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Mateo Barnstone
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Thee open house public meetings on proposed improvement to I-35
by Mateo Barnstone on May 28th, 2014

The following is text from an e-mail sent by TxDOT regarding three upcoming meetings. Proposed changes to I-35 will impact us at Mueller directly. If these issues are a concern to you, please make an effort to attend one of the sessions or the open house.

- Mateo

"Stuck in Traffic on I-35?"
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Wants To Hear Your Thoughts on Making Improvements to I-35
TxDOT, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, will host three open house-style public meetings for proposed capacity improvements to I-35 between State Highway (SH) 45 North and SH 45 Southeast in Travis County. The proposed improvements are being evaluated through a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study as part of the Mobility35 Program. The PEL Study will focus specifically on the proposed I-35 Future Transportation Corridor (FTC), which would allow two additional travel mainlanes (one in each direction) within the existing I-35 right-of-way.

The public meetings will be held on June 3, 4, and 5, 2014, from 5 PM to 7:30 PM at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kealing Middle School
1607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin, TX 78702

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Akins High School
10701 South First Street, Austin, TX 78748

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center and Conference Center
12500 North I-35, Austin, TX 78753
All interested citizens are invited to attend these meetings and to express their views on the purpose and need and preliminary lane options being considered. Those unable to attend the Open House can provide input online at a Virtual Open House that will run from June 3-15, 2014. More information about the study, and a link to the online open house, is available on the Mobility35 website at http://www.Mobility35.org. For more information about the open houses contact Stacey Benningfield by email at Stacey.Benningfield@txdot.gov or by telephone at (512) 832-7369.

Copyright © 2014 I-35 Capital Area Improvement Program, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you were either identified as a potential stakeholder or you opted to receive information regarding this transportation program.

Our mailing address is:
I-35 Capital Area Improvement Program
Texas Department of Transportation
P.O. Drawer 15426
Austin, TX 78761

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Betsy
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Betsy on May 29th, 2014

For anyone concerned about losing access to/from I-35 at Airport Blvd and/or about compromises to East-West connectivity across I-35, attending these meetings is important! Our input during this early phase of project development is when it will be the most effective! I hope many will attend one of these meetings!
 
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Chase Norris
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Chase Norris on May 29th, 2014

I'm not familiar with this issue. Are they proposing to take away the exit at Airport?
 
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Betsy
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Betsy on May 29th, 2014

Yes, TxDOT is proposing to remove the northbound exits to Airport Blvd (both from the lower and the upper decks), and the southbound entrances from Airport Blvd.
 
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Mateo Barnstone
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Mateo Barnstone on May 29th, 2014

As Betsy stated, the original TxDOT proposal eliminated the exit and entrance ramps to Airport Blvd. from/to the upper deck. As the plan also eliminates all the exit and entrance ramps from the lower deck this would have left us with no direct connection to Airport Blvd. from or to the main lanes of I-35. Traffic would be forced to exit south of the upper/lower deck split and make way along the frontage roads or through the neighborhoods to get to Airport and Mueller.

TxDOT heard from the MNA and others about this issue (and others) - and have proposed three alternative ways that Airport Blvd. and Mueller might connect to I-35.

1. A bypass of Airport Blvd. off of the upper deck. Under this proposal there would be no direct access to Airport Blvd. from the main lanes of I-35 under this proposal for northbound traffic. Northbound traffic would enter Mueller via Barbara Jordan.

2. An exit from the upper deck of I-35 similar to the existing exit. This option would not allow any traffic to go northbound onto Airport and there would be no exit connecting the main lanes of I-35 to Barbara Jordan or 51st Street. Traffic trying to get to Windsor Park would likely end up making their way through Mueller via Aldrich/Mueller Blvd.

3. An exit ramp off of the lower deck that connects to the frontage road south of 38th 1/2 Street between Edgewood and Concordia. This option in some ways offers the best options - it restores a lower deck exit to 38th 1/2 Street and allows traffic access to both Airport Blvd. and Barbara Jordan/51st Street. However, it involves having to push out the frontage road into a number of businesses along the frontage road and bring that traffic a bit closer to Cherrywood Residents on Robinson. As this option will impact Cherrywood the most directly, their residents are looking closely as to whether they favor or disfavor this exit.

As for the entrance ramp, from Airport Blvd, TxDOT seems to think this is problematic for traffic. They haven't committed to keeping it, but it hasn't been definitively decided to remove it either.

These proposals can be found at this link below under the heading "Airport Ramping Options"

http://www.mobility35.org/news_room/workshop_materials.aspx

It's important that TxDOT hear from you all about these issues. If the connections to Airport Blvd are important, please do attend one of the sessions and be sure to voice your opinion on it.
 
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Chase Norris
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Chase Norris on May 30th, 2014

I assume this is all in the name of improving traffic flow on 35? I gotta say I'm not too thrilled about any of these options..
 
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Melanie McAfee
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Melanie McAfee on May 30th, 2014

Betsy,
How about a neighborhood petition? I would be willing to walk some blocks and I am sure others would as well. Most people will not go to the meeting but I think most would sign a petition. It will be awful to lose our access to 35!
 
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Melanie McAfee
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Melanie McAfee on May 30th, 2014

Betsy,
How about a neighborhood petition? I would be willing to walk some blocks and I am sure others would as well. Most people will not go to the meeting but I think most would sign a petition. It will be awful to lose our access to 35!
 
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Mike Carroll
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Mike Carroll on May 30th, 2014

I have to say all of these "proposed" options, for lack of a better word, suck! The beauty of the exits/on-ramps now is that we have multiple options from almost every location on 35.

I don't think TXDOT really cares about what a few citizens think. However, they might listen to our elected officials who hold their purse strings. Maybe a several hundred phone calls from voters to our state rep and state senator would make a difference?

Why are they even changing things at all? Will these changes magically make traffic better on 35? I highly doubt it. About the only thing it looks to accomplish is to reduce east Austin's access to its main north/south artery.

I cannot make these meetings as we will be out of town next week. I would gladly sign any petition that is in favor of stopping these changes!
 
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Mike Carroll
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Provide your input on I-35 changes that impact Mueller
by Mike Carroll on May 30th, 2014

I have to say all of these "proposed" options, for lack of a better word, suck! The beauty of the exits/on-ramps now is that we have multiple options from almost every location on 35.

I don't think TXDOT really cares about what a few citizens think. However, they might listen to our elected officials who hold their purse strings. Maybe a several hundred phone calls from voters to our state rep and state senator would make a difference?

Why are they even changing things at all? Will these changes magically make traffic better on 35? I highly doubt it. About the only thing it looks to accomplish is to reduce east Austin's access to its main north/south artery.

I cannot make these meetings as we will be out of town next week. I would gladly sign any petition that is in favor of stopping these changes!
 
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