TxDOT presents preferred alternative for SH-45 SW—residents react

August 9, 2014

TxDOT has unveiled the preferred alternative for State Highway 45 Southwest, a proposed 3.6-mile roadway stretching from Mopac to FM 1626. If approved, the chosen alternative would consist of four 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot wide outside shoulder, a four-foot inside shoulder and a 10-foot shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Supporters and opponents of State Highway 45 Southwest shared thoughts on the roadway and the draft Environmental Impact Statement during an open house hosted by TxDOT and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority on July 29th.

Mark Jones, Hays County Commissioner for Precinct 2, said he’s eager to see the long awaited road constructed and he’s confident that the road will be built in accordance with Austin’s environmental standards.

“I think it’s a shame that it takes 26 years to build a road that the majority of the people that live in that area have wanted for so long,” Jones said. “This will be the most environmentally sound road in the state.”

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