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YEP.

CAN AB MOOD, UH, ACM P AND DACA OVER TO WEBEX? WELL, UM, ACMP AND DACA IS BEING MOVED OVER AND YOU HELP US WITH THE PLAN OF THE DAY.

WE HAVE A TOP.

I HEARD YOU SAY WE HAVE A TWO O'CLOCK, UM, TIME LIMIT FOR THE CONSULTANT WHO IS BRIEFING US AN EXECUTIVE SESSION, BUT WHAT'S, WHAT'S THE REST OF THE PLAN FOR THE DAY.

I THINK WE'VE GOT A COUPLE ITEMS PULLED AND THEN THESE TWO PRESENTATIONS.

AND DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF HOW THE DUDE, LET ME GET, LET ME GET ON THE SCREEN HERE IN JUST A SECOND.

HUH? ALL RIGHT.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CONVENE THE MEETING TODAY.

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, AUGUST 31ST, 2021.

WE HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT.

THE MEETING IS BEING HELD HYBRID THE VIRTUAL, UH, CONSISTENT WITH THE RULES THAT ALLOW US TO DO THAT.

AS OF TODAY, TOMORROW WE LOSE THAT ABILITY.

SO THE MEETING ON THURSDAY THEN GOES BACK TO JUST THE REGULAR RULES AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE REQUIRED TO DO SPEAKERS IN PERSON.

UH, SO WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, COLLEAGUES, UH, IS, UH, WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER TO SPEAK THAT I'M ON A CALL.

WE HAD AN ACTION ITEM TODAY IN THE EVENT THAT, UH, THE COURTS RULED COURTS HAVE NOT ROLLED.

SO THEY'RE MORE WOULD ACTUALLY BE ACTIONABLE.

WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CALL THAT SPEAKER WHO HAD SIGNED UP, UH, THE, UH, WE HAVE A TEXTILE BRIEFING ON IAH 35, UH, AND WE HAVE, UH, TALK A FERGUSON WITH US FROM, UH, THE STATE AND WE HAVE, UH, ROB HERE.

SO THOSE TWO PRESENTATIONS.

AND THEN WE WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN I WANTED US TO, OR WAS ASKED TO HAVE US GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO TAKE UP ITEM E FIVE.

WE HAVE, UH, OUTSIDE COUNSEL WORKING ON THAT.

WE HAVE THEM UNTIL 2:00 PM.

SO THOSE ARE THE FIRST THREE THINGS TO DO.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE BOTH PRESENT THE SPEAKER, BOTH PRESENTATIONS, AND THEN WE HAVE TIME FOR COMMENTS.

AND THEN WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO, UH, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE'LL DO VIRTUALLY THE SAME WAY.

WE'VE AGREED TO DO THAT, UH, HERE IN THE PAST SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN PARTICIPATE, UH, MORE EASILY AFTER THAT WE HAVE, UH, THE PULLED ITEMS, 54, 60 AND 61 ALL RELATE TO THE SAME THING, WHICH IS THE 11TH OF 12TH STREET.

NCCD AND STAFF HAS A PRESENTATION, UH, UH, ON US FOR US, UH, ON THAT WE ALSO HAVE THE COUNCIL MEETING PROCEDURES THAT WE SHOULD TALK THROUGH, UH, SO WE CAN GIVE DIRECTION TO, UH, UH, UH, STAFF FOR THE MEETING AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, FOUR REMAINING EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS, UH, THREE OF WHICH ARE, UH, PERSONNEL ISSUES WITH OUR APPOINTEES AND ONE OF THEM ANOTHER LEGAL MATTER.

SO, UH, SO THAT WE CAN START MOVING QUICKLY IF EVERYBODY'S OKAY.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START WITH THE ONE COLOR FIRST AND THEN WE'LL GET INTO THE TWO TEXTILE PRESENTATIONS, JOHN.

HELLO COUNCIL.

MY NAME IS JOHN I-CAN AND I AM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PARKSIDE.

THAT'S WHY TO CREATE GATES YOUR WAY DUE TO THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY I COULD VIRTUALLY REACH ALL OF YOU AS IT MAKES IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT FOR WORKING PEOPLE TO GET TO CITY HALL FOR COMMENTS, PROCEDURALLY, I BELIEVE IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR CITY COUNCIL TO BE AS FULLY EDUCATED REGARDING A TOPIC FOR VOTE IN ADVANCE.

I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO REACH EACH OF YOU THROUGH A SERIES OF MULTIPLE EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS WITH MILD SUCCESS TO CONNECT WITH YOU ABOUT SETTING UP A TIME, TO HAVE A BRIEF ZOOM CALL WITH OUR COMMUNITY, TO HEAR OUR CONCERNS REGARDING THE REZONING CASE FOR 2, 1, 1 7 BRANDT ROAD.

THIS CASE HAS TO BE HEARD BY YOU SEPTEMBER 30TH.

AND NOW THAT IN-PERSON COMMENT IS REQUIRED, I MYSELF MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

AND THEREFORE I'M TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

NOW, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO DO SO FOR THREE MINUTES ALSO, PLEASE SEARCH YOUR EMAIL AND SPAM FOR 2, 1, 1 7 BRANDT ROAD.

IF FIND MY EMAILS AND PRESENTATIONS REGARDING THIS CASE WAS HEARD BY THE ZONING COMMISSION AND RESULTED IN THEIR INABILITY TO RECOMMEND THE REZONING OF THIS PROPERTY TO YOU.

THIS CASE IS THE RIGHT CAUSE, BUT THE WRONG LOCATION, PUTTING POOR PEOPLE IN HARM'S WAY FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS THAT PROPOSED APARTMENTS WILL BE SITTING DIRECTLY IN THE 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAN.

KEVIN SHANK, THE DIVISION MANAGER AND THE CITY OF BOSTON WATERSHED CONFIRMED THIS AFTER SEEING A VISUAL OVERLAY OF THE DEVELOPER SITE PLAN ON TOP OF THE FLOOD, PLAIN UNBELIEVABLY THE DEVELOPER, JAKE BROWN WITH LDG IMMEDIATELY REFUTED THE WATERSHED MANAGERS EXPERT EVALUATION THAT PROPOSED SITES SURROUNDED ON THREE SIDES BY THE FOLK PLANT AND THE SANDWICH BETWEEN THE ONION CREEK BILE TO THE

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NORTH AND SOUTH.

THIS WILL PUT LOW INCOME PEOPLE, POOR PEOPLE DIRECTLY IN HARM'S WAY, AND THIS IS NOT OKAY.

I'LL GO OVER 2,500 HOMES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ARE ALREADY DIRECTLY WITHIN THE 100 YEAR OR 25 YEAR FLOOD, PLAIN INCREASING FLOODING CONCERNS RENT ROAD SLASH FLOODED TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER A MILD RAIN, WHICH I HAVE RECORDED THE A DASH CAM THAT I'VE SHARED WITH YOU.

THE ROAD IS UNSUSTAINABLE AS IT IS DETERIORATING.

ONLY TWO LANES WITH NO DIVIDER AND HAVE NO SHOULDERS SIDEWALK, BIKE LANES, AND NEAR NON-EXISTENT LIGHTING AT NIGHT, MAKING IT PITCH BLACK.

IT HAS MULTIPLE BLIND SPOTS, HILLS AND CURVES CREATING LIMITED VISIBILITY.

A RENTER WOULD HAVE TO WALK DIRECTLY ON TOP OF THE ROADS ASPHALT WITHIN THE LANE ITSELF OVER HALF A MILE AWAY TO THE NEAREST TRANSIT STOP.

THE WALKABILITY SCORE IS CAR DEPENDENT FOR WASCO.COM.

THE PROPOSAL IS OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH IMAGINED AUSTIN AND NOT SUPPORTED BY THE PLAN.

ACCORDING TO STAFF, THE DEVELOPER, JAKE BROWN AND LDG CLAIM.

THAT QUOTE, THE VERY LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS PUT A DEVELOPMENT ON THE GROUND, OR EVEN PROPOSE TO PUT A DEVELOPMENT ON THE GROUND.

THAT'S GOING TO BE DETERMINED, SORRY, DETRIMENTAL TO ANY OF THE CITY INFRASTRUCTURE OR MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

HOWEVER, PROPOSING A DEVELOPMENT THAT IS DETRIMENTAL IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

THIS SITE DOES NOT GIVE POOR PEOPLE.

THE EQUITABLE HOUSING THEY DESERVE.

IT IS BEYOND UNSAFE.

THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AUSTIN TO STAND UP FOR THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF THE POOR AND NOT SAY STEM IN HARM'S WAY.

ELDERS USE DEVELOPER.

BIO SAYS THEY WERE FOUNDED BASED ON, I BELIEVE THAT QUOTE, EVERYONE DESERVES A QUALITY PLACE TO LIVE.

IS FLOODING A DANGEROUS ROAD, DISPLACED WILDLIFE AND HYPOTENSION FOR FATAL ROAD ACCIDENTS.

QUALITY.

IT CLEARLY IS NOT, AND IT IS NOT OKAY.

THERE ARE MANY MORE THINGS WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND MYSELF WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WITH YOU REGARDING AGAIN, PLEASE SEARCH YOUR EMAIL BOX IN SPAM FOLDERS, 4 2 1, 1 7 BRANDT ROAD.

AND MY EMAILS SHOULD SURFACE, INCLUDING MULTIPLE PRESENTATIONS.

