When settlers first came through Oak Hill (then called Live Oak Springs), Williamson Creek was a source of water and a place of community gathering at the creekside Beckett Grove. Today, this unique riparian ecosystem is an untapped community resource, with most people not knowing it sits a stone’s throw away from the road.
In fact, in 1985, The City of Austin released the “Oak Hill Area Study” [download 33MB pdf] that recommended “extending the Williamson Creek greenbelt into the study area” (Oak Hill) would “have many positive benefits.” (p. 125)
TxDOT’s plan for Oak Hill sandwiches this prime greenbelt location in between two elevated toll roads for almost a half of a mile.
TxDOT’s plan wipes out much of Williamson Creek’s riparian habitat as it sits under the shadow of an elevated toll road, as this before and after image shows: