Neighborhood Associations pen joint response letter to TxDOT over IH35 designs

The Delwood 2, Mueller and Wilshire Wood/Delwood I Neighborhood Associations delivered a joint letter to TxDOT at the conclusion of the IH35 NEPA environmental review public input process last month.  This letter channeled the disappointment from the neighborhood organizations over a disorganized September 11th presentation from TxDOT consultants and was the product of a series of meetings between representatives of the three neighborhood associations.

The letter offers support for NCINC2’s efforts, including  requests for alignment with existing City of Austin planning efforts (including the Airport Boulevard Corridor Plan), a long-range vision for the I-35 corridor (including lowering the main lanes through 51 st Street), an expansive environmental review of the social, cultural, community connectivity and health-related impacts of the project  and the formation of a north central stakeholder working group.

The letter goes on to highlight particular areas of concern for the neighborhoods: access to all neighborhoods from and to the main lanes of I-35 via Airport Boulevard, safety for all modes of travel, noise reduction ,connectivity between neighborhoods and those across I-35 (quality of life) and human health.

The Neighborhood Associations go on to request additional information from TxDOT on alternative designs than those that have been presented to the neighborhoods, specifically focusing on ramp configurations from the upper and lower decks, frontage road design and speeds, the intersection of IH35 and Airport Boulevard and health, noise and community connectivity concerns along the highway.

The neighborhoods will present this letter to NCINC2 membership and the organization’s next meeting.

The full letter can be read here.