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I would like the City of Austin to purchase land and build a road that connects Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

Link to drawing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ehi3etkeev7b42r/SW_num4.jpeg?dl=0

What I propose: - A new road extending from Southwest Parkway, directly east of Mission Oaks Blvd, joining up with Industrial Oaks Blvd at Hwy 290W service road that has an existing traffic light. - Put a street light in at Mission Oaks Blvd and Southwest Parkway. - Remove street light at Boston Lane and SW Pkwy and fill in median.

What this will achieve: - Makes a true connector from SW Pkwy to Loop 1 and Hwy 290 and visa - versa. - Eliminates the backup of SW Pkwy at the Best Buy interchange to Loop 1 and Hwy 290. - Relieves the existing congested traffic from Boston Lane in both directions. - Removes the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway. - Allows residence of Travis Country to be able to leave on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields. - Discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.

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Austin Mobility, COA- Transportation admin about 1 year ago

Hi Fred, we have placed a 311 request of your idea so that our traffic engineers can take a look at your proposal. The tracking number is 16-00030388. Thank you for your idea!

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Fred Abounader about 1 year ago

I hope this 311 request becomes a 911 because it is getting dangerous at times with Boston Lane traffic backed up into both SW Parkway on one end and Highway 290 access road on the other end.

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Fred Abounader 9 months ago

Tecoma apartments (William Cannon extension north side of SW Pkwy) are leasing and adding even more traffic to this bad situation. Another set of apartments on SW Pkwy between Vega and Rialto are starting to lease next week (July 2016) with another 1000+ residents dumping into this same bad situation.

Traffic is now backed up regularly 1/4 to 1/2 mile before Boston Lane in the east bound SW Pkwy lane .

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Pam Bixby 9 months ago

Once the Stratus development is completed north of William Cannon and SW Parkway, we won't be able to get out of the neighborhood. Anything that can be done to alleviate traffic on SWParkway is a good idea.

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Barbara Roeling 9 months ago

Glad someone has looked into this. Any other cut-through streets available?

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Jeff Van Horn 9 months ago

The bottleneck at SW Pkwy and northbound Mopac most weekdays is horrendous (without any other obvious solutions). I've wished for this cut through as well so that people can get easier access to eastbound 71 and the northbound Mopac ramp if needed.

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Cherie Collister 9 months ago

This is such a great idea. Not only is it good for traffic issues, but also for emergency access into and out of our neighborhood. Fred, you are a genius!!

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Kelly Tagle 9 months ago

My husband and I have been wondering about this for years. Thank you for bringing forth a viable solution!

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Michelle Kinkade 9 months ago

Great idea Fred! This is a simple solution that can help alleviate the traffic on SW Pkwy. Access to Mopac and 290/71 from our neighborhood is getting difficult. Boston Lane is handling more traffic than it should be, getting across 290 access to turn onto Boston Lane (from westbound 290) can be difficult/hazardous.

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Paul Miranda 9 months ago

I love this idea. It would require the purchase of under 2 acres for the right of way.

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Conrad Cohen 9 months ago

This is a great idea. It is dangerous to cross over 2 lanes in only one-tenth of a mile when you exit Hwy 290 W to make a right at Boston. This way you will have six-tenth of a mile to safely cross over 2 lanes to make a right at Industrial Oaks.

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Fred Abounader 9 months ago

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO? CONTACT DISTRICT 8 Rep with steps below:

  1. Go to this link: http://www.austintexas.gov/email/district8
  2. Fill out your name and address: 3.Cut and paste this for Subject: "SW Parkway to Highway 290 and Loop 1 North Traffic Remedy Proposal"
  3. Cut and paste this in Message:

Need action on the following speakupAustin! link: http://speakupaustin.org/ideas/connect-mission-blvd-to-industrial-oaks-on-sw-parkway-to-make-a-sw-parkway-and-hwy-290-slash-us-1-connector

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Tammie Lanier 9 months ago

Great idea. I hope they move on this sooner than later!

