Mike Heiligenstein – An Icon in Road Infrastructure in Austin

In a report published on 15th September 2015, Mike Heiligenstein talked of how traffic congestion was expected in Austin and that a solution was needed in easing the traffic. Mike Heiligenstein worked in the mobility section, and he promised of handling the mess.

 

Mike Heiligenstein worked for a local accountable agency in Travis and Williamson Counties. He talked of the roads that the mobility department had built and resulted into growth and expansion of the areas where the roads have been built. He gave examples of such roads like the 183A Toll road that had caused exponential growth in Cedar Park and Leandar and U.S 290 Toll road that has tripled the capacity of the road between Austin and Minor.Learn more : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfCSQct7ihI

 

In the year 2015, a new MoPac Express Lane was being built. This was an Express Lane that was expected to be moving even when the other Lanes were slow. Due to its innovative nature, mobile authority was to execute the project.Learn more : https://communityimpact.com/austin/news/2013/07/15/mike-heiligenstein/

 

The statesman further reported of the Authority’s plans of making smart roads by installing cyber lines that would detect the cars going the wrong way. The Authority had also partnered with Metropoia and created a mobile App that was integrated with traffic monitoring so as to provide alternative routes to the commuters. Mike further posited that car users should plan pool cars to ease congestion. According to Mike, this could have been a great move since 900,000 empty cars seats were recorded daily.

 

Another solution mentioned by Mike was that of encouraging residents to walk and pedal rather than using cars. Drivers moving off the road quickly whenever faced with minor breakdown was also mentioned as another solution. The Authority was, however, planning to introduce Emergency Response Operator program to help motorists with minor programs. The authority was planning to partner with Texas Department of Transportation and all the counties so as to bet the traffic jam.Learn more : http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf

 

About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein graduated with a degree in Government from the University of Texas. He owns two masters; one in Government and the other in Business Administration, both from University of Texas. Since 2003, Mike has been working as the Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority which is a multimodal transportation agency. He also serves on the board of the International Bridge and the board of Texas Transportation Institute. And Turnpike Association.

 

Infrastructural projects have been Mike’s focus from the last 30 years. He is also a public speaker on matters about Infrastructure.