign off on a key funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.Council voted 9-2 at its Nov. 9 meeting to postpone an amendment…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro no longer counting on ambitious I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation’s big new plans for Interstate 35 through Austin may be the end of the road for the local transit agency’s hopes for bus rapid transit on the highway.“We don’t know for sure at this point,…

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson presents a new plan for I-35

State Sen. Kirk Watson unveiled a radical vision for the future of Central Austin on Monday: No more dual decks on Interstate 35.Watson’s speech before the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce marked the debut of a new plan concocted by…

Friday, August 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT document reveals limp projections for I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation has projected less than stellar ridership numbers for a proposed enhanced bus line on I-35, but a top Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority official says he isn’t losing any sleep over it.On Wednesday, Capital Metro Vice…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Mayor sees collective effort in revitalizing east downtown

Just before the new year, Mayor Steve Adler wrote a lengthy post on the City Council Message Board, titled: “Possible solution to downtown puzzle.”He later said it wasn’t so much a puzzle, but that there were a lot of pieces…

Monday, January 9, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Regarding Twitter

Vela to Dukes: Time to go… Embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (Austin) has reneged on her promise to step down from her seat, leaving in limbo those who were hoping to replace her and actively campaigning to do so. One of…

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…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT considers expanding Loop 360

Faced with increasing congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation is narrowing its options for the potential transformation of Loop 360.The agency published on Friday a 50-page study of the highway. It envisions nine separate scenarios that range from doing nothing…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Capacity, regional cooperation take center stage at transportation forum

Standing beside four other representatives from local and regional governments on Tuesday, Mike Heiligenstein of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority declared that Central Texas has to build its way out of congestion.“We cannot solve our problem without adding capacity…

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Environmentalists win one round of SH 45 SW suit

Federal Judge Lee Yeakel has rejected arguments from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority that would have ended a lawsuit against the two transportation agencies. The suit was filed by various environmental organizations and…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

$720 million mobility bond could feature hidden costs

The price tag of Austin’s second-largest transportation bond proposal ever has been pegged at $720 million, but extra costs could pile as high as $20 million if voters approve the package in November.The central piece of the plan calls for…

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…

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