Transportation update: Oak Hill Parkway project build selected, open house set for May 24

A flyover image shows the Y at Oak Hill, one of the most congested roadways in Central Texas, according to the area mobility authority.

A flyover image shows the Y at Oak Hill, one of the most congested roadways in Central Texas, according to the area mobility authority.

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority have selected Alternative A as the recommended build of the Oak Hill Parkway project, according to a May 3 memo from the Austin Transportation Department. As of the memo, the selected build will not include tolls.

Launched in 2012 the Oak Hill Parkway project aims to improve mobility near the Y at Oak Hill—the intersection of Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71 in Southwest Austin—with a high-speed highway. The design will span 1 mile on Hwy. 71 and 4 miles along Hwy. 290.

A public hearing and open house will be held at 6:15 p.m. on May 24 at Bowie High School, 4103 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, to discuss the selection as will as a draft of the project’s environmental impact study, the memo states. Displays will include specific details of the selected build.

If tolls are not included in the project, Austin City Council will have to dedicate an additional $2.5 million than initially expected, the memo states. Funding options will be discussed at future council meetings.

Visit www.oakhillparkway.com for more information on the project.