TxDOT tightens rules for highway traffic impact assessments



Connie Swinney/The Highlander
TxDOT will require more stringent requirements for determining traffic impact by commercial businesses (such as the US 281 mining operation entryway pictured here) and residential development located off state highways including US 281 and Texas 71 in Burnet County.





Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

To keep pace with growth and safety needs, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will require more rigorous assessment of how commercial and private development traffic patterns will impact the roadways.

Within the last decade more than half a dozen aggregate mining-related businesses have developed along the Texas 71 corridor in Burnet County. Along with commercial ventures, a number of private residential developments are carving out their places in amongst mining locations.

The recently-established city of Double Horn and fledgling Spicewood Trails subdivision are two of the most prominent, straddling a pending quarry and rock crushing operation, in Spicewood.

As traffic congestion, accidents and safety concerns mount, TxDOT officials have begun to streamline their process of determining the impact of both commercial and residential development. . . .

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