6.22.09 US 281 Super Street Public Comment Form w  postage
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US 281 Super Street Community Open House Comment Form June 30, 2009 Meeting Name: Address: City, State Zip Email: Comment: Please include your name and mailing address with all written comments. Comment forms and/or letters should be mailed to US 281 Super Street c/o Alamo RMA, 1222 N. Main Ste 1000, San Antonio, TX 78212. All written comments received or postmarked by Friday, July 10, 2009, will be included in the official record of the community open house. Comments can be: Emailed to 281SuperStreet@AlamoRMA.org Faxed to 210-495-5403 attention 281 Super Street Project If you would like to mail your form, please add postage to this self-addressed form. ------------------------------------------- FOLD HERE ------------------------------------------ and tape closed Post office will not deliver without proper postage US 281 Super Street Alamo Regional Mobility Authority 1222 N. Main, Ste 1000 San Antonio, TX 78212 RE: US 281 Super Street Comment US 281 Super Street Community Open House Welcome! Thank you for joining us this evening to review the proposed US 281 Super Street. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority wants and values your input on this project. Please visit each of the stations to learn more about the project, ask questions and give us your comments. Also, you can join us ...

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Name: Address: Email: Comment:
US 281 Super Street Community Open House Comment Form June 30, 2009 Meeting
City, State Zip
Please include your name and mailing address with all written comments. Comment forms and/or letters should be mailed to US 281 Super Street c/o Alamo RMA, 1222 N. Main Ste 1000, San Antonio, TX 78212.All written comments received or postmarked by Friday, July 10, 2009, will be included in the official record of the community open house.
Comments can be: Emailed to281SuperStreet@AlamoRMA.orgFaxed to 2104955403 attention 281 Super Street Project If you would like to mail your form, please add postage to this selfaddressed form.
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US 281 Super Street Community Open House Welcome! Thank you for joining us this evening to review the proposed US 281 Super Street. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority wants and values your input on this project. Please visit each of the stations to learn more about the project, ask questions and give us your comments. Also, you can join us for small group discussions on relevant topics at one of the tables. Staff from the Alamo RMA and the consultants working on this project are here tonight, and you can ask any of them your questions as well. They are wearing nametags with the “Get the 411 on 281” logo on them.Stations General Overview Take a look at the overall project, what it is designed to accomplish and how it can change the drive on US 281 north of Loop 1604. Encino Rio Intersection Curious as to how the Super Street will impact Encino Rio? This station will focus on the improvements at that intersection and will show the projected travel time and savings from the improvements.Evans Road Intersection Curious as to how the Super Street will impact Evans Road? This station will focus on the improvements at that intersection and will show the projected travel time and savings from the improvements.Stone Oak Parkway Intersection Curious as to how the Super Street will impact Stone Oak Parkway? This station will focus on the improvements at that intersection and will show the projected travel time and savings from the improvements. Marshall Road Curious as to how the Super Street will impact Marshall Road? This station will focus on the improvements at that intersection and will show the projected travel time and savings from the improvements.Alamo RMA – Information If you have ever wondered who or what the Alamo RMA is, this station will help answer those questions. Get information on what a Regional Mobility Authority is, and how the Alamo RMA is working to bring projects to the community to help relieve congestion.Court Reporter If you would like to have your comments taken by a court reporter, please visit this table.Again, thank you for joining us this evening. There is an evaluation form on the back that we ask you to complete and leave with us. Sincerely, The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority
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Meeting Evaluation Thank you for attending the public workshop on the US 281 Super Street Project. Your participation is appreciated. In order to ensure that future events make the most out of your time commitment, please fill out the following evaluation:
How would you rate today’s public workshop?
How would you rate the presentations at each station?
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US 281 Super Street Frequently Asked Questions – June 30, 2009
US 281 Super Street Frequently Asked Questions June 30, 2009 Community Open House
Q: Why aren’t we just building overpasses?
A: Until the Environmental Impact Statement is completed on the US 281 corridor, we are unable to add any capacity to the roadway, without violating federal law. The Super Street concept allows for savings in travel time, and a benefit today, while still complying with federal law. We can bring relief today instead of waiting for another three to four years before anything can be done on this corridor.
Q: Is the Super Street going to solve all the problems on US 281?
A: No. The Super Street is a great interim solution, and will provide relief for the next five to seven years, but as traffic increases the need for more lanes or another way to travel will still be present. The Super Street will help provide relief today while the needed environmental studies are completed for a longterm solution to the congestion along US 281.
Q: Why is the Alamo RMA overseeing this project? Aren’t they just a toll road authority?
A: The Alamo RMA, as the local regional mobility authority, is overseeing this project, the interchange at US 281 and Loop 1604, and the environmental impact statements on both Loop 1604 and US 281 in their role as the local governmental entity responsible for improving mobility around our community. While the Alamo RMA can build and operate toll projects, they can also build and operate nontoll projects, and the Super Street is one of the first nontoll projects to be overseen by the Alamo RMA.
Q: How long is it going to take to build the Super Street?
A: Based on the latest estimates, construction should start in late fall of this year, and by the summer of 2010 all the work will be complete for the Super Street.
US 281 Super Street Frequently Asked Questions – June 30, 2009 Q: If I want to see how this project is going to impact my roadway is there someplace I can see the animation files?
A: Yes, visitwww.411on281.comorwww.youtube.com/411on281to see all the animation files from each intersection.