I HAVE CREATED FOR YOUR REVIEW REGARDING SITE AND ZONING GATE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO INDIVIDUAL DISCUSSIONS WITH YOU WITH EACH OF YOU.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, WE'RE NOW GONNA MOVE INTO, UH, TWO PRESENTATIONS, UH, TARA FERGUSON, WELCOME TO THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE A PRESENTATION FROM, UH, ROB SPILLER MANAGER.

DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING AS WE GET STARTED? THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

UH, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO ACMP AND DACA.

WHO'S GOING TO INTRODUCE THESE TOPICS.

THEY SEEM TO BE IN DACA.

UM, THANK YOU MANAGER.

[B1. I-35 Capital Express Central Update from Texas Department of Transportation.]

AND THANK YOU COUNCIL FOR INVITING US HERE TODAY TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT .

UM, WE ARE FIRST JOINED BY TUCKER FERGUSON OR, UH, AUSTIN DISTRICT ENGINEER FOR TXDOT.

UH, CHECKER HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER WITH ATG ON NOT ONLY THE 35 CARTER, BUT ON MANY OTHER PROJECTS, UM, AS WE WORK ON OUR MOBILITY SYSTEMS HERE.

SO I WANT TO THANK CHUCKER FOR HIS PARTNERSHIP.

UM, YOU'RE ALSO JOINED BY ROB SPILLER AND ROB WE'LL REVIEW SOME RECENT COUNCIL ACTION.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN GOOD PARTNERS WITH TEXTBOOK IN OUR COMMUNITY PROCESS, AND WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT OUR 35 MEETS OUR COMMUNITY'S NEEDS.

UM, AND WITH THIS, I WILL TURN IT OVER TO FIRST CHECK HER FERGUSON AND HE'LL BE FOLLOWED QUICKLY BY ROB SPILLER.

AND THEN WE WELCOME YOUR CONVERSATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, GINA.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR COUNCIL.

GREAT TO BE WITH EVERYBODY HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE EXCITING THINGS HAVING ON OUR 35.

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS IN THE MAKING AND I DO HAVE A PRESENTATION.

IS IT, IS IT BEING PULLED UP? THANK YOU.

HOPEFULLY OUR, OUR TECHNICAL, UH, EQUIPMENT WILL WORK FOR US.

I HAVE SOME GREAT RENDERINGS AND INFORMATION TO SHOW HERE, BUT I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE THIS MORNING.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO, TO BEING ABLE TO GIVE PERIODIC UPDATES ON .

I'VE MET WITH SEVERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS, ALMOST ALL OF THEM IN YOURSELF, MAYOR MULTIPLE TIMES, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS, BUT, UH, JUST, UH, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE NEED FOR THE PROJECT.

DID YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? I DON'T THINK IT'S A SURPRISE TO ANYBODY TO TALK ABOUT THE AUSTIN REGION AND CENTRAL TEXAS BEING ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING REGIONS IN THE STATE OR IN THE COUNTRY.

I'M SORRY.

THE, THE LAST TIME WE HAD ANY MAJOR EXPANSION TO WAS THE ADDITION OF THE UPPER DECKS, UH, NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS THAT WAS AROUND 1974.

AND THE, THE REGION'S POPULATION AROUND THAT TIME WAS ABOUT 308,000 PEOPLE.

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY.

IT'S ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 2.1 AND USING OUR MPOS, UH, THE CAMPO MODEL WE EXPECT IN THE NEXT 25 YEARS, THAT'S ALMOST OVER DOUBLED TO GET ABOUT 4.5 AND 4.7 MILLION PEOPLE.

AND IN THE MEANTIME, WE'VE, WE'VE NOT HAD ANY MAJOR EXPANSION ON BY 35.

SO I'VE HEARD THE, UM, STATEMENTS IN THE PAST OR THE HISTORY THAT IF WE DON'T NECESSARILY BUILD CERTAIN THINGS, PEOPLE WON'T COME WELL.

WE'VE, WE'VE NOT BUILT IT AND THEY'VE COME AND THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO COME.

AND I THINK IT'S BECAUSE OF THE, THE GREAT QUALITY OF LIFE AND BUSINESS CLIMATE THAT WE HAVE IN TEXAS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE HAVE HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS AND THE AUSTIN REGION, THAT'S ATTRACTING THEM.

AND THOSE

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ARE ALL GREAT THINGS.

BUT ALONG WITH THAT DOES BRING ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC.

AND I KNOW WE ARE SHIFTING MODES OF TRAFFIC, BUT EVEN IF A PORTION OF THOSE FOLKS DO BRING VEHICLES AND SUPPLIES AND TRUCKING, UH, WE WILL CONTINUE TO OVERWHELM , WHICH AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW IS THE MOST CONGESTED.

THE NUMBER ONE MOST CONGESTED ROADWAY, UH, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, IT BOUNCES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO, EVERY TIME THAT SURVEY IS TAKEN AND, UH, LAST YEAR SURVEY, IT WAS THE NUMBER ONE MOST CONGESTED.

SO WE WILL REMAIN THERE.

AND IF, IF WE CONTINUE TO, UH, DOWN THIS PATH OF NOT ADDRESSING THE EXPANSION AND THE OTHER NEEDS IN ABOUT 35, IT WILL JUST CONTINUE TO GET WORSE.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS SOME STATISTICS OF, OF THE, THE LOCAL TRAFFIC BREAKDOWN AND A LOT OF THE ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS ON I, 35, OUR LOCAL TRAFFIC.

SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE CAN BYPASS A LOT OF THE TRAFFIC ON I, 35 TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION.

THE MAJORITY OF IT, OR 80 OVER 80% STILL WAS USING THE CORE.

AND WE ASKED SOME ISSUES WITH, WITH, UH, SAFETY.

UH, WE ATTRACT THE SAFETY STATISTICS ON I 35, AND IT DOES HAVE CRASH RATES THAT ARE HIGHER THAN THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE.

AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT AS WELL.

SO GREAT CHALLENGES AHEAD OF US A LOT TO DO, AND A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE IN THE PAST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY.

SO FIRST SHE HIT SPENCER.

UH, THIS SHOWS A TIMELINE AND WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, AND THIS IS A PROJECT THAT'S NOT BEEN, UM, CONCEIVED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND GOT US TO WHERE WE WE ARE, BUT IT GOES BACK TO THE 1980S AND THE NINETIES AND TWO THOUSANDS AND A LOT OF INPUT AND A LOT OF FEASIBILITY AND A LOT OF INVESTMENT HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE ON THIS PROJECT, UM, FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S INVESTMENT ON FEASIBILITY STUDIES TO OUR TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION, LEGISLATURE, IDENTIFYING FUNDS FOR THIS PROJECT.

MOST RECENTLY, CAMPO IDENTIFYING OVER A BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN DEDICATING IT TO .

THERE'S BEEN A MAJOR INVESTMENT IN DOLLARS AND RESOURCES, AND WE'VE ALSO DEVELOPED MANY CONCEPTS OVER THE YEARS, UH, LEARNING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS PROJECT.

I'VE LOOKED BACK AND I'VE SEEN, UH, DIFFERENT CONCEPTS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD SUCH AS, UM, EXTENDING THE ELEVATED DECKS ON THE NORTHERN SIDE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY LIMITS TO ADDRESS CAPACITY AND A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS THAT WE'VE GOTTEN FEEDBACK ON AND WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY AND, UH, AND HAVE ALREADY INCORPORATED A NUMBER OF REVISIONS, INCLUDING REMOVING THE UPPER DECKS AND LOWERING I 35 THROUGH THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR, AS WELL AS ALL OF THE CROSS STREET AND EAST WEST CONNECTIVITY BY SOCAL AND PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATIONS, TRANSIT CONNECTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAKED IN TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.

AND, UH, AND, AND PROUD TO CONTINUE THAT, THAT PARTNERSHIP AND GETTING THAT FEEDBACK FROM THE STAKEHOLDERS FROM THE CITY AND ROB'S TEAM HAS BEEN GREAT IN THE TIME THAT I'VE BEEN HERE.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT CONTINUING, UH, BUT A LOT HAS BEEN DONE TO THIS POINT AND EVOLVED TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THIS SHOWS A DEPICTION OF THE THREE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE JUST SHARED AT OUR RECENT PUBLIC MEETING EARLIER THIS MONTH.

AND, UH, THE TOP LINE AND, AND THIS, I APOLOGIZE.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO, TO UNDERSTAND, BUT IT'S, IF YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF CHANCE TO ART, SOME TIME TO, TO DIG INTO THIS, IT IS VERY DESCRIPTIVE.

AND THIS IS THE PROFILE LOOKING FROM THE SIDE OF THE HALL OF THE HIGHWAY AND THE TOP ONE SHOWS, UH, WHERE THE ELEVATED SECTIONS ARE, WHERE THE, THE CROSS STREETS ARE.

AND, UH, JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW THAT THE YELLOW DOTS ARE THE CROSS STREETS THAT WOULD GO OVER I 35 AND THE RED DOTS ARE CROSS STREETS WHERE GOES OVER THOSE AND THAT TOP ONE IS THE EXISTING TODAY.

AND YOU CAN SEE THE, UH, THE GRAYED OUT AREA ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY ACROSS THAT THAT LINE IS THE UPPER DECKS RIGHT NOW.

SO THEY GO ACROSS THOSE CROSS STREETS.

