AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been looking for public feedback on a number of plans and studies which aim to shape transportation in the greater Austin area for decades to come.
Specifically, the regional transportation agency has been looking for feedback on its public participation plan and its long-range plan. The formal comment period for those ended at 5 p.m. on Monday. However, the comment period for CAMPO’s regional arterial plan is ongoing and CAMPO will continue to take comments about it.
Doise Miers, CAMPO’s Community Outreach Manager, explained via email that CAMPO expects an additional round of public outreach during the spring draft of the arterials plan.
The arterial plan focuses on arterial roads: roads larger than neighborhood streets but smaller than major highways like Interstate 35. CAMPO is hoping that improving upon these roads (such as Parmer Lane, State Highway 21 and Farm to Market Road 969) and adding more of them will free up space on major highways for people traveling long distances.
Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan explained that these regional changes may add roads in his district in northwest Austin parallel to Parmer Lane. He said these new roads will help to ease traffic from the already-wide Parmer Lane, which will be home to plenty of new developments in the years to come, including a second Apple campus.
Flannigan said that roads like Parmer Lane and the new roads built around them will be important to relieving traffic woes people are currently experiencing.
“You end up getting a lot of daily trips jumping on and off the highway one or two exits. That’s not what highways are for and it ends up creating a lot of traffic conflict,” Flannigan said.
He noted that the public feedback about CAMPO plans is important because CAMPO is responsible for deciding how federal and state transportation dollars are used within the region.
The plans CAMPO has so far have their sights set on making changes by 2045, by which time the population in the greater Austin area is expected to more than double.
Flannigan emphasized that those who did not submit comments to CAMPO before Monday have not missed their opportunity to weigh in on the future of Central Texas transportation.
“If you missed the deadline for public input, continue to contact your city council members, your county commissioners, and your state reps to have your voice heard,” Flannigan urged.
You can submit comments about CAMPO’s regional arterials plan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.