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​Toll road from San Antonio to Austin turns to tech for safety

EO59 and highway operators partnered up to use satellites for roadway maintenance. (SH 130 Concession Company)

Satellite technology could make your next trip between Austin and San Antonio a little easier.

A tech startup known as EO59 will have satellites pass over the increasingly popular SH 130 toll road between Austin and the Alamo City every six days to monitor roadway maintenance conditions.

By providing measurements on more than 30,000 points along the roadway, the concession company operating the southern section of the highway boasts that the satellites will evaluate roadway conditions with millimeter accuracy.

Doug Wilson, CEO of SH 130 Concession Company, said it’s a proactive approach that will allow issues to be addressed before it impacts safety or ride quality.

“The Austin-San Antonio corridor is booming, and SH 130 will be increasingly important as more people and goods move through the region. It’s imperative that we continue to implement innovative solutions that keep SH 130 a safe and predictable route for many years to come.”


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

(Austin-Bergstrom International Airport/Twitter)

Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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