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Coapublic Information admin 9 months ago

Later this year the Austin Transportation Department will kick off the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP). The ASMP will be the plan that guides transportation development in Austin for the next 10+ years (think of it as the transportation-specific Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan). During this effort, ATD will evaluate several locations for potential enhancements to connectivity, and prioritize those locations that are determined to be of value to the community in terms of safety and mobility.

The connection between Mission Blvd. to Industrial Oaks on Southwest Parkway is one of several potential connections that we will evaluate. Our community’s needs are great and this process will allow the City and community to meaningfully prioritize investment and mobility improvements for future funding opportunities.

The community will be significantly involved in the ASMP process – make sure you follow AustinTexas.gov/Transportation for updates on how you can participate and where we are in the process.

  • ATD Transportation Systems Development Division & PIO Team
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Alison Gallaway 9 months ago

Austin needs lots more connecting streets. The neighborhood objections to through traffic has resulted in massive gridlock for everyone, which will not keep people from moving here - one of the goals of lack of connectivity. This suggestion makes a lot of sense.

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Casey Giles 9 months ago

id' love for this to happen. it solves 100 problems at once. but good luck getting it approved in the Barton Springs Zone.

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Paul Miranda 9 months ago

It is in the recharge zone, just like the entire South Mopac corridor, and it would require a small bridge across Gaines Creek, but I don't think those are insurmountable obstacles.

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Erin Waddington 6 months ago

And it doesn't impact any residential to implement. I'm sure the businesses would love the additional access. Great idea.

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Sonya Kaleel 6 months ago

Support this completely for all the reasons listed above.

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Skip Smith 6 months ago

With the increased traffic on SW PKWY this idea is brilliant. The traffic on Boston Lane is unsupportable. The back up both ways at commute time nearly fills the entire length: dangerous! Please consider this important idea.

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Suzanne Whatley 6 months ago

Please do this project sooner than later. Southwest Pkwy is being developed at a fast clip and won't be recognizable in 5 years. We need this better route to and from the Pkwy. Boston Lane is dangerous from Hwy 290 (you must cross three lanes of traffic in a short distance), there are many curves, it's narrow with no shoulders, and there's no light on Hwy 290 so the amount of idling that occurs is big. Please put this up for discussion, get the environmental impact studies done, and help ease traffic congestion.

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Coapublic Information admin 6 months ago

The City of Austin is excited to see the community rallying behind this connection. This connection (and many others) are going to be studied as part of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (http://austintexas.gov/department/austin-strategic-mobility-plan) to determine our needs and priorities going forward. We just hired our consultant to begin work on the ASMP, and are coordinating internally and with our transportation partners to do a formal kick off with the community in the next few months. The study should last about 18 months and there will be many opportunities for public input. Community members can begin to look out for opportunities to get involved in early 2017, but in the meantime, can visit the ASMP website (http://austintexas.gov/department/austin-strategic-mobility-plan) to sign up to receive email alerts about the ASMP initiative. As mentioned before, this connection is one of many that is on our radar as a connection that could benefit the community in terms of mobility and safety; the challenge for us as a community is prioritizing which connections are most warranted, and that is where community input will really come into play.

Please stay tuned for updates on the ASMP and visit the website for more information.

  • Austin Transportation Department PIO Team
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Fred Abounader 5 months ago

I see there is a developer sign on the gate to the property on SW parkway. If this land gets developed without a plan to make use this land as a connector for SW parkway to US 290 / Loop 1 North that would be terrible. Does the City of Austin know of any permits or plans submitted for development of this property?

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Josh Pruitt 3 months ago

Love this plan!

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David Jones 3 months ago

As someone who works in this area and travels these roads during peak times, this 1200 foot extension needs to happen. More development is planed for Southwest Parkway and the time to be proactive on the traffic situation is fading and its becoming a reactive solution. I understand that the area where the extension would be is environmentally sensitive, but if SH45 SW can be built, I don't see why some of the same environmental practices can be used here. If I had to change one thing to this plan, I would realign Boston Lane to create and 4 way intersection with Republic of Texas Blvd, or a cheaper option would be to dead end the road. Too many cars exit off of SH 71 and cross 2 lanes of traffic to make a right on to Boston Lane. It's unsafe and needs to be fixed. I've emailed the District 8 link above. I wish I could do more. Austin needs more conductivity and less half built roads.

