April 6, 2007
From the desk of John P. Kelly, P.E., MoPac 1 Project
Manager, DMJM Harris

Managed Lanes and Noise Barriers for Loop1?
As I’ve mentioned in previous E-Updates, we will be holding
the second set of MoPac 1 open houses next week. The first open house will be on Tuesday,
April 10 at the O. Henry Middle School Cafeteria, 2610
  W. 10th Street. The second one will be on Thursday, April 12 at the McCallum High School
Cafeteria, 5600 Sunshine Drive. Both open houses will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m.

The information presented at both open houses will be the
same, and there will be a lot of it. We
will present the process used to evaluate various alternatives, and then
present a recommended alternative that would add a managed lane in each
direction within the MoPac 1 project limits. A brief presentation about the evaluation process and alternatives under
consideration will be given at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. on both
nights.

Based on preliminary noise analysis work that has been
completed to date we will also be presenting information regarding preliminary
locations of potential noise barriers.

TxDOT staff and MoPac 1 consultants will be available
throughout the open house to provide more information, listen to your concerns,
and answer questions. Of course, both
open houses will provide you with an opportunity to submit your comments in
either written or transcribed form.

Fourth MoPac 1-to-ONE Will Reach Out to Transit Users The MoPac 1 project team will reach out to Capital Metro
customers on Thursday, May 3 by holding a MoPac 1-to-ONE gathering at the North Lamar Transit Center,
weather permitting. TxDOT staff and
other members of the MoPac 1 project team will be on hand from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30
a.m. to meet and greet morning commuters. The Transit
Center is located at 8001 US
183, which is just northwest of the intersection of US 183 and SL 275 (N.
  Lamar Boulevard).

As the name implies, MoPac 1-to-ONE events are intended to
provide direct communication between individual stakeholders and project team
members. By hosting these gatherings in
convenient locations and times, we are striving to make it easier for
individuals to access the team members to directly ask questions, share
concerns, and offer recommendations. While some of the gatherings may focus on specific themes or issues,
everyone is encouraged to attend and all questions are welcome.

I look forward to seeing you on May 3rd! And if you can’t make it, please call the
MoPac 1 Information Line at 498-7700 with suggestions for possible meeting
times, locations and topics.

 MoPac 1 Aesthetics Advisory Committee Gets Underway In February we solicited applications from persons
interested in serving on an Aesthetics Advisory Committee (AAC) for the MoPac 1
project. I am pleased to report that all
of the committee’s positions have been filled. Those positions include nine community representatives, a Texas
Historical Commission (THC) representative, a City of Austin (COA)
representative, the TxDOT project manager and the TxDOT District Landscape
Architect.

We held our first meeting on March 27, 2007, and we will continue meeting approximately
monthly through August to develop recommendations about how the community’s
identity and values can be reflected in the project’s aesthetic elements. The aesthetic elements include such things as
noise barriers, retaining walls, plantings, ornamental lighting, and sign
structures. TxDOT will consider the
AAC’s input when deciding what actions or recommendations to implement.

I serve as chair of the committee and Catherine Judd, a
landscape architect with the MoPac 1 project team, provides us with technical
support and expertise. The other
members of the committee, listed alphabetically, and their affiliations, are:

Frances Allen, Envision Central Texas,
MoNAC
Kerry Blackmon, TXDOT
Austin District
Landscape Architect
Matthew Bucher, Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association
Adrienne Campbell, Texas
Historical Commission, History Programs Division
Linda Godinez, Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association MoNAC
Sam Haddad, Highland Park

West Balcones Area Neighborhood Association
Larry Halford, Old West AustinNeighborhood Association
Mark Herber, TXDOT
Austin District
MoPac 1 Project Manager
Kay Newell, Allandale Neighborhood Association, MoNAC
Fred Robinson, MoNAC
Ross Robinson, Superintendent of Austin
State School
Steve Sadowsky, City of Austin
Historic Preservation Officer
Krista Saeger, Highland Park

West Balcones Area Neighborhood Association

All of us on the AAC look forward to discussing with you how
to best reflect and respect Austin’s unique character as we improve mobility
through the MoPac 1 project For more
information about the Aesthetics Advisory Committee, visit the project website
at www.MoPac1.org or call Steve Craddock at 512-457-7769.

Sample Noise Barrier Update On March 12, the bid opening for the sample noise barrier
was held, and no bids were submitted by contractors. The state is going to talk with local
contractors and re-bid the project with a bid opening on May 12. We’ll let you know the results.

John P. Kelly
Project Manager, MoPac 1
DMJM Harris