Tag Archives: TxDOT

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…

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…

Monday, July 11, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TxDOT clarifies MoKan dos and MoKan don’ts

The Texas Department of Transportation has closed the door on running public transit without an accessory road project on a future travel corridor that runs between Interstate 35 and State Highway 130.On Thursday, a TxDOT spokesperson told the Austin Monitor…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

CAMPO approves long list of short-term projects

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) on Wednesday night approved a nearly $1 billion laundry list of transportation projects that are set to break ground over the next four years.The 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) contains a total of…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Watson’s I-35 plan: No need for a bond election

State Sen. Kirk Watson will reveal several ambitious proposals for infrastructure investments in Interstate 35 on Thursday, and none of them involve asking Austin voters for permission this November.Watson, former mayor of Austin, is set to deliver his suite of…

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, February 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Lone Star Rail hits major roadblock

A top official with the Lone Star Rail District, or LSTAR, said his agency will continue chugging along despite a serious setback that puts its fundamental mission in jeopardy.On Tuesday, Jerry Wilmoth, Union Pacific’s general manager of network infrastructure, sent…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears mixed legislative review

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told CTRMA board members at their most recent meeting that staff met a great deal with state representatives during the recent 84th legislative session – and they think…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Board says no to SH45 SW

Austin’s Environmental Board is giving City Council a clear message: The State Highway 45 Southwest road project should not move forward.At the board’s regular meeting Wednesday, members passed a motion declaring that they “(did) not support the building of SH45…

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin representative takes on transportation

As the only member of the Texas House Transportation Committee hailing from Austin, freshman Democratic Rep. Celia Israel has vowed to bring the region’s gridlock woes to the Capitol. She recently told the Austin Monitor about a few of the…

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

How you’re paying (and maybe paying again) for Austin’s roads

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

City says SH45 SW environmental study unsound

Austin’s Environmental Board is looking at its options after hearing from city staff that the approved environmental impact study, or EIS, for State Highway 45 Southwest is not based on sound science.The EIS was prepared by TxDOT and CTRMA, with assistance…

Monday, March 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

CAMPO says buses should skip highway traffic

Most highway drivers resist the urge to cruise alongside a traffic jam on the route’s shoulder — it is illegal, not to mention rude. Some buses in Texas, however, may soon get a pass to jump the line.The Capital Area…

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