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Oak Hill Parkway: New Traffic Changes Coming to the "Y" Interchange this Fall
With the change of the seasons from Summer to Fall, the Oak Hill Parkway construction team will also be changing traffic patterns at the US 290/SH 71 "Y" interchange.  
In November, westbound US 290 traffic will shift to a temporary signalized right-turn lane to access SH 71 and the Center of the Hills shopping center, eliminating the existing curve and merge (see map above). This will allow TxDOT's contractor, Colorado River Constructors, to begin bridge construction in the area. This configuration is expected to be in place for two years.
New traffic patterns are also on the way for drivers traveling to Ascension Seton Southwest Hospital (see map above). Beginning in October, drivers will use El Rey Boulevard at US 290 to access the hospital on the newly built two-way frontage road. This pattern will remain in place for about a year, until all the frontage roads in the area are completed.
Women of Oak Hill Parkway
Women are crucial to the success of the Oak Hill Parkway project; their roles range from concrete dispatcher to roadway design lead and everything in between. It’s safe to say, women are highly represented across the project.
Figure 1: Some of the women that work on Oak Hill Parkway.
In fact, TxDOT’s design-build project manager, the project geologist, lead engineer for wall construction, stormwater drainage engineer and one of our water truck drivers are all women. 

The leader of the entire team is TxDOT’s design-build project manager, Christiana Astarita. She oversees the design-build contract, ensures TxDOT safety and quality protocols are followed, and manages the entire project team. 

“I am so proud of the progress that has been made on Oak Hill Parkway. To say we are on schedule this far in is quite an accomplishment.”

Thank you to the entire team that works hard every day to improve safety and mobility on US 290 and SH 71.
Building Toward the Future
New bridges and walls are coming into view for those traveling along Oak Hill Parkway on the east and west sides of the project. Drivers taking in the change of scenery will also notice a smooth shared-use path taking shape on both sides of US 290. 
Figure 2: Bridge bent (the horizontal cap on top of columns) installation east of Old Bee Caves Road.
Crews have started construction on 10 out of 27 bridges. By first constructing frontage roads outside of the current roadway footprint, crews working on an “outside in” approach can ensure US 290 traffic flows unimpeded.
Figure 3: Crews smooth out newly poured concrete for the shared-use path to make travel safer for bicycles and pedestrians.
The project team recently completed work on the new shared-use path between Monterey Oaks Boulevard and MoPac on the US 290 eastbound and westbound frontage roads. More than 14 miles of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be built during project construction, enhancing mobility for everyone living and working in Oak Hill.
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