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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #375 on: May 31, 2022, 07:37:15 PM »

Also, this is Austin's first new controlled access facility without tolls in-- how long?
The recently-opened south extension of MoPac at Slaughter qualifies as a new freeway section. But before that, it was probably SH 71 near the airport. But you are correct, that Austin has been victim of toll road hegemony since the mid-2000s.

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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #376 on: June 01, 2022, 11:02:48 AM »

^ I donít think they are upgrading the road to a freewayÖ from what Iím seeing itís a couple of intersections being converted.

Eventually they will convert all of them

They are "supposed" to. 
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #377 on: August 22, 2022, 08:42:01 AM »

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/fm973-realignment.html

TxDOT held a public hearing on August 11 for their plan to shift FM 973 to a new 6 lane alignment outside of Manor. This will serve the traffic to be generated by the Tesla plant.

I can't imagine this is going to be good for the toll revenues on 130 or 290
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« Reply #378 on: August 23, 2022, 09:11:28 AM »

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/fm973-realignment.html

TxDOT held a public hearing on August 11 for their plan to shift FM 973 to a new 6 lane alignment outside of Manor. This will serve the traffic to be generated by the Tesla plant.

I can't imagine this is going to be good for the toll revenues on 130 or 290

This looks like it will tie into a series of long planned highways in and around Taylor. I live right off 130, itís starting to get consistently backed up during rush hour, so I donít think theyíll lose much traffic:

https://www.wilco.org/Portals/0/Departments/CountyEngineer/2021-09-29%20-%20LRTP_Arterials_v2.pdf?ver=2021-10-06-135408-783
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #379 on: August 26, 2022, 11:00:59 PM »


Here is Interstate Kyle taking a tour of Austin.


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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #380 on: September 07, 2022, 09:24:59 AM »

Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase:

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/final-section-of-sh-45-southwest-enters-engineering-and-design-phase/

Itís about time!!
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #381 on: September 07, 2022, 12:52:32 PM »

Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase:

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/final-section-of-sh-45-southwest-enters-engineering-and-design-phase/

Itís about time!!

Not quite the last section.
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #382 on: September 07, 2022, 04:10:56 PM »

Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase:

That's good news. But the article's word choice is not consistent with regular project progression. Title is "Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase". Usually a project goes into the engineering and design phase after the route alignment has been determined and environmental studies are complete. That seemed like good news, because environmental studies can take years.

But then the article says "Jones said they are in the design phase which is the part of the project where the route for the highway is mapped out."

So it appears that the alignment still needs to be determined, which means environmental clearance is still needed. I think this project is outside the Barton Creek watershed, which should make it easier to get clearance as compared to the adjacent section to the west. But it's still probably going to take 2-3 years to get the alignment and environmental clearance done.
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #383 on: September 08, 2022, 02:01:24 PM »

Quote from: ethanhopkin14
Not quite the last section.

After filling in the gap from FM-1626 to I-35 I think they should extend TX-45 farther West from its current SW dead end at FM-1826 over to US-290. That would do so much more to make TX-45 function as an effective bypass route around the South side of the Austin metro.

US-290 itself needs to be upgraded into a freeway farther West as well. The 3.5 mile freeway extension thru the Oak Hill area to Circle Drive will be helpful. But they really need (somehow) to get the freeway extended West past Dripping Springs and even as far as the US-281 corridor.
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #384 on: September 10, 2022, 11:20:37 AM »

Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase:

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/final-section-of-sh-45-southwest-enters-engineering-and-design-phase/

Itís about time!!

Not quite the last section.

True, but itís the last section that has a realistic chance of being built. I donít see them building the western ďringĒ along or parallel to FM620.
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« Reply #385 on: September 11, 2022, 06:48:29 PM »

TX-45 at best will be a half loop. There's no way further extensions will be able to made along/near FM-620. The only North-South corridor in the Western, high-priced reaches of Austin that has any chance of freeway upgrades is TX-360. Right now it's kind of a "parkway," but over time more intersections will likely be converted into freeway style exits. There is room to add frontage roads along much of TX-360 in order to cut off driveways and side streets from the main lanes of the highway.
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #386 on: September 28, 2022, 12:49:19 PM »

Quote from: ethanhopkin14
Not quite the last section.

After filling in the gap from FM-1626 to I-35 I think they should extend TX-45 farther West from its current SW dead end at FM-1826 over to US-290. That would do so much more to make TX-45 function as an effective bypass route around the South side of the Austin metro.




US-290 itself needs to be upgraded into a freeway farther West as well. The 3.5 mile freeway extension thru the Oak Hill area to Circle Drive will be helpful. But they really need (somehow) to get the freeway extended West past Dripping Springs and even as far as the US-281 corridor.

Hays County wants 45 completed but Travis County is fighting it.

I'd like to see 290 straightened from Dripping Springs past Johnson City and the freeway can drop in just west of Johnson City.  After that you wouldn't really need one.
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Re: Austin, TX
« Reply #387 on: October 01, 2022, 06:38:23 PM »

Final section of SH 45 Southwest enters engineering and design phase:

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/hays/final-section-of-sh-45-southwest-enters-engineering-and-design-phase/

Itís about time!!

Not quite the last section.

True, but itís the last section that has a realistic chance of being built. I donít see them building the western ďringĒ along or parallel to FM620.

Not really.  The main lanes need to be built between Mopac and FM 1826.
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