INTERACTIVE MAP: See what new Central Texas projects will be added to 4-year construction plan

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A four-year construction plan outlining upcoming Central Texas transportation projects slated to begin in 2017-20 will be updated in September with several new projects.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which coordinates regional transportation planning, puts together the Transportation Improvement Plan. This document includes projects submitted by the cities, six counties and transportation agencies in Central Texas. Projects in the plan must include those receiving federal funds and those that are regionally significant.

CAMPO amends the plan twice a year to allow local jurisdictions to make changes or add projects. To be listed in the plan, funding must already be identified and construction must begin in the 2017-20 timeframe.

CAMPO’s policy board will host a public hearing Sept. 11 and then vote on amendments to the 2017-20 plan.

Active transportation plan

CAMPO is additionally seeking public input on its first ever Regional Active Transportation Plan that compiles local and regional planning work into one document and identifies other needs for better connectivity, CAMPO Regional Planning Manager Kelly Porter said.

“It’s a good idea for [residents]to see how their local plans connect into a regional big picture,” he said. “It’s also important for them to let us know if there are other things not addressed in the plan that they would like to see more of.”

Active transportation includes walking and biking facilities. Local jurisdictions will be responsible for completing any projects identified in the plan.

Residents can attend several upcoming meetings to weigh in on the plan and take a survey to make sure projects in the plan reflect community desires, said Doise Miers, CAMPO’s community outreach manager.

“This [plan]is just providing more options for people for mobility,” she said. “It’s not something people have to use every single day. It doesn’t have to be their entire commute of getting to work or getting someplace else. For some people in the region, active transportation is a necessity but for others it’s providing options for them to get around.”

The active transportation plan will help inform the agency’s next long-range transportation plan that will start development by early 2019.

More information is available on CAMPO’s website.

Most amendments in the 2017-20 Transportation Improvement Program came from the Texas Department of Transportation to add projects. This interactive map shows projects in the Community Impact Newspaper area, with each county represented by a different color.

Upcoming meetings

Open house meetings are come and go, and children’s activities will be provided.

  • Aug. 21 from 4-7 p.m., San Marcos Library, 625 E. Hopkins, San Marcos
  • Aug. 23 from 4-7 p.m., Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor (active transportation only)
  • Aug. 30, from 2-7 p.m., Austin Community College Elgin Campus (active transportation only)
  • Aug. 31, from 4-7 p.m., Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley (active transportation only)
  • Sept. 6, from 4-7 p.m., Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park
  • Sept. 7, from 4-7 p.m., Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Road, Austin
  • Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin (public hearing)
  • Sept. 12, from 2-7 p.m., Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin
  • Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th St., Austin (active transportation only)
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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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