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Betsy
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51st St. Vision update
by Betsy on November 17th, 2011

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Betsy
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 29 Feb 2012
by Betsy on February 29th, 2012

Mueller Transportation Committee
Meeting notes - Feb. 29, 2012

Development update (Carl Paulson)
- Berkman extension (1/2 width)
--- Simond to Robert Browning by June for Section VI homes.
--- Robert Browning to Philomena should be completed by December
- Contract has been awarded for the infrastructure at the Market District including Berkman from Philomena to 51st. Work should be completed by October 2012.
- Design work has started on the next residential phases - north of Section VI and also east of Berkman.
- IH-35/51st St design - prelim design now. City doesn’t expect construction for 2-3 years. Studies underway. Roundabout being considered at 51st St. intersection with the southbound frontage road.
- Striping on IH-35 northbound frontage road into Mueller retail area needs improvement.
- Barbara Jordan issues near Home Depot. Medians were extended with paint but still having crashes with driveway. Next City will install candlesticks to better define the intersection space. (Should occur in next month or so.) If crashes are still problematic after 6-month review, permanent changes may be made prohibit the movement across Barbara Jordan between the shopping centers on each side.

51st St. (Rick K)
- Command Center (CTEC) - discussion about need to reduce speed limit on 51st. Road diet planned for 51st east of Berkman - possibly next year when the road is resurfaced. Hopefully that will result in speed reduction.
- Construction planned on CTEC entrance to replace the bridge
Speed limit on 51st at Berkman is now 40mph. City asked whether they could reduce speed to 35mph. After 51st Vision is built, speeds should slow due to the design and then it could be restudied and speeds lowered based on the 85% speeds.
- 51st & Berkman - City would like to build roundabout. Catellus’ current plan has a signalized intersection but Catellus is now working with City to look at a roundabout option. That decision may not be made before the market district infrastructure is started. City recognizes that a lot of coordination would be needed to convince stakeholders that pedestrian crossings of 51st would be safe at a multilane roundabout.
- Status of 51st St Vision - Jim Adams will likely present at next Transportation Committee meeting (May 30). Jessica will post link to info on muelleraustinonline.com. Bond development task force has been briefed on the vision.

Local Area Traffic Management Program (Renee Orr)
- Speeding mitigation only
- Cut-through mitigation may be added next year
- Requestor must live on the street
- Not intended for major arterials
- Speed & volume counts will be taken - if speeds >3mph over speed limit, then street qualifies and will be included in ranking of requests. Ranking considers crash data, frequency of speakers, presence of sidewalks, whether street is bike route, neighborhood support for proposed solutions, etc. Will fund requests until money runs out. Old unfunded requests automatically re-considered each 6 months as new funds are allocated, until request expires after two years.
- Submittals received from Mueller for Berkman, Antone and Zach Scott. Catellus thinks the other 1/2 of Berkman may be completed in 2 years.
- Results of speed studies in Mueller. Speeds shown are the 85% speeds, meaning that 15% of traffic exceeds these speeds:
---Berkman - NB 34.3, SB 34.9 => qualifies for further study
---Zach Scott - WB 32.9, EB 33.8 => qualifies for further study
---Antone - WB 31.9, SB 31 => doesn’t qualify for further study
- City will develop speeding mitigation concept plan and coordinate with City services (fire, EMS, trash, etc.) Then plan goes to requestor for coordination and statement of neighbor support for proposed action.
- Data will be shared with APD for their use in planning enforcement.

Old business
- Urban rail update - no update and no Council action has been taken to prioritize segments and alignment is not defined. Manor Rd. and Airport Blvd alignments both being evaluated as part of the environmental impact study.
- Signal at Zach Scott - City reviewing and warrants not yet met. City will get wtih signals department to see if interim improvement for bike/ped access across airport could be provided. Alan Hughes (Airport corridor PM) was suggested as a speaker at our meeting May 30.
- Roundabout improvement still being design. No schedule for construction. City & Catellus resistant to interim improvements, preferring to focus efforts on the ultimate solution. Concerns should be reported to 311.
- Bike/ped access on interim Berkman (1/2 width) up to Market District - a temporary trail will be provided outside the roadway so we’ll be able to ride our bikes to the grocery!
- Bike Boxes or ‘2 stage turn queue’ will be used at some intersections- City working on educational materials
- City looking at removing the oversaturation of No Parking signs
 
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Brandon Kraft
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Transportation - Realignment of CR
by Brandon Kraft on March 5th, 2012

CapMetro announced they're planning on realign the CR UT shuttle to include Mueller via EB 51st, SB Mueller Blvd, WB Aldrich to Airport with stops to serve the Dell Institute and Mosaic.

To comment and see map of proposed changes to CR:
https://capmetro.icanmakeitbetter.com/all/discussions/4f490f14b814880001000577/page/10

CR, while intended for UT student/staff/faculty is open to everyone (although non-UT are technically supposed to pay normal fares).
 
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schroed
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Transportation - UT shuttle for the 'hood
by schroed on March 7th, 2012

Any UT faculty, staff, or students in the 'hood should consider going to the site below and commenting on the possibility of CapMetro extending the CR shuttle into Mueller. This would be quite convenient for many of us living here, but most of the comments thus far are from people wanting to travel between the main campus and Dell Pediatric Research Institute. In my comments I suggested they extend the route into the housing area, since Mosaic is a pretty long walk for many of us.

