The state of Texas has recorded rapid changes in infrastructure in the recent years. The executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Mike Heiligenstein, sat down with Biz Journals to discuss the prospective state of the state’s toll roads, the congested bypass around Austin and how the authorities could improve the experience of commuters on Texan roads. He said that one way the state could increase traffic of the State Highway 130 is by redirecting more commuters to use the road, increase the capacity of cars and trucks among locals, alter the region’s traveling patterns and install a multi-modal commuting structure.
Mike explained the controversial cases of the financial underrating of some roads, such as the 183A. He stated that Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority injects the public raised funds to projects that amount to $1 billion in expenditure. He revealed that the 183A toll financed by citizen’s revenues. Mike believes that the citizens have to be directly involved with the development of roads if the state wishes to upgrade the current infrastructure. He stated that the Texas Department of Commerce is set to increase taxes for counties that have a small tax base and need extra funds to finance construction projects. Mike also addressed the issue of trucks damaging county roads and revealed that Eagle Shale has plans to charge trucks that use these roads. Mike said that county roads do not have the makings that accommodate heavy machinery.
Mike Heiligenstein is the director of Central Texas Regional Mobility, a community-founded transportation agency. He joined the firm in 2003 and has led to grow from a startup to a nationally recognized enterprise. Currently, he is overseeing the company’s construction of the $1 billion worth 183A toll road which serves the greater population of Austin. Before joining CTRMA, Mike served as a commissioner in Williamson County. He was the chairman of Clean Air Force, Air and Water, and Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. Mike served on the boards of Round Rock City Council, and Envision Central Texas. Currently, he serves on the councils of Texas Transportation Institute, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and International Bridge. He believes that the American community should adapt walking and cycling as a form of transportation to contribute to the decongestion of roads. Mike delivers speeches about transportation and infrastructure on different platforms in the States. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas with an undergraduate in government and masters in business administration and government.
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