|Context Sensitive Design|
In early 2006, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority implemented a Context Sensitive Design Program that engaged businesses, property owners and residents at various meetings and asked for their thoughts and opinions on elements of the project including schematic details, construction materials, colors and overall appearance. The process concluded with a public forum and website survey in which participants were able to vote on three specific design themes. Of the three, the "Central Texas Heritage" design was overwhelmingly selected.
This concept features the use of native stone, rich natural colors and Texas motifs including the Lone Star. Native plants and wildflowers and a path for hiking and biking are included in the Manor Expressway design. The Central Texas Heritage look also incorporates various design features from two connecting freeways, US 183 and SH 130, to create a natural transition between individual roadways.
Specific details about this concept have been included in a landscape and aesthetics technical manual for the Manor Expressway, which will be provided to developers bidding on the project. The manual contains specific guidance for the aesthetic design of the roadway that meets the expectations of project stakeholders, as well as the Mobility Authority.