AND THEN THE THREE, UH, BELOW AT NUMBER, UH, ALTERNATIVE ONE ALTERNATIVE TWO ON ALTERNATIVE THREE WERE THE ONES THAT WERE SHOWN AT OUR PUBLIC MEETING ON AUGUST 10TH, UH, GOING THROUGH THE EVALUATION PROCESS AND, UM, AND LOOKING AT THE, THE, THE BENEFITS AND THE DETRIMENTS OF EACH OF THESE WE'VE ELIMINATED A NUMBER, AN ALTERNATIVE NUMBER TWO, UH, THAT WAS THE ONE WITH THE LONGEST TUNNELING, UH, LONGEST TUNNELING STANDPOINT.

AND WE'VE ELIMINATED THAT AND WE'VE MADE THE DECISION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH NUMBERS TWO AND NUMBER THREE.

AND A LOT OF THE COMMENTS WE'VE GOTTEN, UH, THAT ARE ALL THREE OF THESE ALTERNATIVES ARE VERY SIMILAR IN NATURE AND THEY ARE, UH, BUT WE WILL BE NOW USING AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO CREATIVITY OF OUR DESIGN FEATURES AND OUR COLLABORATION WITH THE CITY, UH, TO LOOK AT ALTERNATIVES WITHIN THESE.

BUT I GO BACK TO THE, THE CHANGES THAT WE'VE MADE AND INCORPORATED OVER THE DECADES WHERE WE'VE REFINED THIS TO THE POINT WHERE WE DO HAVE A VERY, UM, SPECIFIC PROJECT IN PLACE.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OR THE ABILITY TO, UH, SWING WAY OUT OF THE FOOTPRINT THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, JUST BECAUSE OF THE TIGHTNESS OF THE RIGHT OF WAY AND THE BUSINESSES AND THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE BUILT UP.

SO WE ARE VERY LIMITED AND IN A TIGHT FOOTPRINT ALREADY.

SO WE DO HAVE SOME LIMITED LIMITATIONS ON THE ALTERNATIVES THAT WE CAN DO.

UH, BUT WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THESE AND MOVING THESE FORWARD

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AND WORKING WITH THE CITY AND THE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE ON THESE SALOONS.

NEXT, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THESE WERE OUR EVALUATION RESULTS.

AND AS I SAID, ALTERNATIVES, TWO AND THREE WOULD BE CARRIED FORWARD.

AND, UH, THE REASONS FOR THESE IS, AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE FASTER RESPONSE TIMES FOR EMS. WE GOT FEEDBACK FROM OUR EMERGENCY SERVICES PARTNERS.

UH, THE CONSTRUCTION WOULD BE SHORTER AND DURATION.

UH, AS WE KNOW, CONSTRUCTION IS DISRUPTIVE.

ANYTIME YOU DO IT, BUT SPECIFICALLY ON I 35 THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN CORE, IT WILL BE, IT WILL BE DISRUPTIVE FOR THE, UH, MANY FOLKS IN THAT, IN THAT AREA.

AND WE JUST WANT TO CONTINUE TO MOVE TRAFFIC AS EFFICIENTLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE, UH, IMPROVED TAP TRAFFIC OPERATIONS, LESS UTILITY CONFLICTS, FEWER DRAINAGE CONFLICTS, LOWER CONSTRUCTION COSTS, AND THE OVERALL COST OF NOT HAVING TUNNELS WOULD BE A MUCH LOWER BASED ON THE ANNUAL LIFETIME LIFETIME AND LIFE CYCLE COSTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

BUT I DO GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME ON THIS BECAUSE THESE ARE COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS OR, UH, THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR.

AND, UH, WE WERE ASKED TO EVALUATE THESE COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES TO SEE, WOULD THESE BE GOOD SOLUTIONS FOR, FOR .

AND, UM, WE WANTED TO NOT DO THIS WITH OUR OWN INTERNAL STAFF, BUT WE WENT OUTSIDE TO GET AN INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS.

WE HIRED THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE OR TTI TO LOOK AT THE COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES OF RECONNECT AUSTIN, RETHINK 35, AND ALSO INCORPORATE OR LOOK AT THE EVALUATE THE ULI OPTIONS AS WELL, NOT AS A CONCEPT AS A WHOLE, BUT MANY OF THOSE ELEMENTS, UH, AND THE GREAT WORK THAT THAT GROUP DID A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO.

AND BASICALLY WE ASKED TTI TO TELL US TWO SIMPLE THINGS.

NUMBER ONE IS THE CONCEPT VIABLE.

AND WHEN I SAY VIABLE, I KNOW ANYTHING IS VIABLE.

IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO DO CERTAIN THINGS, WE, WE ASKED THE SECOND QUESTION, WHAT WOULD IT COST? BUT THAT WASN'T NECESSARILY A DETERMINING FACTOR OF WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS VIABLE.

UM, SO WE DEFINE VIABLE IS CAN IT BE DONE? AND IF IT IS DONE, HOW DOES IT OPERATE WITH THE TRAFFIC THAT WE HAVE TODAY AND THE PROJECTED TRAFFIC GOING FORWARD, AND WHAT WOULD THOSE OUTCOMES BE? SO, AS YOU CAN SEE ON HERE, THE THREE GRAPHS OR THE THREE MAPS IN THE MIDDLE, UH, SHOW THE PROJECTED TRAFFIC PEAK, UH, AFTERNOON PEAK VOLUMES IN 2045, BASED ON THE CAMPO MODEL.

AND IT SHOWS THE TXDOT ALTERNATIVES, THE ONE, TWO AND THREE THAT I SHOWED ON THE PREVIOUS SLIDE, PLUS THE RECONNECT AUSTIN, UH, CONCEPT AND RETHINK 35.

AND JUST TO RECAP, UH, RECONNECT AUSTIN BASICALLY WOULD BE TO BURRY ALL OF , UH, THE INTERSTATE TRAFFIC AND, AND CAP IT FROM ABOUT, UH, CESAR CHAVEZ TO MLK, UH, PUT THE FRONTAGE ROADS IN THE MIDDLE AND A BOULEVARD TYPE OF SECTION AND REDEVELOP THE LAND ON TOP OF IT.

SO IT'S VERY CONFINING AND IT DOES LIMIT THE ON OFF RAMPS, WHICH WOULD LEAD TO THE, THE, THE RESULTS THAT WE WOULD SEE A RETHINK 35 BASICALLY ELIMINATES THE INITIAL INTERSTATE ENTIRELY AND TURNS IT INTO A BOULEVARD SECTION.

SO IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SIX OR A SEVEN LANE BOULEVARD SECTION WITH TRAFFIC LIGHTS THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

AND THAT IS REFLECTED IN THE, IN THE THIRD ONE.

SO THE LEGEND ON THE LEFT, I WANT TO POINT OUT, SHOWS THE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC VOLUMES BASED ON THE 20, 45 EVENING PEAK VOLUME CHANGES.

AND IF YOU SEE A RED LINE THAT SHOWS THAT THE VOLUME OF THOSE ROADWAYS WOULD INCREASE, AND THEN THE THICKNESS OF THAT RED LINE WOULD DETERMINE HOW MUCH IT INCREASES.

SO THE THICKEST OF RED LINE WOULD BE A 25% OR MORE INCREASE ON THOSE DIFFERENT ROADWAYS.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE TXDOT ALTERNATIVE, UH, WITH THE, THE PROJECTED NUMBERS OF, OF TRAFFIC INCREASING OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS OR SO, UH, WE DO SEE AN INCREASE ON INTERSTATE 35.

IT'S WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT.

UH, WE MAINTAIN THAT A LOT OF TRAFFIC THAT'S ON THE CITY GRID, EVEN TODAY NEEDS TO BE ON 35 ONCE IT'D BE ON 35, BUT THEIR GPS MAY JUST TAKE THEM TO DIVERT A, A SHORT-TERM BLOCKAGE AHEAD.

SO WE WOULD EXPECT TO SEE THE INCREASES ON 35, AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT THAT TRAFFIC TO BE.

IF YOU MOVE OVER TO RECONNECT AUSTIN.

AND AGAIN, SOME OF THE RESTRICTING FACTORS OF GETTING ON AND OFF 35, AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THE RECONNECT WOULD DO, IT PUSHES QUITE A BIT OF THAT TRAFFIC ONTO THE CITY GRID, WHICH ISN'T DESIGNED TO HANDLE THAT AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC NOT DESIGNED TO HANDLE INTERSTATE TRAFFIC.

AND IT DOESN'T OPERATE VERY WELL.

SO YOU CAN SEE A 25% OR MORE INCREASES ON A NUMBER OF THE CITY STREETS, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, MORE TOWARDS THE EAST SIDE THAN THE WEST SIDE, BUT IT DOES BLEED A LOT OF THAT INTERSTATE TRAFFIC OVER ONTO THE CITY GRID.

AND THEN THE THIRD ONE RETHINK 35, UH, IS NOT SURPRISING BASED ON ELIMINATING THE INTERSTATE ALTOGETHER AND TURNING IT INTO A BOULEVARD.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, UH, THE BLUE WITH INTERSTATE 35 TURNING BLUE, THE VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC WOULD GO WAY DOWN ON THE INTERSTATE OR ON THE MAIN LINE, BUT IT PUSHES EVEN MORE TRAFFIC ONTO THE CITY GRID.

