Past Public Involvement

You Shaped Oak Hill Parkway

Public outreach during the environmental study phase included:

  • 1 public hearing
  • 6 open houses
  • 7 virtual open houses
  • Over 1,100 official comments received
  • 14 issue specific workshops
  • Over 80 stakeholder meetings

Your participation made significant improvements to the proposed project along US 290 and SH 71 through Oak Hill. Some of these improvements include:

  • Building a design that addresses the traffic congestion in the corridor
  • Building 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 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, and at the US 290/SH 71 intersection
  • Looking to avoid or limit impacts to trees, especially the Grandmother Oak, Grandfather Oak and the Nieces 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
  • Reducing flooding with an upstream water detention pond
  • Planning for water quality best management practices like grassy swales, sedimentation/sand filtration basins and bioretention ponds
  • Improving access for businesses along SH 71 just north of US 290
  • Improving safety at US 290 and Old Bee Caves Road
  • Maintaining similar 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 stop locations

Community input had a meaningful impact on project design. We’d like to thank the community for your participation throughout the process. Together, we’ve identified a solution that not only addresses traffic congestion, but honors the heritage and community of Oak Hill. We look forward to continuing the dialogue through the construction phase of the project.

Oak Hill Parkway Past Public Events

The following is documentation of public outreach during the environmental study.

The project team met with stakeholders regarding the traffic data recorded and modeled for the proposed Oak Hill Parkway project.
Date: July 25, 2017, 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Mobility Authority Offices, 3300 North I-35, Suite 300, Austin, Texas
The project team welcomed the community to join us at a Project Update Workshop. At this come and go event, over 90 attendees received the latest information regarding the environmental study, the proposed project designs, and what’s next for the Oak Hill Parkway.
Date: May 23, 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
The project team welcomed the community to join us at an Environmental Workshop to explore the science behind the Oak Hill Parkway environmental study. The goal of this community workshop was to update the community on the research that has informed the project over the last eight months. Attendees heard about the biology, history, archeology, geology and other work that is being conducted. This data will help determine a possible preferred alternative to move forward. Then, through an interactive aesthetics priority exercise, we asked for community priorities regarding aesthetics, landscaping, tree plantings, tree relocation and other elements.
Date: June 23, 2016, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
The project team answered questions at the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) Board Meeting.
Date: June 8, 2016, 7 pm
Location: ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
The project team hosted an Oak Hill Parkway information booth at the Founders Day Festival in downtown Dripping Springs, TX, and at the Lake Travis SpringFest in Bee Cave, TX.
Date: April 23 and 24, 2016
Location: Dripping Springs and Bee Cave, Texas
The project team gave a presentation at the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) Board Meeting and answered questions of the attending public.
Date: April 13, 2016, 7 pm
Location: ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas