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To comment and see map of proposed changes to CR:
https://capmetro.icanmakeitbetter.com/all/discussions/4f490f14b814880001000577/page/10
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Betsy
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
by Betsy on May 31st, 2012

Mueller Transportation Committee
Meeting notes - May 30, 2012

Development update (Carl Paulson)
- Section 6 progress - 1st phase complete in 6 weeks. Builders start in August.
- Will start 2nd phase of Section 6 in December
- Have started on infrastructure for Section 7b (Market district and PAC - Berkman and Barbara Jordan extensions) - expected completion is Dec. (including opening of Berkman)
- Received permit for 1st phase of town center (section 2b) - Aldrich extension a little further north, and McBee St. (serves Children’s Museum and Playhouse). Start construction in next month.
- Mosaic II and Residence Inn under construction
Urban Rail - finance and route updates given to Council. Recommend starting with route from Mueller through UT/downtown to convention center. Work sessions underway. Council will decide by early-mid August whether to include on Fall 2012 bond referendum.
- Maintenance facility at Mueller - nothing decided on location. Likely up near Market district to allow future extension up Berkman. Will go around roundabout with traffic.
51st St. Vision -
- Girard Kinney gave background on project, coordination with adjacent neighborhoods and churches.
- Speed limit on 51st will be lowered to 35 mph.
- Cross-section includes raised median with pedestrian refuge, cycle tracks (dedicated bike facilities), sidewalk, street trees and 4 vehicular lanes (2 each direction).
- City council unanimously adopted the Vision and instructed City Manager to recommend ways to implement the plan. Catellus sharing in funding.
- Final bond recommendation reduced funding to $1 Million
- Catellus moving forward with designing adjacent building projects to align with the Vision.
Roundabout at 51st & Berkman - City had asked Catellus to consider roundabout at this location. Catellus engaged consultant from WI with roundabout expertise. Consultant determined that a multilane roundabout would be needed to accommodate traffic at 51st & Berkman. Sufficient space is not available so a roundabout alternative at this intersection is not being pursued. Signalized intersection will remain as originally planned. Catellus will continue to look for opportunities to incorporate roundabouts at other future intersections. Discussion about possibility of Berkman at Zach Scott (may not be possible at this point).
Aldrich Roundabout improvements - Catellus handling design and engaged the WI consultant for the conceptual design work. Will get feedback from City on the concepts. Public input will be sought. Catellus and City will work to develop schedule over the coming months. City will fund construction of improvements. Also, City just opened 2-lane left turn onto Airport
Candlesticks on Barbara Jordan at median near Home Depot and regional retail - seem to be helping. City will evaluate crash data after 6 months and evaluate the need for further improvements, which might include the prohibition of straight through movements between parking lots.
Timing for 51st St. road diet - No resurfacing on City’s yearly schedule. Striping would be done after resurfacing.
Signal at Zach Scott & Airport Blvd. - collected counts 2nd week of May. Will do signal warrant study and give to signals dept. The City will update us on her findings. Signal is already paid for... just waiting to meet warrants.
Southbound u-turn on Airport at 38.5 St. City discussing with new signals engineer.
Bike crossings of Airport at Aldrich and Zach Scott... could be cut through in Airport median with clear path for bikes. Nathan Wilkes and Tom Wald coordinated on a sketch.
- Tom Wald commented that all 4 crosswalks should be accommodated at intersections, not just three crosswalks as has been done at some intersections.

Also discussed what could be done to improve safety around the parks for children crossing into the parks. City so far has nothing to offer. They will not install Children At Play signs.
 
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Brandon Kraft
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
by Brandon Kraft on May 31st, 2012

Betsy -- thanks for these reports and including them on the same thread. Makes it simple for us to keep up with all in the transportation world.

Regarding COA not installing Children at Play signs, I'm curious on their rationale for not including them (concerns about over-signage?). Personally, I don't think a W15-1 would be overkill ( http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/HTM/2003r1/part2/fig2c-10_longdesc.htm ), so interested in their thought.

Thanks again for your work. Very much appreciated.
-BK
 
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doug
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
by doug on May 31st, 2012

Thanks for the great notes, Betsy. So cool to hear about all of the construction around our hood. I'm interested in the sketch from Tom and Nathan of the potential Airport crosswalk. Is there some way to post it here?
 
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danx111
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
by danx111 on June 1st, 2012

Thanks for doing this, Betsy. Lots of good info in there. Questiion on present/future roundabouts: Aldrich design was lacking. I thought COA approved all designs as well as construction. In the report text it says "Catellus handling design and engaged the WI consultant for the conceptual design work. Will get feedback from City on the concepts" Who will be responsible for design? Should I ask Catellus? City?
 
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Rick Krivoniak
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 30 May 2012
by Rick Krivoniak on June 1st, 2012

I also want to thank Betsy for the notes.

Catellus & its consultants/contractors design & build Mueller's streets, which are then approved and accepted by the City upon completion. The Aldrich roundabout was approved before the City had much experience with roundabouts. Transportation Dept. Assistant Director Gary Shatz, who has some significant roundabout credentials, has only been with the City for about 2 years. It does seem that the Transportation Dept. is currently looking a bit closer at the designs, but sadly, State laws inhibit some decisions. I have concerns about a few of Mueller's other streets and the City's past approval, especially after some valid questions on proposed designs seem to have been ignored and are now causing problems. And I hope I'm not the only one who is not happy that a bond package had to be passed to correct the Aldrich roundabout.

Please encourage your neighbors to attend Mueller Commission meetings to learn more and give feedback to both Catellus and the City on such issues.
 
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