Thanks for attending our virtual “Meet the Oak Hill Parkway Team” Meeting
Beginning Feb. 15, 2022, the Oak Hill Parkway team hosted a virtual meeting for the community to learn more about the project as we enter our first year of major lane shifts and detours, heavy construction activities, and other potential impacts. The virtual meeting included a pre-recorded presentation, construction updates, and responses to frequently asked questions.
BY THE NUMBERS
- More than 120 individuals provided an RSVP message to the team
- More than 55 advance questions were received as requested – and all were responded to by the team
- More than 850 unique visitors attended the virtual site over 30 days
- More than 150 views of the pre-recorded presentation occurred
- More than 100 individuals downloaded the schematic
Thank you for your participation! We look forward to meeting you at future in-person events and welcome your questions as we move forward with construction.
In case you missed it, you can still visit the site by clicking here and below are four of the most frequently asked questions.
Question: What is the timeline for the construction of the new Old Bee Caves Road bridge over Williamson Creek?
Answer: The new Old Bee Caves Road bridge over Williamson Creek will be constructed beginning in 2022. The team is currently preparing for reconstruction. In 2023, there will be a six-month full closure of Old Bee Caves Road at US 290 to complete the new bridge. During that temporary closure, all traffic heading to/from points north of Williamson Creek on Old Bee Caves Road will use SH 71/Fletcher Lane. More information is coming soon.
Question: Could you describe the design at US 290 and Circle Drive/South View Road and how the traffic pattern will change?
Answer: We will reconstruct Circle Drive/South View Road at US 290 to be a ground level bridge over lowered US 290 mainlanes. The traffic light will move north of that bridge near Mowinkle Drive. Traffic patterns will change as a result. Access to the US 290 mainlanes will be via ramps along the new frontage roads. If you have a specific route of interest, let us know and we can walk you through what that route will be like when the project is complete.
We have heard from many residents that they’d like to see an easy-to-understand image of what US 290 at Circle Drive/South View Road could look like when the project is complete. This spring, we will have a new photographic rendering prepared for the community’s reference. We will post it to the website and distribute it in our next e-newsletter.
Question: How is the project construction going to be sequenced?
Answer: In general, we will build frontage roads first throughout the project corridor. Once frontage roads are completed, traffic will be shifted onto the new frontage roads, while construction crews build the mainlanes and cross-street bridges in the middle. In locations where there are no frontage roads being built (such as west of Circle Drive), traffic will be shifted from one side of the road to the other as crews work in the middle. Sign up for updates to make sure you are kept up to date on lane shifts.
Question: What alternative routes do you suggest to avoid construction, and how will you mitigate congestion on alternative routes, such as neighborhood streets?
Answer: One of the reasons TxDOT must make improvements in Oak Hill is the lack of viable alternative routes. By improving mobility at the “Y” interchange, we expect improvements in traffic flow in the existing roadway network at project completion.
The best possible alternative route will depend on your destination and the time of day. Free navigation systems such as Google maps can provide real time best alternatives for you. When the project has detours in place, we will notify the community of those routes.
At the same time, we understand that even prior to construction some drivers avoided the “Y” interchange by taking alternative routes such as Circle Drive and Thomas Springs Road. During construction, this may continue.
The construction team will mitigate congestion along alternate routes by keeping traffic flowing on US 290 and SH 71 as best we can. Two lanes will remain open in each direction on US 290 and SH 71 during the daytime hours. Lane closures will generally occur on those two highways in the nighttime hours (9pm-5am) with very limited daytime closures. We are also working to keep drivers informed of delays and detours so they can plan accordingly.
Specific to our team, TxDOT does work to limit construction truck traffic on neighborhood streets within the project area. While some missed turns may occur, the contractor’s trucks are to remain in the state right of way and on state roads to the extent possible.