AUSTIN -- The first open house meeting for an environmental study of State Highway 45SW, will be the first time for residents to speak their minds.
Those who can't attend can learn more about proposed improvements to SH 45SW online. Residents can also submit comments online via the project website -- www.sh45sw.com.
The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are working together to ease congestion in southern Travis and northern Hays counties. The population in that area is expected to increase 86 percent by 2035.
Currently, residents in the Brodie Lane and Slaughter area say people are cutting through their neighborhoods.
The SH 45 SW project would run along the county line -- from the end of MoPac to FM 1626. Planners say the project will help get people from Interstate 35 over MoPac without using neighborhood roads. It would also help the increasing number of drivers coming in from Buda and Kyle.
There are environmental considerations. Several agencies have been brought in to help look at the impact on the land, some of which is in the Edwards Aquifier. They will also consider wildlife, air and noise impacts.