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Old Posted Apr 24, 2015, 3:08 PM
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A lot of the traffic could be reduced if some of those dam exits and entrances downtown were barricated and shut for good. I can go a half mile without getting on the interstate. It's like they want every street to get its own ramp to 35...
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A lot of the traffic could be reduced if some of those dam exits and entrances downtown were barricated and shut for good. I can go a half mile without getting on the interstate. It's like they want every street to get its own ramp to 35...
I agree. A lot and probably most of the people merging onto northbound I-35 by Oltorf exit on Woodland- 1/4 mile away just to bypass the light. This causes the right lane on I-35 to constantly backup and become stop and go.
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So double or quadruple the price, for no extra capacity. When we don't even have the money yet for any of the improvements.
Reconnecting the grid to Great Streets specs isn't completely worthless. However, I do admit that it's difficult to quantify all the benefits of increased E-W mobility, property value improvements, socioeconomic improvements, etc.

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So say we only end up with 600M total. Should we blow it all on those 20 blocks, adding 2 extra lanes for that short distance (basically useless) and nothing else. Or should we spend the money along the entire corridor and actually improve it?
I agree that from a purely utilitarian perspective it would be wasteful to spend so much money on such a small area, but these changes would make the quality of life near the heart of the city much better.

By the way, depressed lanes would make expansion of I-35 in the future even less likely (there's not much room either way), forcing funds to be spent on other areas: i.e. rail.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2015, 8:58 AM
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Here's a map I've made of the Austin CVCs. It's color-coded by city defined (black), state defined (red), and state defined alterations of the city defined CVCs (yellow).

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...s.kFyc1SOGTRGA

I've also subdivided the layers such that you can click on and off those Interstate 35 layers which would be inevitably removed by sinking Interstate 35, thus opening up significant swaths of land to high rise development.

I would imagine that if UT-Medical School leaders are thinking strategically, they might want to consider the long term impacts of having these CVCs de facto destroyed by advocating the pseudo-removal of the reason they exist in the first place: Interstate 35.

The removal of those CVCs opens up significant nearby land for private medical school related development, as well as bolstering the city's state goals of increasing our tax-base along Waller Creek. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems along Waller is that this set of CVCs completely remove the possibility of intense creek focused development.
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