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North Austin road project aims to nurture Mother Nature

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It's a $9 million endeavor, called the Parmer Lane Sustainable Roadway Project. The cost is being divided evenly between Travis County, the City of Austin and private investment.

"The cool thing about the sustainable road right of way, it's kind of like a mile and a half long rain garden," said Pete Dwyer, the President of Dwyer Realty.

They're part of the team behind an upcoming community development in east Austin, along Texas 130.

Pete added, "We're gonna capture the runoff and then drop it into an inlet that runs into a bioswale, which is like a big, shallow ditch. In the bioswale we've developed a plant palette, in conjunction with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, of all native vegetation species and the scientific theory is that the plants and their roots will trap the water, in the ground, and then put it back up into the atmosphere."

The Parmer Lane Sustainable Roadway Project is a one and a half mile, divided, four-lane roadway that will extend Parmer Lane at U.S. 290 south and east to connect to Texas 130 through the heart of the Wildhorse Ranch Community Development.

Travis County Precinct One Commissioner Ron Davis released a statement about the project. It reads, in part; "...As we continue to deliver needed roads to eastern Travis County to keep up with exceptional growth in our region and the desired development zone along Texas 130, through this Parmer Lane Project we can build safe, reliable, pleasant and sustainable roadways across the region."

"There's a big, wide, 10-foot bike/ped trail, so we're trying to really hook up the bicycle and walking connections," said Pete.

If the pilot project is successful, it could provide a blueprint for future roadway projects in Central Texas.

The Parmer expansion project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2015, if the weather cooperates.

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