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We’re famous … for traffic?


Austin traffic … always a topic of conversation!  I still trace the beginning of the problem to the fast-growth 1980s and years of city managment that assumed, “If we ignore the growth it will go away!”  So we entered the 1990s a metro area of well over 1/2-million with roads built for a city half that size.   We have never really caught up.  Now we have a not-so-positive distinction:  Austin ranked 4th worst traffic in U.S.  If you read my blog often, you know that I have a problem with exaggerated headlines, and with the fact that they are so easy to find.

What this article really says is that the I-35 corridor through Austin — and more specifically, the mile or so where the interstate approaches the Colorado River northbound — is horribly congested.  Yep, it sure is!  But does that mean the whole city has the worst traffic is the country?  I have driven in many of the cities ranked better, and I drive all the time in Austin, and I’ll pick Austin traffic over most of them!  We have a few locations and a couple of times each day when traffic is a serious issue.  In many other cities traffic is an all-day every-day problem.

Sure Austin gets congested, and I have more flexibility than many people in choosing when I drive.  I also know more detours and less-traveled routes than a lot of folks who don’t drive as much as I do.  Still, though, things really move pretty well here most of the time.  

And …

relieving congestion on IH-35 was a major selling point in getting the SH-130 tolled by-pass built.  If you’ve ever spent any time in that Riverside area traffic jam, you know that getting the 18-wheelers off the interstate and onto the by-pass would improve the situation significantly.   Unfortunately, the per-axle tolls on SH-130 have kept virtually all commercial vehicles on IH-35, right through the center of Austin and on the major thoroughfare from Mexico to the U.S. heartland and the Canadian border!   Give them a break!  Tell trucking companies, “By-pass Austin, drive SH-130 for FREE!”   The state and city could trade maintenance on IH-35 for maintenance on SH-130, and dramatically reduce the through-traffic congestion in and around downtown Austin!

Obviously, I’m not a traffic management professional, but it seems like a no-brainer to at least try this approach!

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About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.

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