Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long and Lakeway City Councilman Joe Bain review new data regarding congestion on RR 620 at the Oct. 13 CAMPO Transportation Policy Board meeting.
Recognizing a need to address mobility on RM 620, RM 2222 and Loop 360 among other roadways, a Central Texas agency will launch a task force to analyze improvements to traffic congestion in western Travis County.
Will Conley, policy board chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and a Hays County commissioner, said the group will be tasked with analyzing ways to improve mobility on roadways west of Loop 360, including RM 2222 and RM 620.
"We were talking with a lot of our cities and county officials in western Travis County, and there seems to be a need for transportation improvements and a further need for dialogue on how to get there," Conley said. "I thought the MPO could be useful in our role and create an opportunity for that discussion to be had and hopefully get some good results brought back and move forward from there."
The task force will likely launch this summer after the board approves its 2040 long-range plan in May. Membership of the committee will comprise existing CAMPO policy board members—which include elected officials from the cities of Austin and Lakeway and Travis and Williamson counties—as well as other elected officials from jurisdictions currently not seated on CAMPO's board.
This decision to create the task force also comes after the city of Lakeway removed its proposal for the RM 620 elevated toll road from the 2040 plan's illustrative list of projects without funding.
Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 11 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.