If you've ever travelled the Oak Hill "Y" you've likely sat in your car a while. Traffic congestion has been an issue there for years. But relief is on the way.
"Y" often stands for why did I come this way. But for a lot of people it's unavoidable. Construction began on Monday for a short term solution.
There are two projects at work right now. The 14 month project includes adding turn lanes at intersections from FM 1826 through Convict Hill.
The second project will take 19 months. For that one, the Highway 71 split, William Cannon and Joe Tanner Lane will be converted to continuous flow intersections.
The projects are expected to reduce traffic at the "Y" by 30-50 percent.
"We are committed to making sure we can find a solution for the community that also meets the purpose and need for this project and that's to improve mobility, to enhance safety and to reduce congestion," said TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna.
But TxDOT wants a long-term solution. Thursday night, they unveiled eight concepts for the Oak Hill Parkway Project at a public meeting. They want your opinion. The environmental phase for whichever concept is approved is expected to take three to five years. Then construction will start.
Folks who live in the area have some real concerns.
"I happen to live at the Y, so you put a toll road on 290 and on 71 you block me in my neighborhood and you make me pay every time I leave my neighborhood and that's not okay so I think they need to come up with better solutions. I'm okay with one toll road down 290, but two toll roads is too much," Oak Hill Resident, Theresa Moran said.
"My concern is the time. I read in the paper that these plans that they have will not be finished till 2016. And as you and I know nothing is ever done on time. That means 2017," Beverly Montgomery, another Oak Hill resident said.
The virtual open houses will open on May 24-June 3rd.. There will also be two opportunities to discuss the project in real-time with project representatives via a live-chat feature. The live-chat feature will be available Friday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, May 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The website for the project is www.oakhillparkway.com.