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Loop 360 Section 4 Public Meeting

Loop 360 Section 4 Public Meeting

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Loop 360 ‐ Section 4: Old SpicewoodSprings Road to US 183
March 28, 2012 Public Meeting Concerns
Barbara and Paul Schumann
Introduction
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is developing a project aimed at improving traffic flow,safety, and mobility along Loop 360 in Travis County. The department is proposing a series of innovativeintersection improvements to increase safety and reduce travel time through the corridor that will beshaped by feedback from residents and drivers.The limits of the proposal extend from U.S. 183 to U.S. 290. For conceptual planning and public outreachpurposes, the overall project has been divided into four sections.Section 4 extends from Old Spicewood Springs Road to U.S. 183.Section 3 extends from Westlake Drive to Lakewood Drive.Section 2 extends from Westbank Drivel Scottish Woods Trail to Las Cimas Park
way.Section 1 extends from 800 feet southeast of Mopac Expressway (Loop 1) to Walsh Tarlton Lane.All of the improvements suggested involved the four major intersections in section 4:
 
Old Spicewood Springs Rd. – Elimination of cross median traffic and left turn from OldSpicewood Springs Rd. 360 North.
 
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Spicewood Springs Rd./Bluffstone Lane – Elimination of left truns from 360 onto SpicewwodSprings Road and Blufstone Lane while continuing to allow through traffic between SpicewoodSprings and Bluffstone.
 
Great Hills Trail – Elimination of cross 360 traffic on Great Hills Trail and elimination of left turnfrom Great Hills Trail East onto 360.
 
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U.S. 183 – Includes an additional southbound left
turn lane along Loop 360, an additional right
turn lane on the northbound U.S. frontage road and extends the northbound Loop 360 right
turn lane.Through traffic time saved for this section of 360 were estimated to be between 23% and 28%,depending upon time of day and direction. The maximum time saved was estimated to be one minute35 seconds northbound during the PM peak.For a copy of the material handed out at the meeting, go to:http://www.scribd.com/doc/87224664/Loop
360
Section
4
Meeting?secret_password=1ohcphgi00rglw0t75rv For more information about the project including drawings, descriptions and animations
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presented atthe meeting go to:http://www.txdot.gov/project_information/projects/austin/loop360/section4.htm 
Comments
First, some comments on the format:
 
The restriction of not allowing questions was very poor. Some of questions that were attemptedhad to do with qualifications of what was being presented and when they were left unansweredleft a portion of the audience confused. Surely there’s a better way to run a public meeting thanthat.
 
The content of the presentation was not structured well. It was too long and the conclusionswere left to the end rather than discussing them upfront and then explaining how they got tothose conclusions.
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Although I could not get the animations to run online. They are embedded in the Facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Loop
360
Issues/322112161136138) and are available on Vimeo if you don’thave access to Facebook.. (http://vimeo.com/39552614
 
,http://vimeo.com/39552732
 
,http://vimeo.com/39552943)

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