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Get the latest on the MoPac South Environmental Study at a Nov. 10 Open House

WHAT: Open House
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 3 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Meeting Rooms 1 – 5, Level 2

Parking is complimentary in the Palmer Parking Garage adjacent to the facility with two entrances (from Barton Springs Road or Riverside Drive).

A Virtual Open House will be available on the project website at from Oct. 21 – Nov. 20, 2015.


Join the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation at our fourth Open House for the MoPac South Environmental Study to learn how community input is helping shape potential mobility improvements along MoPac from Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane. No formal presentation will be given, so please come and go at your convenience.

The study team responded to the community’s request for additional analysis of the proposed Express Lanes concept and will share information about several potential operational configuration options as well as several enhancements that were incorporated into the proposed project as a result of your input. A No Build – or Do Nothing – Alternative continues to be considered.

In addition, attendees will be able to review the results of a traffic operations analysis that was conducted to determine how the addition of Express Lanes might impact the downtown street network. We hope to see you on Nov. 10!


Between Wednesday, October 21 and Friday, November 20, 2015, a Virtual Open House will be available on the project website at Virtual Open House visitors can review exhibits, watch informational videos and submit comments and questions. All of the information presented at the in-person Open House will be available online through the Virtual Open House.


The upcoming Open House is an opportunity for you to continue to weigh in on the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) for MoPac South. So what’s CSS?

CSS is a collaborative approach to develop transportation facilities that fit within their surroundings. The goal is to preserve and enhance scenic, aesthetic, historic, community and environmental resources while improving safety and mobility. During our February 2015 Open House and Virtual Open House, the community provided input on:
•     Visual preferences for features like streetscape enhancements, public art and landscaping
•    What the CSS priorities for the project should be, including water quality enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle access and environmental sustainability
As the study progresses, we’ll be looking for community input on potential enhancements that could be made to Zilker Park as part of the MoPac South project. Over the last several months, the study team has identified several possible opportunities, including:
•     Implementing erosion abatement and prevention, and water quality enhancements to the parking lots on the north and south sides of Lady Bird Lake.
•    Incorporating a future bicycle and pedestrian trailhead on the southwest side of Lady Bird Lake. This could include widening the existing bicycle and pedestrian bridge under MoPac or building a second bridge to address the overcrowding that occurs during events and on weekends.
•    Where feasible, upgrading shared use path widths and sidewalks to meet ADA standards within the project right-of way.
•    Implementing rain gardens, vegetated filter strips, stormwater planters, and natural buffers in this area to improve environmental controls for water quality enhancement and stormwater runoff treatment.
•    Improving and/or repairing trail connections to adjacent trails (such as Johnson Creek, WAYA fields and Austin High School); and continue wayfinding systems along these trail connections within the project right-of-way.
These are just a few ideas, but we need your thoughts about other possibilities. You can share your input about enhancements to Zilker Park and throughout the project corridor during the upcoming Open House and Virtual Open House.


Please note, the official comment period for the Open House begins on Oct. 21, 2015 and will end on Nov. 20, 2015. All comments and questions submitted during the official comment period for the Open House will be recorded and responded to as part of the Summary Report for the meeting. All comments and questions submitted at any other time during the study will also be shared with and considered by the study team, and will become part of the official project file for the Environmental Study.

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