Wednesday, February 8, 2012
"I am confident that the urgency of the situation was conveyed by the passion of over 200 people who attended the meeting."
Note: The letter from Rep. Isaac was received earlier today. Here's more background from KVUE.com Austin | By Andrew Horansky and photojournalist Robert McMurrey | TxDOT Ponders Compromise (Tues Feb 7, 2012) – Last summer Christy Vickrey lost her friend, a Bee Cave elementary teacher, in a head-on collision near Dripping Springs. A cross still marks the spot. The accident happened along Ranch Road 12. It is a road that Vickrey said went from bad to worse.
Letter to the editor:
Although Dripping Springs is a growing community, it's still the kind of tight-knit place where we know our neighbors and look out for one another. This was never more evident than at the Ranch Road 12 town hall meeting this week. Although the re-pavement of this road has affected us personally in different ways through decreased property value or slumping business sales, we all share the same basic concern for the community's safety.
Soon after the re-pavement, I met with TXDOT officials in November to share my constituent’s concerns about the new road. Although we were assured that using chip seal was the sound financial decision and that noise and gravel levels would abate, we are still dealing with the same issues four months later. I knew that TXDOT needed to hear directly from the local residents about how the re-pavement has affected their lives in order to understand the importance of this issue and was happy that they accepted my invitation to attend our town hall meeting.
I am confident that the urgency of the situation was conveyed by the passion of over 200 people who attended the meeting. Thank you for taking the time for your voice to be heard. For those of you who might have left early, our District Engineer, Carlos Lopez, was able to make the last part of the meeting and hear our concerns firsthand.
We have been told that TXDOT will have a new plan for how to proceed within two weeks, and I will distribute that information as soon as I receive it. If you weren't able to make the meeting or haven't already contacted my office about RR 12, please email me at Jason.Isaac@house.state.tx.us so that I can keep you updated on the progress.
Simple repairs to a job that was poorly done will not solve the problem. Although I don't have any direct influence over the decision TXDOT will make, I have strongly expressed the need for a hot mix overlay on the road to them. I am hopeful that our plea will be seriously considered.
Jason Isaac State
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 3:47 PM