CTRMA (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) is working strong on seven projects to make roads smarter and safer for the region’s growing population. The projects are in various development stages and include the MoPac Improvement, MoPac South, 183 South, 183 North Mobility, SH 45SW, SH 71 Express, and Oak Hill Parkway. CTRMA’s Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein continues to focus on the roads and made it clear at the 2016 19th Annual Williamson County Growth Summit. He served on the discussion panel and voiced his opinion on the need for Austin to consider further investments into building more roads as population in suburban areas continue to rise. His main focus is on Williamson County and nearby locations with constant population growth.
The MoPac Improvement Project is an initiative of CTRMA to build an express lane in both directions on Loop 1, North MoPac. The lane will run from Cesar Chavez Street to Parmer Lane, and is expected to open sometime this year. Heiligenstein suggested to the panel and attendees to make the remaining corridors smarter, efficient, and tech advanced to increase transportation volume. The MoPac South is an environmental project that is presently studying and evaluating the corridor of MoPac from Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane. The Authority is working with Capital Metro and local partners to improve safety and mobility for drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit passengers.
Capacity is in the process of being added to US 183 to improve accessibility to the airport between US 290 and SH 71. The 183 South Project when completed will be the new toll three-lane expressway in each direction, extending eight miles. Another project CTRMA is working on is the SH 45SW four-lane toll road between MoPac and FM 1626. The road will feature bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and other initiatives. All projects, including SH 71 Express and Oak Hill Parkway are in different stages of development to eventually meet the demand of Central Texas growing population.
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in 2002 as an independent government agency to enhance Williamson and Travis counties transportation systems. Mike Heiligenstein joined the agency as Executive Director one year later after serving Williamson County as an elected leader for 24 years. His accomplishments as a politician and a CTRMA executive include expansion of the transportation infrastructure for the county and Austin. He also led efforts to expand water and wastewater in Williamson County.