Where: Westwood High School (cafeteria)
12400 Mellow Meadow Drive
Austin, TX 78750
When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Open House: 5 p.m.
Presentation and Hearing: 6 p.m.
   
Purpose: TxDOT invites you to a public hearing for the planned improvements to US 183 from SH 45N to Loop 1 (MoPac). Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information during the open house. A formal presentation and citizen comment period will begin at 6 p.m.

The Draft Environmental Assessment, maps and other drawings showing the proposed project location and design will be displayed at the hearing. In addition, these items will be available for public review online.

The environmental document will be available for public review and inspection Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for 30 days prior to, and 10 days after the public hearing at the following locations:

Mobility Authority
3300 N. I-35
Suite 300
Austin, TX 78705

TxDOT Austin District
7901 N. I-35
Austin, TX, 78753

Spicewood Springs Library
8637 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759

The public is invited to attend and provide comments. Written and verbal comments may be presented on or before Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Written comments may be mailed to:

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
c/o 183 North Mobility Project
3300 N. I-35, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78705

If you are unable to attend the hearing but would like to learn more about the project or submit a question or comment, please visit our virtual public hearing from Nov. 12 - 22, 2015.

Written comments may also be submitted by fax at (512) 996-9784 or by email.

Citizens with special communication, accommodation or interpreter needs are encouraged to call Abby Tomlinson at (512) 996-9778 at least two business days prior to the event. The Mobility Authority and TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs.

Visit 183 North Mobility Project for more information and to sign up for project updates.
   
Description: The proposed project would construct two variable-priced (tolled), 11-foot express lanes in each direction from SH 45N/RM 620 to MoPac for approximately 8.5 miles in the center median of US 183. A four-foot buffer would separate the express lanes from general purpose lanes. A concrete median barrier and four-foot shoulders would separate the north and southbound lanes. Transitions between the express lanes and existing roadways would extend along RM 620 for 0.9 mile west of US 183 and along MoPac for 3 miles south of US 183. The length of the proposed project, including transitions, is approximately 13 miles.

Direct connectors (flyovers) would provide access to and from the express and mainlanes at SH 45N/RM 620 and MoPac. Additional access would be provided along the mainlanes and at each end of the project. The project would also build an additional non-tolled mainlane where only three currently exist. A 1,300-foot extended lane would be added at the southbound Oak Knoll general purpose lane entrance ramp. A shared use path for bicyclists and pedestrians would be constructed from Jollyville Road to Pond Springs Road and from Pond Springs Road to Lake Creek Parkway. Gaps in existing sidewalks along the frontage roads would be filled throughout the project limits.

The Draft Environmental Assessment evaluated social, economic, and environmental impacts of the preferred alternative of express lanes, as well as the no-build alternative. The project is proposed, with the preferred alternative of express lanes. Although approximately eight acres of additional right of way is required, no residential or non-residential structures would be displaced. Information concerning services and benefits available to affected property owners and information about the tentative schedule for right-of-way acquisition may be obtained from:

TxDOT Austin District
7901 N. I-35
Austin, TX, 78753

Approximately 5.7 acres of the project would encroach on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100-year floodplain, therefore coordination with the local FEMA floodplain administrator would occur prior to construction. There are no jurisdictional wetland impacts related to this project as proposed. A potential impact to a water of the U.S. of less than 0.50 acres at Lake Creek would require coordination and a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed project also crosses a portion of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, therefore a Water Pollution Abatement Plan will be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality prior to any construction on the project.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
   
Downloads:
Contact: TxDOT Austin District
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, TX 78761-5426

(512) 832-7000
Email