Steiner Ranch closer to evacuation route and more: Lake Travis-Westlake transportation and construction updates for December 2018

Transportation Recent Updates - December 2018

Steiner Ranch evacuation route
The additional escape route for residents of the Steiner Ranch area was under preliminary design earlier this summer. There was an open house Aug. 9 at Canyon Ridge Middle School to get feedback from area residents. Travis County Engineer Senior Kathy Hardin said plans at that time still included 12 different route options.

The county held a working group meeting Nov. 13 that included agency stakeholders, such as first responders and law enforcement officers as well as community representatives. Hardin said the county is now making a recommendation of Route F, which would connect Flat Top Ranch Rd. to RM 620.

Route F cannot be built with the current budget, she said, so the county is looking for funding. Hardin said the project’s cost of $2.7 million has changed and should be made clearer following an as-yet unscheduled open house.

RM 2222 extension from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive
Crews started placing perimeter barricades and signs the week of Nov. 26 for the project intended to add a lane eastbound from Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard and a lane westbound from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio, said Bradley Wheelis, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer. He added that work to clear the right of way was scheduled to begin Dec. 3.

“Clearing of the right of way will allow work to begin on utility relocation within the project limits. Construction on the roadway itself is anticipated to start in January, weather permitting,” Wheelis said.

The project will also include turn lanes and raised medians to be built within the project limits.

Cost: The Texas Transportation Commission awarded the contract for $23.6 million to Capital Excavation Co. The total includes utility costs at $6.4 million. The city of Austin contributed $7.5 million to the total with TxDOT paying for the remainder.

By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.