SO WITH THESE EVALUATIONS, WE LOOKED AT THESE AND WE FELT INTERSTATE TRAFFIC NEEDS TO STAY ON THE INTERSTATE PUSHING OR BLEEDING TRAFFIC BY RESTRICTING THE

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INTERSTATE 35, PUSHING IT INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUSHING ALL OF THAT TRAFFIC IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO DO.

IT'S, IT'S SIMPLY, ISN'T THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

AND I, AGAIN, I'VE MET WITH, UH, MANY COUNCIL MEMBERS MULTIPLE TIMES, UM, THOSE THAT HAVE NOT VISITED WITH YET COUNCIL MEMBER, UH, KELLY, WE'RE TRYING TO GET ON THE CALENDAR AND WE WILL MEET AND HAVE UPDATES.

UH, BUT I WOULD HAVE A VERY HARD TIME SITTING ACROSS THE TABLE FROM ANY ONE OF YOU, WHETHER IT'S VIRTUALLY OR PHYSICALLY IN A ROOM AND PUTTING A MAP LIKE THIS, TO SAY, WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A PROJECT ON INTERSTATE 35, THAT'S GOING TO PUSH 25% OR MORE OF THAT TRAFFIC ONTO THE CITY GRID.

IT JUST SIMPLY IS NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

SO THESE CONCEPTS IN AND OF THEMSELVES AS STANDALONE PROJECTS, DON'T OPERATE EFFICIENTLY AND DON'T, AND DON'T KEEP THE, THE TRAFFIC ON THAT NEEDS TO BE ON .

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MANY OF THE ELEMENTS IN RECONNECT AND RETHINK ARE THINGS THAT WE'VE INCORPORATED INTO OUR DESIGNS ARE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, UH, AS WE DEVELOP, UH, UH, , UH, FURTHER.

SO I'D GO TO THE NEXT ONE, PLEASE.

AND I WANT TO SHOW THIS BECAUSE THESE ARE OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES ON ALL OF OUR PROJECTS.

WE CALL MOBILITY 35, AND AS YOU CAN SEE MANY OF THESE LINE UP DIRECTLY WITH WHAT RETHINK AND RECONNECT WANT TO DO IS OPTIMIZING THE FOOTPRINT, INCREASING CAPACITY, ENHANCING SAFETY, MINIMIZING THE ADDITIONAL RIGHT AWAY THAT WE WOULD NEED FOR THIS PROJECT, IMPROVING OPERATIONS, THE NEXT TWO, IMPROVING EAST WEST CONNECTIVITY.

WE'RE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO WITH THIS, UH, IMPROVING COMPATIBILITY WITH THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND ENHANCING BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIANS, AND JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE'VE ALREADY ADOPTED AND INCORPORATED INTO.

UH, THE PROJECT WE'LL BE CONSTRUCTING TWO NON TOLD, MANAGED LANES IN EACH DIRECTION ON 35, FROM TWO 90 TO BEN WHITE BOULEVARD, AND THAT'S TO ADDRESS DARCY ADDITIONAL CAPACITY AND THE IMPROVEMENTS IN SAFETY AND OPERATIONS ON THE OTHER EXISTING TRAVEL LANES, WE'RE LOWERING THE TRAVEL LANES.

AND I HAVE AN ILLUSTRATION THAT SHOWS THAT REMOVAL OF THE DECKS AND THEN A RENDERING OF WHAT THAT MAY LOOK LIKE, BUT NOT ONLY IN THE DECK AREA, BUT ALSO IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE WHERE IT'S ELEVATED, WE'LL BE SINKING THAT BELOW GRADE IN THE HIGHEST ELEVATION YOU'LL SEE ON THE ENTIRE CORRIDOR WILL BE THE ELEVATION OF WHERE THE FRONTAGE ROADS RIGHT NOW ARE RIGHT NOW.

EVERYTHING ELSE WOULD BE BELOW THAT.

UH, WE'RE WIDENING OVER 15 EAST WEST CROSSINGS TO INCLUDE BUFFERS, 20 FOOT BUFFERS, AND UP TO 10 FOOT SHARED USE PATHS THAT WILL SEPARATE BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS FROM THE TRAVEL LANES.

WE'RE ADDING SOME NEW EAST WEST CONNECTIONS, ONE FIFTH STREET FOR ALL USERS AND NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT CAP METRO RED LINE, SOUTH, UH, SOUTH OF AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

AND THEN ANOTHER ONE, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 51ST STREET AND US TWO 90, WHERE THE, UH, THE PEDESTRIANS WOULD BE MOST LIKELY TO USE IT.

WE'RE LOOKING AT LOWERING DESIGN SPEEDS ON THE FRONTAGE ROADS TO ENHANCE SAFETY ON THOSE LOCATIONS.

WE'RE PROVIDING OVER 16 MILES OF SHARED USE PATHS WITH, AND WE'LL MAKE THE, THOSE SIDEWALKS, ADA COMPLIANT AND ADDRESS BICYCLE SAFETY, OR MAKING 13 CONNECTIONS TO THE URBAN TRAIL NETWORK.

AND WE HAVE 28 INTERSECTIONS THAT WILL CONTAIN BYPASS LANDS, WHICH REDUCE TRAFFIC ON THE FRONTAGE ROADS AND ALLOW THAT TO OPERATE MORE SMOOTHLY.

SO THE ONE THAT I WANT TO, UH, REALLY FOCUS ON A LITTLE BIT AND EXPAND ON IS, IS INCREASING CAPACITY AND GO BACK TO MY FIRST SLIDE OR MY SECOND SLIDE SHOWING THAT THE, UH, THE WAVE OF POPULATION AND VEHICLES ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE HERE IN THE NEXT 20 OR 25 YEARS, WE DO NEED TO INCREASE CAPACITY.

AND AS A TEXTILE ENGINEER, I'M GOING TO SAY INCREASING CAPACITY DOES NOT ONLY MEAN ADDING LANES.

SO YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT FROM A TEXTILE ENGINEER, BECAUSE I KNOW, BUT ANY TIMES AS TO WE'RE ACCUSED OF INCREASING CAPACITIES, ONLY ADDING LANES, BUT IT'S ALSO MORE THAN JUST ADDING LANES.

IT'S HOW YOU USE THOSE LANES.

AND THE MANAGED LANES THAT WE'RE PROPOSING.

THE TWO NON TOLD MANAGED LANES IN EACH DIRECTION WILL BE HOV AND TRANSIT ONLY OF COURSE, EMERGENCY VEHICLES WILL BE ABLE TO USE THOSE AS WELL, BUT HOV AND TRANSIT PRIORITY LANES.

AND THE ONE THING THAT WE'VE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR THROUGH OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH AND, AND, AND VISITING WITH THE COMMUNITY IS WE NEED TO PR WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE MOVING PEOPLE OVER MOVING VEHICLES.

AND WE 100% AGREE.

THESE MANAGED LANES ACTUALLY WE'LL DO BOTH IN ORDER TO BE IN THE MANAGED LINE.

YOU NEED TO BE IN A HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE WITH TWO OR THREE OR MORE, UH, UH, OCCUPANTS AT IT.

AND THAT'S TO BE DETERMINED THAT, UH, AS WE DEVELOP THE PROJECT OR A BUS TO BE IN THAT LANE OR THOSE TWO LANES, SO WE WILL BE MOVING MORE PEOPLE IN THE SAME OR FEWER NUMBER OF VEHICLES THAN WE DO TODAY.

SO WE'RE ACCOMPLISHING BOTH MOVING PEOPLE, MOVING VEHICLES, BUT ALSO RECOGNIZING THAT THIS TIDAL WAVE OF POPULATION AND VEHICLES IS COMING TO US IN THE NEXT, UH, 20 OR 25 YEARS.

THAT REALLY IS IN RESPONSE TO THE, UH, THE GREAT ECONOMY AND QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE HAVE HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS.

THE SECOND CAPACITY ISSUE I WANT TO ADDRESS, AND I TALKED ABOUT THE BYPASS LANES, UM, IS THE 28 INTERSECTIONS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT PROVIDING THESE BYPASS LINES.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS A, A LANE USAGE THING, NOT

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NECESSARILY JUST ADDING LANES.

SO IF YOU, IF YOU PICTURE YOURSELF ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD SYSTEM AND YOU'RE COMING INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA, UH, MANY TIMES YOU WILL, UH, BE ON THE FRONTAGE ROAD ROAD.

AND IF YOU NEED TO GO SEVERAL BLOCKS, YOU'LL HIT LIGHT AFTER LIGHT, AFTER LIGHT, AFTER LIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN, AND, UM, AND PEAK VOLUME MORNING AND EVENING RUSH HOURS ARE WHAT THE BYPASS LANES WILL DO IS TAKE ONE OF THE LANES, USUALLY THE LEFT LANE OF THE FRONTAGE ROAD AND APPEAL IT OFF.

AND ONCE YOU GET TO A, AN INTERSECTION AT A USUALLY PEEL OFF AND GO DOWN AND UNDER THE CROSS STREET AND BYPASS THAT INTERSECTION, AND IF WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT, THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE GOING MULTIPLE BLOCKS, WILL WE BE ABLE TO APPEAL OFF BYPASS THOSE SIGNALS AND NOT GET STUCK AT EVERY LIGHT AFTER LIGHT? AND REALLY THE ONLY VEHICLES THAT NEED TO BE AT THE SIGNALS WILL BE THE ONES WHO ARE MAKING LEFT AND RIGHT HAND TURNS AT THAT INTERSECTION.

