TxDOT’s plan to convert Mopac from a local commuter highway into a second Interstate 35 through Austin hit another major pothole last week, according to Save Our Springs Alliance. In commenting on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road and Mopac expansion, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wrote: to TxDOT and its toll road partner, CTRMA, that:
“We feel the Selected [SH 45 SW] Alternative as currently designed to funnel 30,000 plus vehicles a day past the Wildflower Center will have a significant adverse impact on the Wildflower Center and jeopardizes its viability.” 

With its letter, the Wildflower Center joined the City of Austin, the City of Rollingwood, Austin High School leaders, and the Keep Mopac Local coalition of neighborhood and environmental groups in calling for a halt to the current scheme to build the SH 45 SW/Mopac expansion loop in a piecemeal fashion and without a comprehensive analysis of the harm that will be done and the available alternatives.

The groups say that it does not make sense to convert Mopac into a second Interstate 35, when SH 130 is “grossly underutilized and was supposed to be the alternative I-35?” The groups argue that  this expansion means ruining or doing serious harm to Barton Springs, Zilker Park, the Wildflower Center, the Zilker Botanical Garden, the Austin Nature Center, Austin High School, Lady Bird Lake and LBL lake park land, and neighborhoods up and down Mopac? 

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Learn more at  KeepMopacLocal.org.