Q: How is this project being funded since I keep hearing there is no money for roads?
A: The Super Street is being funded from a combination of sources. Specifically, $5.7 million is coming from the local share of federal stimulus funds at the discretion of the San Antonio Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, $1.6 million is coming from the Advanced Transportation District, and $480,000 is coming from the City of San Antonio – Council District 9.
Q: I still don’t want a toll road. Is this going to make a toll road happen?
A: The Super Street project is separate from any discussions on toll lanes or tolling in San Antonio. This project is nontoll. The Alamo RMA, as the lead agency for the US 281 Environmental Impact Statement, will be hosting public meetings and workshops as part of a new study to identify longterm improvements to US 281 and the discussions on how to pay for that roadway will be included in the study.
Q: Why didn’t this idea come up sooner?
A: Until October 1, 2008, our community had environmental clearance to build new lanes on US 281, and the Alamo RMA was proceeding with those plans. With the removal of environmental clearance on October 1, 2008, this new innovative concept was introduced, and was supported by a number of neighborhood and civic associations in this area as an interim solution to the congestion on US 281.
Q: You got the green light for this project months ago, why is it taking so long to get built? A: The Super Street funding was approved in late March 2009. Since that time, the Alamo RMA has been overseeing the design work necessary to take the concept of the Super Street to a construction level, and has been securing all necessary environmental clearances to be able to have this project constructed. We anticipate being able to have the project out for bid in September of 2009 with an award and construction starting in late fall 2009.
You Talked...We Listened! The Alamo RMA is working to bring the US 281 Super Street project to our community as quickly as possible. This interim solution will help provide relief from traffic today, and give us the needed time to complete the Environmental Impact Statement to identify and provide long-term solutions to the congestion on this vital corridor.
How Did We Get Here? The Federal Highway AdministratiOn (FHWA) withdrew a l l e n v i r O n m e n t a l c l e a r a n c e O n 2 8 1 N O r t h a n d federal law requires that nO new capacity can be added withOut envirOnmental clearance. A cOmprehensive envirOnmental study called an EnvirOnmental Impact Statement (EIS) is slated tO be cOmpleted as early as 2012, but drivers need relief nOw.
Super Street Plan Moving Forward SOlutiOns can cOme frOm anywhere. In the case Of the Super Street, this sOlutiOn came frOm neighbOrhOOds and lOcal leaders whO were presented with a new cOncept, prOpOsed by Pape-DawsOn Engineers, a lOcal engineering firm. What is the Super Street? Simply put, the Super Street is a way tO mOve traffic quicker alOng US 281, saving ever yOne time in their daily cOmmutes. The Super Street wOn’t sOlve all Our prOblems, but it will help prOvide relief tOday fOr this cOrridOr, while we wOrk On lOng-term sOlutiOns.
How Is This Project Being Funded? Funding fOr the Super Street is cOming frOm a cOmbinatiOn Of sOurces, including The American RecOver y and Reinvestment Act ($5.7 MilliOn,) the Advanced TranspOrtatiOn District ($1.6 MilliOn) and the City Of San AntOniO – District 9 ($480,000) fOr a tOtal Of $7.78 milliOn.
Benefits Of Super Street • Improves traffic flow by reducing travel times during peak periOds by an estimated 50% frOm LOOp 1604 tO Marshall ROad • Increases safety by reducing potential accidents by 50% • Creates dedicated, signalized U-turn lanes to increase safety and traffic flow • Maintains existing commercial access • Fits in existing Right-of-Way and meets federal criteria fOr cOnstructiOn withOut envirOnmental clearance
How is a Super Street going to work?
Figure 1: Turning onto US 281 by making a left Instead Of waiting thrOugh multiple traffic signals tO be able tO turn left, with the Super Street, yOu will turn right, enter a new prOtected U-turn lane, and when the main lane traffic On US 281 is stOpped, be able tO make yOur left hand turn tO get yOu mOving. While it seems tO be lOnger than what we deal with tOday, it actually will mOve traffic quickly!
Figure 2: Going across US 281 Instead Of waiting thrOugh multiple lights tO be able tO just crOss US 281 tO get tO the Other side Of the rOad, with the Super Street, yOu will turn right, enter a new prOtected U-turn lane, and when the main lane traffic On US 281 is stOpped, be able tO turn intO a far left hand lane tO allOw yOu tO make the right turn needed tO get yOu acrOss the street.
Figure 3: Turning left off US 281 Turning left frOm US 281 OntO anOther street can be a painful experience. With the Super Street yOu will be able tO have a lOnger traffic line fOr left hand turns, which will mOve quicker than what we face tOday. The 300 secOnd signal On US 281 will be a thing Of the past, and a quicker traffic signal timing, with mOre green time, means easier turning fOr ever yOne!
Wa n t t o s e e w h a t y o u r t r a v e l t i m e c o u l d b e w i t h t h e S u p e r S t r e e t ?
Visit www.411on281.com for more information – see how long it will take you to go from Stone Oak to Loop 1604,
or from Loop 1604 to Marshall Road.
Relief is coming!
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The Alamo RMA will oversee design and construction of the Super Street. Construction is estimated to start by Fall 2009.
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F o R M o R E I N F o R M AT I o N : AlamO RegiOnal MObility AuthOrity 1222 N. Main Avenue, Ste. 1000 San AntOniO, TX 78212 (210) 495-5256 www.411On281.cOm