WE THINK THE INCORPORATION OF THESE BYPASS LANES ARE GOING TO BE A GAME CHANGER FOR THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

AND WE'RE INCORPORATING THOSE IN OTHER PROJECTS AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW, THE FIRST ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS THE, UM, THE DIVERGING DIAMOND THAT WE'RE, WE'RE BUILDING AT PARMER LANE.

THAT'S GOING TO HAVE BYPASS LANES AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO AVOID THE SIGNAL WOULD PARMER AND GO AROUND AND UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE, WE'RE DOING THAT ON 28 INTERSECTIONS HERE.

AND I REALLY BELIEVE IT WILL BE A GAME CHANGER, NOT ONLY FOR THE FRONTAGE ROADS, BUT FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO GO MULTIPLE BLOCKS AND KEEP THAT TRAFFIC MOVING AND KEEP IT MOBILE AND KEEP IT MUCH SAFER FOR, FOR EVERYONE.

SO I KNOW THAT CAPACITY IMPROVEMENT, UH, DOES GET A, A BAD RAP SOMETIMES, AND WE'RE ALWAYS ACCUSED OF ONLY ADDING LANES, BUT THE USE OF THE LANES IS AS MUCH IMPORTANT AS ADDING ADDITIONAL CAPACITY TO MEET THE DEMAND.

AND WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE NEXT LOT, PLEASE.

SO HERE'S WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING.

I MENTIONED SOME OF THESE IN MY, IN MY COMMENTS ALREADY, WE'RE LOWERING TRAVEL LANES, UH, MORE THAN 15 WIDENED EAST-WEST CROSSINGS, UH, WITH THE FUTURE OF FIFTH STREET AND SOME OF THE OTHER ONES THAT THE NEW LOCATIONS, LOWER DESIGN SPEEDS AND ENHANCED PERSON CARRYING CAPACITY.

BUT WHAT I REALLY WANTED, SO SHOW ON THIS, IT'S A RENDERING THAT WE JUST PUT TOGETHER OF WHAT A, A WIDENED BRIDGE WITH SOME BUFFERS AND, UH, SOME SEPARATION BETWEEN, UH, THE TRAVEL LANES AND THE BICYCLE PATHS OR THE SIDEWALK COULD LOOK LIKE.

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE AESTHETICS PROGRAM AND REINVIGORATING THAT TO WORK WITH THE CITY AND STAKEHOLDERS TO REALLY CAPTURE THE CHARACTER OF THE CITY AND INCLUDE, UH, ART OR SCULPTURES OR SHADE STRUCTURES OR ANYTHING THAT WILL BE DETERMINED AT A LATER TIME.

AND NOW, AGAIN, THIS IS A RENDERING, UH, THE DIFFERENT, THE VINYL DESIGN, A DECISION WILL BE FORTHCOMING, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE PUT TOGETHER TO SHOW WHAT IS POSSIBLE ON MANY OF THESE CROSS BRIDGES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ENHANCING SAFETY IS NUMBER ONE FOR US AS WELL.

AND THIS IS JUST A, A, A SHOT OF THE EXISTING AIRPORT BOULEVARD.

AND THEN THE ALTERNATIVES ONE AND TWO, UH, THIS WOULD BE, UH, ALTERNATE OR I'M SORRY, ALTERNATIVES TWO AND THREE.

UM, EVERYTHING WOULD BE A GROUND LEVEL EXCEPT FOR THE OVERPASS ON ALTERNATIVE THREE, GOING OVER, UH, AIRPORT BOULEVARD, BUT THIS SHOWING AIRPORT, BECAUSE THIS IS ONE WHERE WE ARE WORKING WITH THE CITY AND MY TRIMBLE'S GROUP TO POSSIBLY LOOK AT SOME PLAZA AREAS OR WIDENED BRIDGES, UH, FOR CAPS AND STITCHES AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.

BUT, UH, AGAIN, SOME RENDERINGS, THESE, UH, THE DETAILS WILL BE DETERMINED AS WE FINALIZE THE DESIGN ON THIS, UH, BUT VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR, UH, FOR MANY OF THESE LOCATIONS.

NEXT SLIDE ONE LAST RENDERING.

THIS IS, UH, I 35 AT SIXTH STREET.

AND I POINT THIS OUT BECAUSE AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT ON THE, THE CURRENT, UH, PICTURE OF THIS IS THAT'S THE ELEVATED SECTION ON FILM MATERIAL THAT SORT OF SEPARATES AND GIVES THAT VISUAL BARRIER BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE WEST SIDE.

AND THAT'LL BE COMING DOWN, WE'LL, WE'LL BE SINKING BELOW THE CROSS STREET.

AND IT WOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THE RENDERING ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THAT.

BUT AGAIN, FINAL DESIGN WILL DETERMINE THE FINAL DETAILS, BUT WE DO INTEND ON SINKING IT, ALTHOUGH THE GROUNDS FROM THE CROSS STREET, IN THE FRONT OF THE ROAD LEVEL SLIDE, OH, AND ONE LAST ONE, THIS IS AT FOUR STREET WHERE WE'LL BE ADDING THE, THE, UM, THE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE ACCOMMODATIONS RIGHT THERE AT THE RED LINE.

UH, THIS IS ON BOTH ALTERNATIVES, TWO AND THREE, SO IT WILL BE ACCOMMODATING, UH, ADDITIONAL MODES OF TRAFFIC ON THIS NEXT SLIDE.

I WANTED TO SHOW THIS, AND IT'S PROBABLY VERY SMALL AND VERY, UH, DETAILED AND, AND HARD TO SEE, BUT THIS IS ACTUALLY, UM, TWO, TWO STRIPS OF AND A FEW PICTURE, A NORTH IS TO THE LEFT AND THE TOP SCHEMATIC OR THE TOP STRIP GOES FROM AIRPORT TO ABOUT MAINER.

AND THEN THAT MATCHED LINE AT THE END OF THAT TOP STRIP WOULD MATCH WITH THE LEFT-HAND LINE ON THE BOTTOM STRIP.

SO THIS IS, THIS IS LAYING OUT THE WHOLE THING, AND I LABELED THE ROADWAYS.

SO YOU CAN GET A FRAME OF REFERENCE, BUT LOOKING, UH, AT WHAT POTENTIAL WE

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HAVE OF CAPPING AND OR STITCHING CERTAIN LOCATIONS, THIS IS WHAT, UH, WAS, WAS, UM, PROPOSED BY THE ULI LAST FEBRUARY WHEN THEY CAME AND BROUGHT THEIR NATIONWIDE EXPERTS INTO US AND GAVE US SOME SUGGESTIONS, AS WELL AS WHAT TTI HAD HAD, HAD IDENTIFIED AS LOCATION, WHERE WE COULD POSSIBLE NEED FURTHER EVALUATION ON THE CAP AND STITCH LOCATIONS, BUT BASICALLY CAPS OUR DECK PLAZAS BETWEEN CROSS STREETS AND STITCHES ARE WIDENED, WIDENED BRIDGES.

SO YOU CAN SEE AT THE AIRPORT, WE HAVE POTENTIAL FOR A CAP SHOWN IN GREEN AT 38TH STREET, THAT WOULD BE A STITCH OR A WIDER BRIDGE WHERE WE COULD EXPAND THEIR, UH, OTHER CAPITOL LOCATIONS AND POTENTIALS AT DEAN KEATON AND MANNER BETWEEN 12TH AND 11TH, AND THEN FROM EIGHTH TO CESAR CHAVEZ.

AND THEN THE AT 15TH STREET, A POTENTIAL FOR A STITCH ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF 15TH STREET, BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CITY AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

AND PLEASE WORK WITH MY TREMBLE HAS BEEN A FANTASTIC PARTNER IN THIS AND LOOKING AT DEVELOPING THIS, THEY HAVE A CONSULTANT ON BOARD THAT ARE LOOKING FOR THESE POSSIBILITIES AND ALSO FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE THESE AND INCORPORATE THEM INTO OUR PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, LET'S TOUCH A LITTLE BIT ON THE OUTREACH.

WE'VE DONE THIS, UH, ON THIS PROJECT, WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF MEETINGS AND I BELIEVE THE MEETINGS THAT I HAVE HAD PERSONALLY WITH MANY OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AND NEW MAYOR ARE NOT INCLUDED HERE.

SO I'VE PROBABLY HAD 20 TO 30, 28 TO 30 MEETINGS MYSELF, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU ALL TO HAVE THE LATEST INFORMATION ON WHAT'S HAPPENING ON AND GETTING FEEDBACK FROM YOU.

UH, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU THE DEVELOPMENTS THAT WE'RE SEEING AND HEARING FROM YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND, AND MANY TIMES THERE ARE MISUNDERSTANDINGS, AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS SO YOU CAN ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AS WELL AS, UH, BRINGING, UH, CONCERNS AND ISSUES TO US.

WE CAN INCORPORATE THOSE INTO, INTO OUR PROJECT AND, UH, DEVELOPMENT, UH, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, MAKE A SIMILAR PRESENTATION YESTERDAY TODAY, AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMMERCE AT THEIR MOBILITY SUMMIT WAS ABLE TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH, UM, UH, WITH OUR PARTNERS AT CAP METRO AND HEARD HER PRESENTATION ABOUT PROJECT CONNECT.

AND, UM, OUR PROJECT DOVETAILS VERY CLOSELY WITH WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO.