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The project team held the sixth open house for the Oak Hill Parkway project. Over 155 members of the public attended to learn more about and provide comments on: an updated look at the design of Alternatives A and C, including artistic renderings of key intersections; the draft matrix for this third phase of evaluation; an update on designs and ideas for Context Sensitive Solutions including bicycle / pedestrian improvements and intersection aesthetics; and information provided at the recent Water Quality Workshop including off-site water detention.
Date: Oct. 29, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
Location: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, Texas
A Water Quality Workshop was held in order to share what the project team knows about water issues in the corridor, including Williamson Creek, flooding concerns and run off. Attendees helped us identify any additional issues or concerns as well as their priorities for the team regarding both water quality and water quantity. Over 40 members of the public attended.
Date: Aug. 25, 2015, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Workshop #2 meeting, the team presented the results of last October’s CSS community survey as well as how we are moving forward with those comments and community priorities. The display boards for discussion included: our draft CSS Vision Statement, maps featuring proposed multimodal connections for cyclists and pedestrians in Oak Hill, ideas of ways we could revitalize Williamson Creek; potential locations of CSS design concepts within the corridor; and artist sketches of potential retaining wall designs. Through a series of sticker dot exercises and a community survey, the public were able to inform us if we were on the right track and identify anything that was missing. Over 40 members of the public attended.
Date: April 7, 2015, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
A Bicycle and Pedestrian Workshop was held to inform and seek feedback on the Mobility Authority’s current and proposed investment in bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Team members from the four projects currently under study – 183 North Mobility Project, MoPac South, MoPac Intersections and the Oak Hill Parkway Project were on hand to explain the proposed improvements and record input. The event was attended by 17 individuals from 6 different organizations representing the bicycle and pedestrian community.
Date: Feb. 17, 2015, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Mobility Authority, 3300 N IH-35, Suite 300, Austin, Texas
At the Open House, the public was asked to review and comment on the revised alternatives to improve mobility and safety; and discuss the collaborative approach to transportation design and engineering, known as Context Sensitive Solutions. Approximately 105 members of the public attended.
Date: Jan. 20, 2015, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
Location: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, Texas
At the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Workshop #1 meeting, members of the Oak Hill Parkway project team met with members of the public to introduce the CSS planning approach and to gain a better understanding of the Oak Hill community's priorities in relation to the CSS process.
Date: Oct. 9, 2014, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the stakeholder workgroup meeting, members of the Oak Hill Parkway project team met with various stakeholder representatives from the Fix290 group, area neighborhood associations and City of Austin District 8 Council Member candidates to share information on the status of the Interim Improvements, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, mobility concept evaluation criteria and process, and next steps. The project team also solicited feedback from stakeholders on important issues to them related to project development.
Date: Aug. 26, 2014, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Children's Bldg. Auditorium, 7815 Hwy. 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Open House, the public was asked to review and provide comments on the remaining and revised mobility concepts, as well as the evaluation criteria and process. Information on the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process, a collaborative approach to transportation facility design and engineering, was also shared with the public.
Date: June 17, 2014, 4 pm - 7 pm
Location: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, Texas
At the Finance Workshop, information was shared with the community about transportation funding options, the state of transportation funding, tolling, and state and local tolling policies. The public was also asked to provide input on the Oak Hill Parkway project.
Date: Mar. 22, 2014, 9 am - 12 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 Hwy. 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Open House, the public was able to review and provide input on the preliminary mobility concepts that had been developed and the criteria that would be used to evaluate the concepts going forward. Concept F, Transportation System Management and Transportation Demand Management concepts were introduced, along with Option 2.
Date: Oct. 22, 2013, 5 pm - 8 pm
Location: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, Texas
At the Evaluation Workgroup Meeting, attendees previewed new concepts that would be shared at the next open house on October 22nd. The new concepts included Transportation System Management, Transportation Demand Management and Concept F. Approximately 62 members of the general public attended.
Date: Sept. 30, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Covington Middle School, 3700 Convict Hill Road, Austin, Texas
At the Open House, attendees were asked to comment on eight concepts and one option, including concepts A, B, C, D, E-1, E-2, 2007 Alternative, No Build Alternative and Option 1 for the west end transition.
Date: May 23, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin, Texas
At the preview meeting, attendees were able preview general mobility concepts for the project based on open house and workshop feedback.
Date: May 16, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7815 U.S. 290, Austin, Texas
At the Bike and Pedestrian Workgroup Meeting, attendees were encouraged to provide suggestions, identify issues or concerns, and share information on the bike/pedestrian plans for the Oak Hill corridor. The discussion included parts of the City of Austin plan, the Oak Hill Neighborhood Plan and the Oak Hill Trails plan.
Date: Mar. 19, 2013, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: ACC Pinnacle Campus, 748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Design Workgroup Meeting, attendees were encouraged to provide ideas and concepts that meet the proposed purpose and need of the project and gather initial reaction to general alternative concepts.
Date: Feb. 19, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Environmental Workgroup Meeting, attendees were given general information on the Oak Hill Parkway and encouraged to share their concerns regarding water quality, flood plains, trees and vegetation, historical, cultural and other environmental issues.
Date: Jan. 31, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas
At the Open House, attendees were asked to identify areas of improvement that were important to them on maps of the project area.
Date: Nov. 15, 2012, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin, Texas
At the Oak Hill Envisioning Mobility Workshop meeting, members of the Oak Hill Parkway project team met with members of the public to gain a better understanding of the Oak Hill community's values, and vision for future development and mobility.
Date: Aug. 29, 2012, 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Location: Austin Community College, Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 West, Austin, Texas

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