AUSTIN (KXAN) — While everyone wants an easy solution to move Austin’s traffic, a group comprised of concerned residents and environmentalists believe the proposal to build toll lanes on South MoPac is not the answer.
On Monday, members of Keep Mopac Local called on elected officials to oppose the MoPac South project. Last month, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation revealed plans for an eight mile project that includes tolled express lanes and an elevated double-decker bridge over Lady Bird Lake.
“TxDOT and CTRMA are not being honest with Austin residents,” said Mary Ingle of the Austin Neighborhoods Council. “They are turning MoPac into ‘I-35 West,’ cramming thousands of additional cars and trucks onto an already congested local highway. We need to invest in I-35, not make MoPac worse.”
On the same day, the CTRMA responded by extending the environmental study process to allow for more community input on the project. The CTRMA will hold an additional open house in August.
“It is important to hear from the community on this project, particularly because of the environmental considerations in the corridor, and the importance of providing much-needed mobility improvements on MoPac south of downtown,” said Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein.
A community forum is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at Austin High School from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The forum will include presentations by CTRMA and Keep Mopac Local on the South Mopac proposal.