AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council will decide Thursday whether or not to fund part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Oak Hill Parkway project.
If approved, the city would contribute $3.3 million towards the nearly $500 million project. TxDOT plans to build flyovers to clear-up the congestion at US Highway 290 and State Highway 71 through Oak Hill.
However, two neighborhoods near the project and the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods came together Monday to call on City Council to lead negotiations with TxDOT over the design of the proposed parkway project.
The group trying to “Save Oak Hill” says they worry the project will “devastate local environment, cause years of construction delays.”
“We desperately need a new road out here — but not at the price of losing our community,” Oak Hill resident Alan Watts wrote in a press release. “We’ve spent literal years stuck in congestion, but now, TxDOT’s plan forces even more unnecessary delays while the roadway gets built. Then, once the elevated and excavated roadway is complete, our community gets altered forever, but not for the better.”
The project was finalized in 2018 and in October, the Texas Department of Transportation began the procurement process.
The Oak Hill Parkway project will consist of three main lanes in each direction as well as two-to-three frontage road lanes to accompany the main lanes. There’s also an overpass over William Cannon Drive and new flyovers between the two highways.
TxDOT’s Oak Hill Parkway project is being fully funded by the Texas Transportation Commission.