AND AS WE LOOK AT THE POPULATION EXPLOSION, THAT'S COMING OUR WAY, THERE'S NOT ONE SINGLE SOLUTION THAT IN AND OF ITSELF CAN HELP LESSEN THE IMPACTS OF THE TRAFFIC THAT'S COMING OUR WAY.

AND WE'RE PROUD AND PLEASED TO WORK WITH KAT METRO.

SO OUR PROJECT WORKS HAND IN HAND WITH ARROWS TO ADDRESS IT AT ALL MODES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THAT'S THE LAST SLIDE THAT I HAD PREPARED, BUT I DO WANT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING.

THAT'S, THAT'S GOTTEN SOME ATTENTION OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO, AND IT'S REFERRING TO A COMMENT OR A QUOTE THAT HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO OUR CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN, BRUCE BUG, CHAIRMAN OF OUR TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION THAT SAID THAT HE MADE A COMMENT LAST YEAR AT A COMMISSION MEETING IN FEBRUARY WHERE HE COMMITTED TXDOT TO NOT GOING ANY NO HIGHER OR NO WIDER WITHOUT .

AND I'M SURE YOU'VE SEEN THE, THE, THE NEWS RELEASE AND SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN OUT THERE IT'S BEEN SPREAD PRETTY FAR AND WIDE.

AND, UM, THE NO HIGHER, NO WIDER MOTTO IS SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN, UM, REPEATED MANY TIMES BY MANY IN THE COMMUNITY AS, AS A VISION AND AN ASPIRATIONAL GOAL FOR THIS PROJECT.

AND THE, UM, THE, THE QUOTE THAT, UH, CHAIRMAN BUG MADE LAST YEAR.

I WAS ACTUALLY AROUND WHEN THAT HAPPENED.

IT WAS AFTER A COMMISSION MEETING, AND IT WAS A, A SCRUM OF REPORTERS THAT WERE ASKING HIM, UH, SEVERAL QUESTIONS.

AND, UM, AND IT WAS, IT WAS A COMMENT THAT, THAT, THAT HE MADE, BUT I BELIEVE WHAT'S BEEN PORTRAYED OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS OR SO AS A LITTLE BIT MISLEADING BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GO BACK AND LISTEN TO THAT RECORDING AND SEE THE QUOTES.

AND, UM, IN ORDER FOR ME NOT TO MESS IT UP, I I'M GOING TO READ SPECIFICALLY WHAT THE QUESTION AND THE ANSWER WAS.

SO THE QUESTION WAS AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OF THE, UH, THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OF THE MEETING, AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER BROUGHT UP CONCERNS THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES RIGHT ALONG I, 35 ARE BUSINESSES GOING TO BE DISPLACED AS A RESULT OF THIS EXPANSION AND CHAIRMAN BUG'S COMMENT, HIS QUOTE BACK WAS, WELL, OUR COMMITMENT IS NO HIGHER AND NO WIDER.

AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO DISRUPT LOCAL BUSINESSES AS LEAST AS POSSIBLE.

WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

AND HE SAYS, HE IS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HIMSELF, PRIVATE BUSINESS SECTOR.

AND HE SEES WHAT CONSTRUCTION LIKE THAT HAS DONE TO PRIVATE BUSINESSES.

AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO TRY TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES.

AND HE FURTHER WENT TO SAY THAT HE WAS QUOTED THAT, UH, COMMITTING TO NO HIGHER OR NO WATER TO AVOID DISRUPTION TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, BUT FINAL ENGINEERING DECISIONS WILL COME AT A LATER STAGE IN THE PROCESS.

SO TAKING THE ENTIRE CONTEXT OF WHAT CHAIRMAN BHAGAT SAID, HE RECOGNIZES THAT ENGINEERING DECISIONS WILL BE DEVELOPED AND BASED ON THE NEPA PROCESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS

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THROUGHOUT THIS NOW, WITH THAT SAID NO HIGHER, NO WIDER, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY TRY TO AND STRIVE TO DO ON MANY OF OUR PROJECTS, NO MATTER WHERE WE DO, WE, WE UNDERSTAND THAT TAKING PROPERTY AND TAKING REAL ESTATE IS VERY SENSITIVE.

AND GOING BACK TO THE GOALS THAT I HAD SHOWED EARLIER, UH, OPTIMIZING THE RIGHT OF WAY AND MINIMIZING RIGHT, UH, RIGHT AWAY, UH, TAKES IS ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES THAT WE WILL TRY TO SQUEEZE THAT DOWN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

SO AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND DEVELOP THESE PLANS OF WORKING WITH THE CITY AND THE STAKEHOLDERS AND THE COMMUNITY GROUPS AROUND US, WE WILL CONTINUE TO ATTEMPT TO SQUEEZE FOOTPRINT OF THIS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT IT CHAIRMAN BUG REALIZED THAT THOSE DECISIONS WILL BE MADE DURING THE DESIGN PROCESS AND THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS WILL DRIVE WHAT THAT FINAL FOOTPRINT LOOKS LIKE.

BUT OUR COMMITMENT IS TO SQUEEZE IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND MINIMIZE THOSE DISRUPTIONS.

SO I FELT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY THAT BECAUSE WHAT I'VE SEEN IN SOME PRESS RELEASES AND SOME QUOTES IN ARTICLES ONLY TAKES THAT SMALL SNIPPET OF WHAT CHAIRMAN BUCK SAID.

HE DID SAY THOSE WORDS, BUT IT DOES TAKE IT OUT OF THE FULLER CONTEXT OF WHAT HE MEANT AND WHAT THE PROCESS, UH, FORCES US TO DO AS WE GO THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM.

SO AGAIN, OUR COMMITMENT IS TO MINIMIZE THE TAKES.

SO WITH THAT IN CLOSING, I REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, THE, THE ATTENTION AND THE INVITATION MAYOR TO, TO PRESENT THE FINDINGS AND WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW.

AND AS WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, WE'LL LOOK AT THESE ALTERNATIVES, WORKED WITH THE CITY, UH, WORK WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO PUT TOGETHER THE BEST POSSIBLE PLAN FOR OUR REGION.

UM, W W WE ALL NEED TO BE AWARE THAT DOING NOTHING IS STILL ON THE TABLE.

ANYTIME YOU GO THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, UH, THE NO BUILD OPTION IS ONE OF THE OPTIONS THAT NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED AGAINST ALL OF THE, THE OTHERS, BUT IT WOULD BE, IT WOULD BE DISAPPOINTING TO TAKE ALL OF THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE TO THIS POINT.

AND WE HAVE A FULLY FUNDED PROJECT BY THE DEDICATION OF OUR COMMISSION AND THROW THAT ALL AWAY, UH, BECAUSE ALL OF THESE ENHANCEMENTS OF THE CROSS STREET BRIDGES AND THE SHARED USE PATHS AND THE TRANSIT CONNECTIONS, UH, NONE OF THOSE DO GET TO BE DONE IF WE DON'T DO THE CORE PROJECT AS WELL.

SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING THIS FORWARD, ASKING YOUR CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP, AND ROB'S GROUP HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER WITH US AND, UH, AND, AND LOOK FORWARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS OF A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT.

SO THANK YOU.

AND, UH, I WILL PAUSE AND SEE IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS ACTUALLY.

SORRY.

WE COULD JUST GO RIGHT INTO DIRECTOR SPILLER'S

[B2. City of Austin Goals for the I-35 Project.]

PRESENTATION, AND THEN WE'LL OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH THOUGH.

OKAY, COOL.

THANKS.

IF WE CAN GET THE NEXT PRESENTATION.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU, MARIN COUNCIL.

LET'S GOOD TO BE HERE IN CHAMBERS AND MAKING A PRESENTATION.

I DON'T THINK I'VE MADE A FORMAL PRESENTATION TO YOU SINCE BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

SO IT'S KIND OF NICE JUST TO BE BACK.

UM, I DO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO TALK HER INTO ALL THE STAFF AT, UM, THE TEXT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPECIALTY, THE AUSTIN DISTRICT.

THEY HAVE BEEN GOOD TO WORK WITH.

UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A REALLY TOUGH PROJECT, AND I WANT TO REITERATE SOMETHING THAT TUCKER SAID IS WE'RE, WE'RE NOT AT THE END OF THE PROJECT.

WE'RE, WE'RE VERY MUCH IN THE PROCESS OF DEFINING WHAT THOSE FINAL ALTERNATIVES WILL BE AS THEY CONTINUE TO BE REFINED AS WE GO FORWARD.

UH, AND SO, UM, THAT'S REALLY WHAT I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.

AND SO IF I COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL, WE RECEIVED SOME PREVIOUS DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL, AND I'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE YOU REMEMBER THAT, UH, YOU ASKED CITY STAFF TO ENGAGE WITH TEXTILE AND DEVELOPING RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL.

I HAVE A FEW OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS TODAY.

YOU ASKED US TO ASSIST TXDOT IN AMPLIFYING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS.

UH, WE ACTUALLY HAVE A CITY WEBSITE ON THAT, THAT COMMUNICATES ALL OF OUR COMMUNICATIONS TO TXDOT IN A TRANSPARENT WAY SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET ACCESS TO THAT.

THAT WEBSITE ALSO PROVIDES, UM, INFORMATION ON UPCOMING PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESSES.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO ASSISTED, UH, WITH, UH, OBVIOUSLY THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE IN ANALYZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIDS AND BRIDGES.

