October 03, 2007

Tolls : What CAMPO should fix...

Talking with Sister Ruth and The Mayor Saturday it became clear that there are a few choke points on Austin roads that, if fixed, would make life in Central Texas much better. It also brings to mind a conversation I had with Rep. Eddie Rodriguez about the upcoming vote on October 8th. What do you fix? What projects make the most sense? How do you best spend the money we have NOW?

Here are some ideas. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

1) Widen or deck MOPAC from 35th St to the 290 interchange
2) Go with Fix 290's plan for the Y at Oak Hill
3) Flyway from 183 to northbound 35
4) Flyway from 290 to southbound 35
5) Widen the ramp from MOPAC to eastbound 360
6) Widen access from eastbound 360 to southbound MOPAC and build a flyway to northbound MOPAC

Obviously, 1 and 6 are the most expensive and could potentially be budget busters. It would also be nice to complete 183 out to the airport. However, on a DAILY basis, these are the most frustrating parts of our infrastructure. You'll notice I left off 35. That was simple... the only way you're going to fix it is to pull traffic off it and the only way you'll do that is to kill the tolls on the 130. Any other solution is too expensive and utterly stupid.

Sal has more on almost one billion we have to spend... and the games TXDoT is playing with it. While we're talking about TXDoT and more specifically our wonderful District Engineer, one question still remains... what about the missing DC's at 45 and 35 in Round Rock? If the flyways were budgeted but the holdup is the environmental clearance, when will that be done?

Has ANYONE audited the 45/1 tollway? Where DID all that money disappear?

Posted by mcblogger at October 3, 2007 03:30 PM

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