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Last night’s sound wall meeting

Great northern photo 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,, "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."

Wall along great northern 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.  

Harv is back!

Here is a picture of Erica Turner with her daughter Annie and Harvey (aka "Harv"). On July 17th he flew out of the house at the corner of McElroy and Great Northern and into a nearby tree. Because he was hidden from view Erica was concerned he had gone...

Atown on Burnet Rd now open for business

I dropped by the new Atown Boutique at 5502 Burnet Rd on Wednesday, the first day it opened, took some pictures and talked with Manager Jenni Charles. It is quite a unique store and surprisingly big inside. What follows is a press release with information about the...

Allandale Storm Drain Improvements Project Update – 7/11/11

Informal Meeting: The Project Manager, Tony Krauss, will be available for questions at the north end of the excavation on Bull Creek Road at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. If you come, please stay out of the barricaded area.

Status of Box Culvert on Bull Creek Rd: The box culvert changes sizes midway between RM 2222 and White Rock Drive. The contractor is currently installing the transition between the different pipe sizes. It will probably take until Friday, July 22, for this work to be completed, and the driveways to be reopened. After the transition is completed, the contractor will resume installing the culverts northward on Bull Creek Road. North of the transition, there will be two 7 by 4 foot culverts.

For installation of the box culvert, about 400 feet of Bull Creek Road is completely closed to traffic on a 24-hour basis. The progress depends on the amount of rock and the conflicting utility lines. The closure cannot be reopened at night for safety reasons.