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TxDOT and the Mobility Authority continue their work to complete the Oak Hill Parkway’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS is the most detailed type of environmental document, typically taking an average of 3-5 years to complete. Currently in the fifth year of this study, the Oak Hill Parkway project team is taking measured steps and employing best practices to ensure all evaluations and studies are carefully and sensitively conducted. With that in mind, some of the technical studies are currently being revised to reflect additional input received from stakeholders and new information contained in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CAMPO) 2040 plan. As a result, the environmental workshop we had planned to host fall 2016 has been postponed. A new date for the workshop will be announced as we make progress on those technical studies and more data becomes available.
Public input has been a priority for the project team since we began the study in October 2012. The project team recognizes the importance of a project design that not only meets the mobility needs of the corridor, but is also reflective of community values. We’ve met with hundreds of stakeholders to date, and we’ve conducted six open houses, 13 workshops, and more than 60 stakeholder meetings. These discussions have prompted requests for design adjustments and additional studies. The project team has evaluated nine different design concepts and considered multiple suggestions for improvements to both Alternatives A and C, particularly at the US 290/William Cannon and US 290/SH 71 intersections. We have gathered a great deal of community input throughout the study period and have moved forward with a significant number of positive changes, as a result of this public feedback.
Now that the project alternatives have been narrowed down to two build options (Alternatives A and C), as well as the No Build alternative, we are assessing the potential environmental impacts of all three scenarios. Any additional modifications to the alternatives will be directed by technical reports and analyses. Once those reports are complete, a recommended alternative will be made available for public and agency review. Following the public hearing, the EIS will be submitted to TxDOT for an environmental decision.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to conduct the necessary work to ensure a thorough and complete environmental study takes place, and we will continue to inform you of our progress as we move forward.
TxDOT and the Mobility Authority remain committed to working closely with the community to identify the best possible solutions for addressing traffic congestion and increasing safety and mobility at the intersection of US 290 and SH 71 West through Oak Hill.
To date, we have held 6 open houses and 13 issue-specific workshops. Learn more about those past events, download materials and comment/response summaries, and more by visiting our Public Input page here.
Your input is very important to us, and has shaped many elements of the Oak Hill Parkway project since we launched the study in October 2012. Learn more about how your comments have impacted the project design here.
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