UH, AS I SAID EARLIER, UH, THAT EFFORTS LED BY MIKE TREMBLE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ATD, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE ENGINEERING, UH, THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT DECISIONS THAT TECHSTOP MAY HAVE.

UH, WE WERE ALSO INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING SURE AS THIS PICTURE SHOWS, UH, THAT WE HAD THE MATERIALS PUBLISHED IN, IN, UH, MAJOR LIBRARIES AROUND TOWN SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GAIN ACCESS TO IT, UH, AS WE'VE MOVED FORWARD, IF WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PROCESS, BUT I THINK OUR STAFF HAS ALREADY BEEN ON RECORD AND I'LL GO ON RECORD AGAIN, UH, SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO YOU.

FIRST OF ALL, WE THINK THAT IS INCREDIBLY STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE CITY REGION.

AND SO, UH, AS DISCUSSED

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BY, UH, TUCKER, YOU KNOW, SIMPLY REMOVING DOES NOT MAKE STRATEGIC SENSE IN TERMS OF THE FREIGHT THAT MOVES UP AND DOWN THIS CORRIDOR, OUR CONNECTIONS TO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND EMPLOYEE BASE, AS WELL AS RAW MATERIALS.

WE THINK THAT, UH, CITY OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS MANY OF THE COMMUNITIES ALONG HAVE REALLY GROWN UP AND FORMED AROUND, UH, A LIMITED ACCESS FREEWAY IN THIS QUARTER.

AND SO WE, WE SEE THAT AS NECESSARY GOING INTO THE FUTURE.

AND SO, UH, LIKE TECH STOCK, UM, BELIEVES, UH, ELIMINATING SIMPLY IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE THAT WE WOULD RECOMMEND TO YOU TO, TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AS, AS VIABLE.

I CAN GO TO THE NEXT ALTERNATIVE, UM, OR NEXT SLIDE, SORRY, THAT SAID, UM, THE CURRENT DESIGN OF ESSENTIALLY THE NO BUILD, THE EXISTING CONDITION REALLY IS NOT SUSTAINABLE.

UH, WE KNOW THAT THIS CORRIDOR IS ONE OF THE MORE, UM, UH, DANGEROUS CORRIDORS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, JUST OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THERE'S BEEN 40 PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE FATALITIES, UH, IN CROSSING THE MAIN LINES AS WELL AS THE FRONTAGE ROAD.

SO WE KNOW THAT THE DESIGN IS LEADING TO THIS UNSAFE CONDITION.

UH, WE KNOW THAT EVERY DAY, OR IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY WEEK SOME PORTION OF IT IS CLOSED DUE TO A VEHICLE TO VEHICLE CRASH.

UH, IT ONLY CLOSES WHEN IT'S SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO REQUIRE A FATALITY INVESTIGATION AND, OR A MAJOR BLOCKAGE.

AND SO, UH, THOSE TWO ITEMS ALONG WITH THE FACT, AS TUCKER SAID THAT CURRENTLY IS A BARRIER TO EAST-WEST TRAFFIC LEADING TO MANY OF THE FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INCIDENTS, UH, IN PEOPLE TRYING TO GET ACROSS THAT SIMPLY STAYING PUT AND WHERE WE ARE, THE NO BUILD IS, IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM SOLUTION HERE.

AND SO, UM, LIKE MANY IN THE REGION, UH, ATD, AND I BELIEVE THAT, UH, WE NEED A TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECT TO TRANSFORM THIS CORRIDOR, TO IMPROVE BOTH EAST WEST, AS WELL AS NORTH SOUTH TRAVEL THROUGH THIS CORRIDOR.

AND THAT IS A CRITICAL ITEM THAT LEADS US TO THE BUILD ALTERNATIVES, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND, AND THIS IS WHERE I THINK, UH, WHOOPS, WRONG DIRECTION.

I THINK THERE WE GO.

ONE MORE.

THERE YOU GO.

UH, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES AND THIS IS A EXTREMELY SIMPLIFIED, UH, UM, CONCEPT TO, TO ILLUSTRATE AN ISSUE, UH, YOU KNOW, TXDOT HAS COME TO US WITH THREE BUILD ALTERNATIVES.

UM, REALLY THEY PROVIDE THE SAME CAPACITY AS INDICATED BY TUCKER, UH, STACKED IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

AND SO WE'VE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH, UM, OPTIMIZING THOSE LINES.

AND SO MANY OF MY COMMENTS YOU'RE ON WILL BE ABOUT HOW DO WE OPTIMIZE THOSE, UH, LANES? I THINK ANOTHER THING IS THAT WE LIKE MANY OTHER FOLKS AT THIS POINT IN THE PROJECT WERE SURPRISED BY, UM, THE NUMBER OF DISPLACEMENTS THAT ARE POTENTIAL FROM THESE ALTERNATIVES.

UH, BUT NOW WE HAVE A NUMBER AND AN INITIAL DESIGN TO WORK FROM, UH, THAT WE ARE EAGER TO WORK IN DETAIL WITH, UH, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SEE HOW WE CAN MINIMIZE THOSE IMPACTS AND MAKE SURE THAT ANY DISPLACEMENTS ARE ONLY THOSE THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY UNAVOIDABLE AS WE GO FORWARD.

UH, WE'VE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH TXDOT ON DESIGN OPTIONS, UH, IN SOME OF THOSE YOU'LL SEE IN THE NEXT SLIDES.

UH, BUT IF I CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UM, IT WILL REALLY ILLUSTRATE THE CONCEPT.

WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SKINNY UP THIS ALTERNATIVE EITHER BY DESIGN ELEMENTS OR BY TAKING A LOOK AT HOW WE CAN OPTIMIZE THE, THE LANE ELEMENTS OR THE OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS CORRIDOR.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE, UH, ATD STAFF IN TECH STOCK, THANK YOU ARE ENGAGING RIGHT NOW.

AND I KNOW BEFORE THIS MEETING, I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH, UH, TUCKER AND HE SAID, OF COURSE, WE WANT TO SEE HOW, IF THERE'S POSSIBILITY OF SKINNING UP THIS CORRIDOR.

AND SO THE REST OF MY COMMENTS ARE GOING TO BE ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT THINK ABOUT OPTIMIZING THIS DESIGN SO THAT IT IS SOMETHING TRULY THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF, UH, AND POLICIES AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS THE REGION AND THE STATE AS A WHOLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO WHERE DO WE GO TO LOOK FOR, UH, INSPIRATION OR OPPORTUNITIES TO, TO, TO, UH, MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS CORRIDOR? YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, THAT, UH, WE FIRMLY BELIEVE IS THAT WE NEED TO BE USING THE LATEST NATIONAL AND, UM, UH, BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES.

AND THAT MAY PUSH US TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT NOT NECESSARILY DOING EVERYTHING, UH, WHICH IS IN TEXTILE DESIGN MANUAL.

IT MAY FORCE US TO LOOK BEYOND THAT, UH, TO EXPERIENCES OTHER LOCATIONS.

UH, THIS PICTURE HERE IS ACTUALLY 51ST STREET INTERCHANGE, AND, AND WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT IN THE STANDARD REPERTOIRE OF TXDOT OR THE CITY OF AUSTIN BEFORE WE ENGAGED TOGETHER AND ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH A, UH, A SUPERIOR DESIGN HERE THAT MET THIS LOCATION.

THIS OF COURSE IS NOT A PANACEA SOLUTION FOR THE WHOLE CORRIDOR, BUT CLEARLY LOOKING TO NATIONAL BEST PRACTICES IS ONE PLACE WHERE WE CAN GO TO, UH, IMPROVE THE DESIGN.

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UM, AND THAT INCLUDES THE SEPARATING OF LANES.

UH, I THINK TUCKER CALLED THEM BYPASS LINES.

I CALL THEM CIRCULATION AND DISTRIBUTION OR CD LANES AND MAXIMIZE THE LANES THAT WE ARE BUILDING IN THIS CORRIDOR, UH, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

AND PART OF THAT, UH, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE A PART OF THE PROBLEM WITH THE EXISTING FACILITIES.

EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THE SAME LANE TYPE.

EVERYTHING HAPPENS ON THE MAIN LINES, THE MIXING, THE EXITING, THE ENTERING, UH, THE HOV, THE TRANSIT LANES, ALONG WITH A SINGLE OCCUPANCY AND FREIGHT LANE, UH, FREIGHT, UH, TRAFFIC.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY USING OPERATIONALLY INFORMED DESIGN SOLUTIONS, BRINGING IN EXPERTS, UH, IN THE OPERATIONS OF HOV OR, UH, CONTINUING TO, TO, UH, ARGUE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO IN THE FUTURE, CONVERT THIS TO HOTLINE, CONCEPTS, UH, HOV AND TOLL AS THEY DO IN DALLAS AND HOUSTON, UH, LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN INCENTIVIZE TRANSIT AND HOW WE CAN MAXIMIZE ACCESS TO CENTRAL AUSTIN.

I THINK HE'S RIGHT REALLY IMPORTANT.

UH, AND THEN ALSO LOOKING AT TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOWS US TO MANAGE THIS IN REAL TIME, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT DEMAND IS GOING TO CHANGE OVER TIME, AND WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO SEPARATION LANE PURPOSE, UH, YOU'VE HEARD THAT THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF LANES.

UH, CERTAINLY THERE'S THE CIRCULATION DISTRIBUTION LANES.

