Lakeway residents get opportunity for feedback at transportation-based open house

Lakeway Building and Development Services Director Charlotte Hodges explains a potential road project to an attendee at an Oct. 29 open house.

Lakeway Building and Development Services Director Charlotte Hodges explains a potential road project to an attendee at an Oct. 29 open house.

Headed by the city of Lakeway's Transportation Steering Committee and a city-hired consulting team, residents got the chance to submit input and comments on a number of potential transportation improvement projects under consideration.

The open house was a come-and-go styled event held at the Lakeway Activity Center. Information on various improvement project options was on display at stations throughout the activity center's main room and included possible roadway extensions, sidewalks and shared-use paths.

The event was part of city officials' ongoing transportation study first introduced during a July 1 City Council special session. The pursuit of a citywide study was in part inspired by what Mayor Sandy Cox described as issues with several roadways throughout the city, including Serene Hills Drive and Main Street, as well as unpaved roads on the east side of Lakeway.

During a July 29 special meeting, council approved the commission of a study from civil engineering firm Huitt-Zollars that will determine the demand and cost benefit of potential projects.

An initial cost estimate from Huitt-Zollars prices the study at $127,950, but council included a cap that stops the cost from going any higher than 10% above that estimate.

The Oct. 29 open house contained 10 stations that lined the walls of the Lakeway Activity Center's main room, five of which detailed potential projects identified by Huitt-Zollars.

"We're really looking for the community to come out and give us feedback on some of the proposed projects that are listed but also other ideas that they might have for improving transportation and improving mobility throughout the city of Lakeway," Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise said.

Lakeway resident Melony Woodard was in attendance and said she was looking for solutions for her community.

"In the 12 years that I've lived here, the western Travis [County] area has just exploded," Woodard said. "So, we just have to find good solutions."

Some of the projects for which attendees could provide input involved Serene Hills Drive, Flint Rock Road, RM 620, Main Street and Farris Drive.

Wise said there are not yet any cost estimates or established projects pertaining to the citywide traffic study.

"This is all very preliminary," Wise said. "This is all about the 'what.' What are the projects? And then later on down the road, when we determine the projects ... then it would be more the 'how.' How do we get there?"

Wise said the city and Huitt-Zollars are still on track to complete the study by February and get a proposal turned in for a May bond.

The open house was not the final opportunity to provide input on future transportation projects, as residents may submit comments by mail or email to the city no later than Nov. 8.

For more information on how to provide input regarding future transportation projects in Lakeway, click here.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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