Judging from last night's meeting at Gullett, it is anybody's guess as to whether sound walls will be going up along Great Northern. Even though people at the meeting could ask about any of the sections along MoPac being considered for sound walls, the majority of the 25 to 30 people at last night's meeting were interested in the two segments along the Great Northern Blvd.
By way of background, sound walls are part of the Environmental Study phase of the MoPact Improvement Project. The objective of the MoPac Improvement Project, according to the project overview on its website, www.mopacexpress.com, "is a combined effort from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Austin and Capital Metro to address traffic congestion on the 11-mile stretch of MoPac between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez Street."
Last night's meeting at Gullett was one of seven sound wall workshops that the MoPac Improvement Project Team has scheduled with various neighborhoods to provide background information about the project including results of their noise studies, where the walls are being proposed, and height of the walls. The Project Team had mailed letters to property owners adjacent to the proposed walls, "the benefitted property owners," notifying them about the workshops. The benefitted property owners are the ones who get to vote on the walls. If a majority of these property owners vote for the wall, it will be built. They have until Monday August 29, 2011 to submit their ballots.