Rejected and ongoing projects: May transportation updates for Lake Travis-Westlake area

Vehicles navigate traffic at RM 2222.

Vehicles navigate traffic at RM 2222.

  1. Cuernavaca improvement project

In January 2018, the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department requested the funding of safety improvements on Cuernavaca Drive in the Westlake Area.

At that time, TNR Project Manager Charlie Watts said the requested $1.9 million in funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization would go toward making “shovel-ready” the engineering and right of way acquisitions for the area of Cuernavaca between Bee Caves and Mecca roads.

The project would have added protected turn lanes at a number of intersections on that stretch of road, but according to information from the TNR, the project did not score well enough to be considered for funding. The Cuernavaca safety improvements project was one of seven Travis County TNR submitted to CAMPO for funding, but was one of more than 100 submissions received in January 2018 for local projects between 2019-22 and totaling $1.5 billion. At that time, only $400 million in funding was available from CAMPO, and of that, $150 million was allocated to non-state-owned roadways such as Cuernavaca, Watts said last year.

The project will be re-evaluated by TNR staff and possibly resubmitted in the next CAMPO project call, which is expected to begin in late summer 2019.

2. RM 2222 improvement
This project on RM 2222 covers 1.2 miles and will widen RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive. It also includes a center median with turn lanes within the project limits. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Jan. 16.

Timeline: January 2019-summer 2020

Cost: Texas Department of Transportation estimates construction cost at $23.6 million; $203,491of that total comes from city of Austin

3. RM 620 barrier project
This project spans 3.36 miles of RM 620 from the low-water crossing road to less than a mile east of the Steiner Ranch Blvd. roadway and serves to bolster safety and eliminate hazards along that road. Information from TxDOT states the RM 620 barrier project will install center-median concrete barriers in four strategic locations along this stretch of roadway. Population growth and housing developments along RM 620 have contributed to increased traffic on the roadway. TxDOT developed a plan for enhancements to prevent drivers from crossing into oncoming traffic at specific curves that have experienced a higher number of collisions. Placements of barriers in these locations will not interfere with access to existing intersecting roadways and driveways. The barriers must be specially cast to allow adequate cross-road drainage.

Timeline: barriers should be manufactured and installed by end of summer

Cost: $556,062

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.


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