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Concept options narrow for Oak Hill Parkway Project

July 1, 2014

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and TxDOT presented to the public the two remaining Oak Hill Parkway concepts selected to advance to the next round of evaluation—leaving out the Concept F “parkway” option favored by the Fix 290 group.

The Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study is an effort by the TxDOT and the Mobility Authority to improve mobility throughout Oak Hill. A June 17 open house at Covington Middle School featured maps of the latest options and sought feedback from community members attending.

Concept A, which includes depressed U.S. 290 mainlanes under SH-71, and Concept C, which includes U.S. 290 mainlanes north of the creek with direct connector ramps, were selected by a team of engineers out of a total of eight mobility concepts. The “no-build” option, which relies solely on the continuous flow intersections currently being installed and no additional construction, will also advance to the next level of evaluation.

Rick L’Amie, manager of communications for the Mobility Authority, said each concept was measured on the same standards, such as operational efficiency, reduced travel time, multimodal travel options, reduced crashes and emergency vehicle access.

“After we received input from the community based on the original eight concepts, we took that feedback and measured it against the overall project purpose and need,” L’Amie said. “The questions are asked: Will this particular concept meet this purpose and need?”

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