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Old 08-21-2018, 08:37 AM
 
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I'm about 45 minutes late to work because of it.

Thing is, FM 620 is a big street and the traffic light failure happened at the entrance to HEB. Why do they have our light configured to flash RED instead of Yellow when it fails? Traffic on 620 should keep moving.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Downtown Austin
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If you are a 620 Commuter, it would be best to mentally assume at least several major delays a year, if not more. Then when one does happen, it's just something you expected. If fewer happen per year that you mentally budgeted for, it's a good thing.

I frankly don't know how people can live/drive 620 daily. Given a choice, I'd live in Midland or Tulsa or N Texas before I'd undergo such torture. When I visit family up in Sherman TX, and drive those empty streets, and park free in the town square to get coffee or a sandwich, it's shear nirvana.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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I bought my first house in 2001. My job was at courtyard and a lot of my coworkers bought in steiner, riverplace etc. 620 was relatively undeveloped and traffic wasn't that bad.

It was obvious with only one road (2222) to the city, traffic would only get worse. I kept my search to right along 360 as the farthest out I would go.

My first lot was in jester and my house that I lived in for many years was in great hills. I dont think there was that much of a price differential to live close to 360 vs steiner.

The same goes for buying a house on a road that could clearly become an artery. When we did buy we bought in a cul de sac, others bought around the corner on a main artery. The artery barely got any traffic, but over 18 years traffic definitely picked up.

When buying I look for

1) On higher elevation so neighborhood water doesnt flow to my house
2) not a through street so there is virtually no traffic going by the house
3) multiple major roadways accessible via multiple exits (but not too many exits)
4) Keep my commute to anywhere in the city to around 30 minutes and ideally 15 so I have max flexibility for jobs

The size of the house doesn't matter nearly as much. My kids all want to sleep in a single room together so they hardly use their own rooms.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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[...]it's shear nirvana.
Dang, I couldn't find a meme of anyone shearing Kurt Cobain
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The good news is that relief is not that far off. They will shortly begin construction of an additional lane on 2222 from the newly proposed bypass to McNeil Drive. So for that section 2222 will be 6 lanes.

After that is finished, the construction of the 620 Bypass will begin in earnest. First, an additional lane on eastbound 620 from Steiner Ranch Blvd to the Bypass will be added and westbound from the Bypass to Steiner Ranch Blvd. While that is going on, site preparation for the Bypass will be ongoing. As it is a brand new road and there are many utilities, expect clearing and site preparation to take a while.

Once the 620 Bypass opens up, Steiner Ranch will now be much more accessible. I'm thinking it will cut at least 15-20 minutes off the commute to downtown. I expect Steiner Ranch to become much more desirable after the Bypass is built and hoping on my property to become much more valuable when I eventually sell it.
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Old 08-21-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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Yeah 620 does suck admittedly. Fortunately I do not commute to Downtown Austin or anywhere near it. Everything I do live / work related is near NW Austin / Cedar Park area.

I kinda wish they could just extend 45 from 183 out to Hwy 2222 but I know there's alot of businesses down that road but man a limited access road is kind of needed in that direction.
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:33 PM
 
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Yeah 620 does suck admittedly. Fortunately I do not commute to Downtown Austin or anywhere near it. Everything I do live / work related is near NW Austin / Cedar Park area.

I kinda wish they could just extend 45 from 183 out to Hwy 2222 but I know there's alot of businesses down that road but man a limited access road is kind of needed in that direction.
It is inevitable. Txdot was going to do that to 620 and people protested.. just like with 360.

620 45 130 and 71 should form a continuous highway loop around the city

The inner loops should be

620,183,71
360, 183, 71
mopac, 183,71

Hopefully we are moving in that direction
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It is inevitable. Txdot was going to do that to 620 and people protested.. just like with 360.

620 45 130 and 71 should form a continuous highway loop around the city

The inner loops should be

620,183,71
360, 183, 71
mopac, 183,71

Hopefully we are moving in that direction
According to TxDOT the only portion that will be done on 620 is from 183 to Anderson Mill. Then it will be six lane divided from there to Four Points. That is the final long range plan.
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:00 PM
 
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This was very predicable. There were canary's in the coal mine in that neck of the woods, but not many heeded the warning. Road infrastructure is always the last piece to be dealt with and that makes life really hard. Remember, the developers do not live or have to live with your misery. My interest in the area waned many years ago. I am just playing the game long enough to retire.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My interest in the area waned many years ago. I am just playing the game long enough to retire.
Fortunately for me I work from home so I have zero commute. If I commuted I wouldn't live here that's for sure.
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