What is a Parkway?

CAMPO defines a parkway as:

Parkway (PKWY): Parkways are intended primarily for through vehicle traffic traveling at high speeds.� Through travel lanes are similar in characteristics to freeways, however, continuous frontage roads are not provided. Access is provided by grade-separated interchanges and ramps at major crossings. Whenever possible, landscape treatments and scenic easements are provided. Pedestrian and bicycle access is prohibited along the through travel lanes but may be provided through parallel facilities.

parkway view

By this definition, Southwest Parkway is actually a misnomer since it has traffic lights. A better example of a parkway is MoPac between the river and 45th street. Below is another scene typical of parkways, showing a crossover for local access.

parkway view

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Austin City Council Parkway Resolution : A parkway should be given "full and fair consideration".

Fix 290 Poll : 82% of Southwest Austin residents prefer the parkway.

Fix 290 Noise Report : A parkway will produce 50% LESS noise than TxDOT's elevated design.

Fix 290 Cost Estimate : A parkway would cost about half as much as TxDOT’s latest designs.

Fix 290 Report : Highlights the problems with TxDOT’s plan for the project.