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Fred Abounader 3 months ago

Yes this does need to happen now because both new building (apartments on both sides of SW Pkwy; Yeti HQ soon, HEB in Tacoma in the future) and that land may not be available in a few months!

Problem with realigning Boston Lane (through the existing 2 at the turn) to the ROT Blvd is you don't get all the benefits of proposed plan.

  • Doesn't remove the danger that exists when exiting Industrial/Monterrey Oaks Blvd exit from Hwy 290W (while heading west) and crossing over to Boston Lane to get to Southwest Parkway.
    • Doesn't allow residence of Travis Country to actually be able to leave their neighborhood on foot or bike with access via Industrial Oaks Blvd / Monterrey Oaks Blvd to shopping, schools (Patton Elem and Small Middle), and Westcreek Fields.
  • Only partially discourages heavy traffic through private parking lots (like Parkwood Complex)connecting Southwest Parkway and US Hwy 290W.
  • Doesn't make a connector from SW Pkwy to MOPAC North or Hwy 290 East but everyone would need to make the U-turn still after heading south on Hwy 290 W access road.
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David Jones 3 months ago

Would all those problem exist if Boston lane was realigned and Industrial Oaks extend? Sorry if my email was confusing but I would only want the realignment to happen if the extension happen first.

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Fred Abounader 2 months ago

David, realigning Boston Lane to ROT:

  1. Probably will cost almost as much as land as the connector from Mission.
  2. Will still be a dangerous connection from Hwy 290 ramp / access road to Boston Lane and too much additional traffic dumping into Hwy 290 access coming from ROT.
  3. No access to Loop 1 north or Hwy 290 north.

I believe making Mission Oaks connect through Industrial to Hwy 290 access, providing both north and south ramp access, and putting Boston Lane back to a 2 lane connector with right hand turn only onto SW Pkwy (build back median across SW Pkwy and remove light), is the more optimal solution.

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Fred Abounader 2 months ago

Can the moderator of this forum tell me how I can find out information about the "tracking number 16-00030388" that was open on this idea 1 year ago?

Austin Mobility, COA- Transportation admin 12 months ago Hi Fred, we have placed a 311 request of your idea so that our traffic engineers can take a look at your proposal. The tracking number is 16-00030388. Thank you for your idea!

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Fred Abounader about 1 month ago

Meeting Announcement: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=da7c8480d321984a479109412&id=cdafe6b822&e=2bebd6d746

Sat, March 4th 8:30 - 1:00 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Please go to this meeting and voice support for this connector. Land may not be available in the future for this to be a possibility.

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Fred Abounader 28 days ago

I have a conflict for this Sat, March 4th 8:30 - 1:00 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum meeting: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=da7c8480d321984a479109412&id=cdafe6b822&e=2bebd6d746

I will try and make it late. However, if you go then please print out the drawing from link nelow and take with you. https://www.dropbox.com/s/ii9kc7mlc3wzxdn/SW_num4.jpg?dl=0

Print out and pass them out.

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Fred Abounader 25 days ago

I went Sat to Bob Bullock for 2+ hours. It was mostly a whole lot of different stations with posters explaining how they planned to implement mobility solutions (cap metro, sidewalks, urban trails project, future light rail) and a little on road infrastructure. No chance (unless it was after 12:15 when I left) to push this idea. I did fill out as many forms and posted on all the billboards this idea, but don't believe it will get very far (may it will).

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Suzanne Whatley 24 days ago

Thank you Fred for attending and making an effort to get this proposal attention.

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HABSI ASSIDI 23 days ago

Would all those problem exist if Boston lane was realigned and Industrial Oaks extend? Sorry if my email was confusing but I would only want the realignment to happen if the extension happen first https://goo.gl/Vh54A6 https://goo.gl/oKmgpY

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