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Oak Hill Parkway
Check out our informational videos!
New to the project? Get up to speed with our new Oak Hill Parkway videos! The first one features a general overview of the project and the problem we’re trying to solve. The second and third videos, each about 3 minutes long, explore the process that TxDOT and the Mobility Authority have followed to get to our two proposed build alternatives and the no build, or “do nothing”, alternative.
As you will see, community involvement has played a key role in shaping the direction of the project, as TxDOT and the Mobility Authority believe communities make projects better.
All three videos can be viewed here.
Rolling up our sleeves to dig into the science
This year, the environmental study team began the robust analysis of our two proposed build alternatives and the no build, or ‘do nothing’, alternative against the latest phase of evaluation criteria. This process includes collecting and analyzing data and quantifying any potential impacts to the human and natural environment. The results of this analysis will indicate the preferred alternative and will be released for public review and comment in early 2017. The release of the environmental study document, known as a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, will also lead to a public hearing where the document and preferred alternative will be presented to the public. We anticipate that event occurring in early 2017.
This past June, we held an Environmental Workshop that featured an exploration into the science behind the Oak Hill Parkway environmental study. Attendees learned about the environmental process and received information about the studies conducted on biological resources, archeology, air quality, trees, and more.
If you missed the workshop, you can download and review the presentation and event recap by clicking here.
At the workshop, the community showed great interest in the noise analysis studies. If you haven't read our noise study update in the event recap, check it out here (scroll down to the Q&A section). We will be returning this fall with another community workshop that will provide the preliminary results of the noise study, as well as an update on trees.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.
Aesthetics Prioritization Update
The Oak Hill Parkway project team would like the aesthetics budget for the project to reflect community priorities. At the environmental workshop and through an online survey, we asked the community to prioritize five different elements: tree relocation, new tree plantings, landscaping, structures, and bicycle/pedestrian enhancements. We're still processing the results of this survey, but a preliminary look at the data shows us that interest varied overall across all participants in the prioritization of tree relocation vs. new tree plantings vs. bicycle/pedestrian enhancements; no clear community priority is evident at this time. As such, we will continue to work with the community regarding aesthetics and context sensitive solutions.
Your participation in the process helps us improve long-term mobility by identifying a solution that not only addresses traffic congestion, but honors the heritage of Oak Hill, respects the environment and adds value to the Oak Hill community.