Public Comments

Oak Hill Parkway

You are shaping Oak Hill Parkway

We continue in our mission to engage and listen to you. Your participation in meetings, workshops and open houses has made significant improvements to the concepts / alternatives being proposed to improve mobility along US 290 and SH 71 through Oak Hill. Some of these improvements include:

  • Developing alternatives that address the traffic congestion in the corridor
  • Proposing a design that separates through-traffic from local traffic, providing both mobility and safety enhancements
  • Limiting proposed elevation at the US 290/SH 71 intersection to one level instead of two levels above existing ground
  • Building new facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians, including sidewalks, a trailhead at William Cannon Drive, and a shared use path along the entire corridor
  • Lowering the US 290 mainlanes underneath cross street overpasses at Circle Drive, Scenic Brook Road, RM 1826, and Convict Hill Road for Alternatives A and C, and at the US 290/SH 71 intersection for Alternative A
  • Looking to avoid or limit impacts to trees, especially the Grandmother Oak, Grandfather Oak, and the Niece Oaks in the vicinity of William Cannon Drive, and preserving the Beckett Grove Tree (formerly known as the Taco Bell Tree) 
  • Extending the improvements west of Circle Drive and reducing the proposed project’s footprint in that area
  • Minimizing impacts to Williamson Creek, including in areas where bridges would be placed over Williamson Creek 
  • Adding natural treatments at Williamson Creek instead of a concrete culvert to channelize the waters; in fact, we are removing a significant amount of existing concrete out of the creek by building new bridges
  • Realigning William Cannon Drive to avoid large trees
  • Potentially reducing flooding with upstream water detention ponds
  • Planning for best management practices like grassy swales, sedimentation/sand filtration basins, and bioretention ponds for water quality
  • Realigning the westbound US 290 exit to RM 1826 in order to improve access for students and teachers heading to Austin Community College
  • Improving access for businesses along SH 71 just north of US 290
  • Improving access to Old Bee Caves Road 
  • Maintaining current access of streets and neighborhoods to the frontage roads
  • Adding Texas Turnaround U-turns to provide local access without sitting through a traffic light
  • Adding transit bus pull out locations
  • Realigning the US 290 intersection with William Cannon Dr. to save trees

Community input has a meaningful impact on project design. We welcome your questions and comments about the Oak Hill Parkway. Please feel free to contact us online or request a meeting with your stakeholder group or organization.

WHAT ARE OFFICIAL COMMENTS?

Official comment(s) are part of the public involvement process for a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planned meeting or hearing. Official comment(s) regarding the Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are requested from the community in approximately an 18- to 45-day window. This usually extends up to 30 days prior to an official planned meeting / hearing under NEPA and the following 10 to 15 days after the meeting / hearing.

During an official comment(s) period, visit our Contact Us page and select the Official Comment(s) option. If that option is unavailable, we are not in an official comment(s) period.

WHAT HAPPENS TO OFFICIAL COMMENTS?

Official comment(s) are reviewed by the project team.  Changes to elements of the proposed project may be made in response to your comment(s). Official comments and responses along with any changes as a result of the comments will be documented and incorporated into the EIS for the project.

All comments submitted during an open house comment period and their responses will be published as part of the Comment and Response Summary Report, released to the public via the website in the months following the open house.

On the Public Input page, you can find every major open house and workshop we have held for the project since 2012. All Open House Comment and Response Summary Reports to date can be found for your review and downloaded there.

WHAT IF I SUBMIT SOMETHING OUTSIDE AN OFFICIAL COMMENT PERIOD?

All comments submitted outside of the official comment period will not be recorded as part of the formalized Comment and Response Summary Report but will become part of the official Administrative Record for the EIS and are also reviewed and considered by the study team.

It is critical to note that ideas and suggestions given to us outside an official comment period are still reviewed and considered. We welcome your comments and questions at any time during the environmental process.

Contact Us

P.O. Drawer 15426
Austin, TX 78761-5426