Here's the Latest on
Oak Hill Parkway
YOUR INPUT CONTINUES TO HELP US
The October 29 open house had the second highest attendance of the six open houses we’ve held for the project since 2012. Turnout at the recent open house, held at Covington Middle School, was 157, only five less than attended the open house in June 2014.
“We are excited to see such a strong interest in the project and all the meaningful input people have given us,” said James Williams, TxDOT project manager. “With their engagement in the process, the community is shaping this project and making it better.”
Topics discussed at the open house included:
- An update of the proposed project designs, known as Alternatives A and C
- Draft evaluation criteria for the third phase of alternatives analysis
- An update on design and ideas for Context Sensitive Solutions
- Recent Water Quality Workshop information, including off-site water detention
The October 29 open house allowed the public to study an update of alternatives to improve mobility and safety along the US 290/SH 71W corridor.
The Oak Hill Parkway team received 139 official comments on the project during the comment period. Comments included general support, “build it ASAP,” and thoughts on roadway aesthetics and landscaping. Other comments included concerns about toll financing, elevation, and environmental effects.
The comments are currently being reviewed by the project team. They will become a part of the official Oak Hill Parkway Open House Comment and Response Report. When finalized, this report will be posted on the project website at www.oakhillparkway.com.
Public outreach will continue in 2016 with stakeholder workshops. In addition, project team members will meet with neighborhood associations, community groups, and other interested parties upon request. During this time, the project team will be implementing phase three of the alternatives evaluation to determine a recommended preferred alternative. The draft environmental study and the recommended preferred alternative will be presented to the community at a public hearing.
Attendees at the October 29 open house were able to visit one-on-one with Oak Hill Parkway staff members to discuss possible mobility and safety improvements.