February transportation project updates in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto



Recent updates










  1. I-35 access improvements
    The project will provide enhancements to I-35 from SH 45 N to Hwy. 79.


• Lane closures
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Road widening

Status: Braided ramps are being constructed along the northbound I-35 mainlanes. The northbound and southbound intersections of Hwy. 79 and the I-35 frontage roads are undergoing reconstruction.
Timeline: July 2016-spring 2019
Cost: $28.1 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation








2. I-35 at FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard improvements
The project will replace and widen the Old Settlers Boulevard bridge and construct two new U-turn bridges—one in each direction. Bicycle and pedestrian enhancements are also being made. The project is designed to reduce bottlenecks and improve travel times.


• Lane closures
• 
Road widening

Status: The FM 3406/Old Settlers bridge is closed to eastbound traffic through summer. Westbound traffic is using lanes on the newly constructed U-turn bridge.
Timeline: March 2017-fall 2018
Cost: $12.4 million
Funding source: TxDOT








3. McNeil extension
The project will serve as a bypass road for downtown Round Rock to improve the flow of traffic. The extension will realign McNeil Road and carry it through to Georgetown Street, up to Main Street.


• Lane closures
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Road extension
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Utility work

Status: Utility construction is underway and is expected to conclude by March. Bids opened on the extension construction in early January, and work is expected to begin early February.
Timeline: projected completion by end of 2018
Cost: $2.5 million for Phase 1
Funding source: city of Round Rock








4. RM 620 widening
The 2.74-mile segment of roadway in Round Rock will be widened from four to six lanes and will include new curbs and gutters and a raised median. The segment will include construction of left- and right-turn lanes, culverts, water-quality facilities, retaining walls and the construction of a sidewalk on the north side of RM 620.


• Lane closures
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Repaving work
• 
Road widening

Status: Williamson County has completed work on the roadway widening on the south side of RM 620 between Wyoming Springs and Deep Wood drives. Paving work on the north half of RM 620 westbound lanes is scheduled for early February. Construction continues to complete reconstruction of drainage structures and curbs and gutters.
Timeline: Williamson County widening work to be completed in spring 2018
Cost: $6 million
Funding sources: Williamson County, TxDOT








5. East Pflugerville Parkway and SH 130 Improvements
In partnership with TxDOT the intersections on each side of SH 130 for the frontage roads at East Pflugerville Parkway will be reconstructed with traffic signals, storm sewer improvements, sidewalks and traffic control.


• Lane closures
• 
Signal work
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Utility work

Status: Construction of utility improvements is underway.
Timeline: September 2017-summer 2018
Cost: $2 million
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, TxDOT








6. Weiss Lane Improvements
The project will replace all bridges on Weiss Lane from East Pecan Street to Cele Road. It will expand the road from two lanes to four, adding turn lanes and shoulders as well as improving drainage with storm drain facilities and curbs and gutters.


• Road widening
• 
Signal work

Status: New lanes are being used on the west side of Weiss while the east side is built. The northbound and southbound lanes split near the intersection of East Pflugerville Parkway and Weiss Lane. Construction along the west side continues north of Pflugerville Parkway.
Timeline: March 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $14.6 million (city of Pflugerville), $7.4 million (Travis County)
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Travis County








7. East Street
This 2008 bond project from the city of Hutto includes reconstruction of East Street from Pecan Street to Farley Street, an asphalt overlay on East from Farley to Hwy. 79, and a parking lot and on-street parking with 43 additional spaces for downtown businesses on East Street.


• Lane closures
• 
Repaving work
• 
Utility work

Status: The foundation for asphalt has been installed and paving will begin in the coming weeks, weather permitting.
Timeline: September-spring
Cost: $1.03 million
Funding source: city of Hutto bonds




By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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