THEY'RE GOING TO OPERATE MUCH LIKE THE CURRENT MAIN LANES THROUGH DOWNTOWN TODAY.

THEY ALLOW THAT MIXING OF TRAFFIC FROM THE SURFACE LINES, THE FRONTAGE ROADS ONTO THE FREEWAY ORGANIZES IT BEFORE IT PUTS IT BACK INTO THE MAIN LINES.

THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT, UH, BUT THERE'S ALSO THE FRONTAGE ROADS IN, AND ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT ARE AT THE SURFACE.

UH, I BELIEVE WE CAN DESIGN THOSE MUCH MORE LIKE A CITY ARTERIAL BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THEY'RE GOING TO FUNCTION.

UH, AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE CONTROLLED IN SPEED REALLY BY THEIR SIGNAL SYSTEM.

UH, WE DON'T NEED ANY OTHER TYPES OF SPEED CONTROL DEVICES.

THE SIGNAL SYSTEMS WILL LARGELY CONTROL THE FLOW.

AND SO IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE DESIGN THEM TO FIT WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, IN TERMS OF OUR ARTERIAL SYSTEM, I'VE LIKENED THE FUTURE FRONTAGE ROAD SYSTEM THROUGH, UH, CENTRAL AUSTIN TO THINK ABOUT GUADALUPE AND LAVACA.

THAT ESSENTIALLY IS, UH, A ONE-WAY PAIR OF ARTERIALS.

AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT, UH, THE FUTURE OF FRONTAGE ROADS WILL LOOK LIKE.

BUT THEN WE ALSO NEED TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACTS ON ADJACENT LAND USES.

AND ONE OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT WE CAN USE IS USE IS CAMMIE LEVERING, THE FRONTAGE ROADS OUT OVER THE MAIN LINES, AND THAT REQUIRES A HIGHER LEVEL OF, OF CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN.

UH, BUT I THINK THAT THAT CAN HAPPEN.

I MEAN, JUST IMAGINE INSTEAD OF THE FRONT DREADS BEING LIKE THIS, TURNING THEM AROUND AND PUTTING THEM OUT OVER SOME OF THE GENERAL PURPOSE LINES.

NOW THAT'S GOING TO COMPLICATE RAMPING AND ACCESS TO THE SURFACE.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, BUT THE CITY ALSO BELIEVES THAT, UM, NOT ONLY IN THIS STATE, BUT OTHER PLACES, UH, COMMUNITIES HAVE DEALT WITH THOSE TYPE OF RAMPING NEEDS USING PORTAL RAMPS THAT MAY NOT COME OUT LIKE THE TRADITIONAL RAMPS THAT, UH, THAT DRIVERS IN TEXAS ARE USED TO, UH, MORE OF A DIAMOND OR DIVERGING DIAMOND TYPE.

UH, BUT THESE MAY COME PERPENDICULAR TO CROSS STREETS FOR INSTANCE.

AND SO, UH, UP ON THE CLYDE WARREN, THERE'S CERTAINLY A PORTAL RAMP.

AND THEN, UH, THIS OTHER EXAMPLE FROM SEATTLE WASHINGTON IS OFF, UH, THE INTERSTATE FIVE.

AND SO, UH, WE ARE WORKING WITH CHECK SPOT TO LOOK AT THE RAMPING VERY CAREFULLY AND SEE HOW WE CAN DO THAT.

I THINK ONE IMPORTANT THING THOUGH, IS AS WE LOOK AT THESE MORE EXOTIC RAMP TYPES, UH, THERE'S THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE, THOSE THEMSELVES MAY CAUSE DISRUPTIONS OR DISPLACEMENTS.

AND AS THAT HAPPENS, UH, WE MAY GET INTO A CONVERSATION ABOUT, UH, TRADING OFF POINT DISPLACEMENTS, IF YOU WILL, AT INTERSECTIONS FOR MORE OF THOSE LINEAR DISPLACEMENTS THAT MAY BE OCCURRED BY THE CURRENT CONCEPTS AS THEY'RE DESIGNED.

UH, BUT OUR GOAL WILL BE TO MINIMIZE THOSE IMPACTS, UH, THROUGHOUT THE CORRIDOR, AND REALLY TRY TO LOWER THOSE NUMBERS AND LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES, UH, TO FIT THIS FACILITY INTO OUR EXISTING DEVELOPMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I THINK ANOTHER THING IS WE, THEY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE OPERATIONS.

YOU KNOW, I'VE WORKED ON A NUMBER OF MANAGED LANES SYSTEMS, WHETHER THEY BE MANAGED BY A LOCATION WHERE YOU CAN GET INTO THEM BY HOV OR OCCUPANCY BY TYPE OF VEHICLE TRANSIT, UH, OR EVEN BY TOLL MANAGE VARIABLE TOLL MANAGE.

AND I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO BRING IN THE OPERATIONAL STUDY OF HOW THESE LANES MIGHT OPERATE IN THE FUTURE SO THAT WE CAN OPTIMIZE THE DESIGN TODAY.

A GOOD EXAMPLE IS, DO WE NEED ALL THE CAPACITY THAT WE'RE DESIGNING AN HOV, UH, TO GO PASS DOWNTOWN? DO WE NEED TO HAVE THAT HOV BE MORE DESIGNED FOR THE MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CENTERS OF UTI THE CAPITAL COMPLEX IN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT? BECAUSE IN FACT, I THINK OUR STUDIES WILL SHOW THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE DEMAND IN TERMS OF HIGH

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COME SEE VEHICLE.

AND CERTAINLY TRANSIT IS DESTINED FOR THE MAJOR EMPLOYMENT CENTERS, NOT GOING BY IT.

UH, ALTERNATIVELY, IF WE CAN, UM, CONVINCE THE STATE TO, TO BROADEN THEIR THINKING ON FUTURE TOLL OPPORTUNITIES, WHETHER IT BE HOV, TOLL KIND OF CONCEPT, UH, THEN THOSE LANES MAY PROVIDE A DIFFERENT PURPOSE, MEANING THEY MAY PROVIDE A BETTER WAY TO PROVIDE PREMIUM THROUGH TRAFFIC THROUGH THIS CENTRAL OF AUSTIN.

AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN MAYBE WE CAN LOOK AT, UM, UH, THE OTHER LANES, THE MAIN LANES AND THE CD LANES AND ASK OURSELVES, DO WE NEED ALL OF THOSE, IF, IF WE HAVE ACCESS TO THAT CENTRAL MANAGED FACILITY TO PROVIDE SOME OF THAT CAPACITY.

SO THOSE ARE THE SOME QUESTIONS WHERE I THINK WE CAN TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE CAN SKINNY UP THIS CORRIDOR, UH, AND THEN ALSO REFLECT THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, UH, AT THE STREET LEVEL CRITERIA LEVEL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YES, YOU'RE ALSO GETTING HERE CITY STAFF BEGIN TO ADVOCATE MORE FOR OTHER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES TO BE BUILT INTO THE ROADWAY SYSTEM.

UH, SPECIFICALLY THE ABILITY TO MANAGE SPEEDS, UH, VARIABLY ON THIS CORRIDOR, I THINK WILL BE AN IMPORTANT FUTURE TECHNOLOGY TO EMBED INTO THE CORRIDOR.

UH, WE KNOW THAT WE CAN REDUCE CRASHES IF WE CAN CONTROL SPEED DEPENDING ON DOWNSTREAM CHARACTERISTICS.

AND SO, UH, CERTAINLY THERE'S OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE, UH, DEPLOYED SIMILAR SYSTEMS TO, AS YOU SEE HERE, AGAIN, THIS IS FROM INTERSTATE FIVE IN THE NORTHWEST, UH, WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO SHOW AN IMPROVED TRAFFIC FLOW AND A REDUCED ACCIDENT CHARACTERISTICS.

SO AGAIN, TRYING TO BUILD AS MUCH TECHNOLOGY INTO THIS CORRIDOR AS POSSIBLE.

WE KNOW THAT THAT, UH, TRAVEL NEEDS ARE GOING TO CHANGE DRAMATICALLY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DECADES, UH, WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF AUTOMATION, A RUBBER TIRED, HIGH SPEED, CAPACITY TRANSIT, AND POTENTIAL AUTOMATION IN THAT, UH, CATEGORY.

AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS ROADWAY IS SUSTAINABLE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, UH, SO THAT IT CAN ADAPT AND, AND BE RESILIENT AS WE MOVE INTO THIS UNKNOWN FUTURE INTO THE FUTURE.

EXPLAIN, UM, W YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLY PROUD TO HEAR TUCKER TALKING ABOUT, UH, AESTHETICS AND, AND ART IN THE CORRIDOR.

I THINK THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE.

AND, AND YOU'LL CONTINUE TO HEAR STAFF ADVISE YOU THAT, THAT WE NEED TO, UM, COMMUNICATE TO TXDOT AND THE REGION, UH, THAT THIS IS, THIS PROJECT NEEDS TO DEAL WITH THE EAST WEST, AS WELL AS THE NORTH SOUTH.

UH, YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT ALL THE NEW CONNECTIONS GOING IN AND THE POSSIBILITY, UH, FOR LIDS, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT AS MUCH OF THAT INFRASTRUCTURE CAN BE BUILT AS PART OF THE INITIAL PROJECT AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE THOSE LIDS A REALITY, NOT JUST A PIPE DREAM IN THE FUTURE.

UM, I THINK WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLE OF THIS FREEWAY AND CREATING THE