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Kristy Summers
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 26 Feb 2014
by Kristy Summers on February 28th, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing!
 
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Kristy Summers
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 26 Feb 2014
by Kristy Summers on February 28th, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing!
 
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Melissa Tester
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Transportation Issues
by Melissa Tester on March 1st, 2014

Thank you for the update!
 
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Melissa Tester
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Transportation Issues
by Melissa Tester on March 1st, 2014

Thank you for the update!
 
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Melissa Tester
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Transportation Issues
by Melissa Tester on March 1st, 2014

Thank you for the update!
 
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Mateo Barnstone
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Transportation Issues
by Mateo Barnstone on March 2nd, 2014

Betsy,

Thanks again for the update.

Re: the Mobility 35 plans - among the many changes proposed for Segment 4 (MLK to Airport Blvd.) are the remove of the intersections at 38th 1/2, 32 and Manor road across I-35 and the implementation of "Texas Super Streets".

The following link is to a video that provides a good demonstration of how these operate and how they will impact our access to central Austin across I-35.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycA_jlmvHsA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 
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Betsy
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
by Betsy on May 21st, 2014

Construction Update
- Section 7c - 274 lots near WF Terrace (Tilley to ZS) including full buildout of Berkman up to Zach Scott.
--1st phase lots (southern) to builder in July, 2nd phase in Dec.
--Includes ‘dogbone’ part of greenway. Start that and next park/pool in September with completion expected in mid-2015.
In design on Section 9 - North of Zach Scott and west of Vaughan up to Philomena. Includes the rest of Berkman buildout. Start late this year and complete end of 2015.
-AISD PAC should open late this year
-AMLI complete end of 2014 with people moving in 1st quarter of 2015
-Torchy’s projecting a September opening (currently in permitting)


Berkman Drive
- City/Catellus collected data last fall - 85% speeds were about 34-35mph and some cars clocked at 40-45 mph. Catellus looking at how to manage in interim and ultimate. - Traffic patterns will continue to change as more of the street grid is constructed. For example, when - Tilley is constructed from Manor to 51st, it may relieve some of the traffic volume on Berkman.
- Speeding issues were discussed. Catellus thinks the ultimate design with the median will ‘handle’ the speed issue. There was a lot of discussion about whether this theory of ‘street friction’ substantially slowing traffic would actually be realized. Responsible drivers will slow but they wouldn’t be driving 45mph now either. Catellus was asked to take a ‘hard look’ and ‘soon’ at options for the ultimate buildout to reduce the potential for speeding. They were specifically asked to look at full-size roundabouts at key intersections (Zach Scott, Simond, and possibly Philomena) without disrupting already-built structures (homes). Catellus (Dee Desjardin) agreed to:
---Look at full roundabouts as an option on Berkman along with other options.
--- Share information with the Transportation Committee and with residents. They may look at setting up a stakeholder working group. It was stressed that this is a critical issue needing community involvement and that involved residents could help communicate the reasons for future decisions to our neighbors.
- Regarding interim improvements, we discussed having the City remove one parking space on the northwest corner of each intersection to improve the sight distance to the left as you pull out of the development on the west side of Berkman. The City has agreed to look at each intersection with me. The degree of improvement to be expected from removing one space will depend on the curvature of Berkman near the intersection. Please discuss on this forum or send me a PM with specific suggestions/ideas. I need all information by June 14.
- Catellus plans to arrange a meeting with residents on Berkman, and others interested in issues associated with Berkman, in mid-June.


Mueller/Aldrich Roundabout
- Status of reconstruction - in permitting process at City. Construction may start in about 2 months.
- Traffic impacts during construction - at least one lane of traffic will remain open per the City. Primary work to be done 9-4. Night construction not planned.


Bike/Ped crossings of Airport Blvd
- City looking at bike signal grant to improve bike crossing of Airport at Aldrich.
- City will ask their bike program staff for ideas on how to improve the crossing of Airport at Zach Scott


Longhorns on Airport
Cherrywood reps reported that some at Mueller NA have started a discussion with Cherrywood NA to discuss whether it would be possible/acceptable to remove the longhorns on Airport. Discussions have just begun.


Response to reported Parking Activity
- No Parking signs have been installed in front of the Elements apartments where people were parking in the travel lane
- No Parking signs will be added on Berkman between McBee and Simond because the roadway is too narrow for parking there (during this interim position) and due to ongoing violations by people parking in the cycle track.


Mueller Parking Study and Recommendations (Jill - COA)
- Catellus/city (transportation, parking management, economic development departments) been working on parking management to be proactive at Mueller, instead of reacting later
Catellus engaged Nelson/Nygard consultants (experts in parking management)
- Workshop held last summer and have had focus group meetings with residential and commercial stakeholders
- Now have study recommendations
---- Create parking and transportation management district (PTMD)
---- Mechanism to look at issues from all angles together & sets up geographic area and toolkit of solutions to address parking issues (pay parking, residential parking program, etc). Also looks beyond the PTMD geography at how parking at Mueller impacts surrounding neighborhoods.
---- Looking at options for long-term stakeholder input
---- Councilman Riley proposes (tomorrow’s agenda) to direct City Manager to formalize district here and proceed with drafting guidelines.
---- Timeline - may have process in place by end of this year. Dee will send link to PowerPoint presentation given to PIAC recently.
---- PTMD would be 1st in Austin so Mueller would be a pilot
---- May also include something similar to a Parking Benefit District so that part of income would stay in Mueller for funding other amenities. This would be one item of discussion in creating the PTMD.


51st St. Vision Update
Atkins Engineering is preparing a preliminary engineering report to sort out specifics of Vision Plan. So far is looks like the concepts in the plan will work within the ‘real world’. More info/drawings anticipated by late summer to share with larger stakeholder meeting and possibly reconvene small workgroup in July or August.


Update Items
- Safety concern Airport & Aldrich going NW (outside of curve in front of Mosaic on Airport, between Aldrich and the fire station) - Cars hit curb (hydroplane or not paying attention) and there have been several close calls with pedestrians. City/Catellus look at chevrons, etc. as options.
- Traffic Signals at 51st & Mueller - Signal installation is planned... City is looking at 51st St vision and City will update us on whether/when they’ll move forward.
 
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Grace
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
by Grace on May 22nd, 2014

Betsy, I agree/am in favor of removing one parking spot on the NW corners on Berkman for improving sight distance when trying to turn left. This seems like a reasonable interim measure until something permanent can be created to slow the speeding.
 
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Grace
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
by Grace on May 22nd, 2014

-Mueller/Aldrich roundabout reconstruction-
I guess I missed this. What are they doing? If it's easy to describe here... thx, Betsy.
 
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Kristy Summers
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Transportation Committee meeting notes 21 May 2014
by Kristy Summers on May 22nd, 2014

I live on Berkman and I agree seeing is difficult. My only concern is that we have limited parking anyway and I hate to lose more spots. I wish they would consider widening Berkman slightly to allow for easier sight without giving up parking.

I also think they need to look at adding a stop light near the HEB/Berkman. The four way stop is always getting backed up at rush hour and it seems like it would help there.

Thanks for the update! As a resident on Berkman, I do hope to be involved in this decision.

Kristy
 
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