Read about the latest Central Texas development, road work

Developer Alex Tynberg said the Northline project has not lost a step since its March 4 groundbreaking. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Developer Alex Tynberg said the Northline project has not lost a step since its March 4 groundbreaking. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Developer Alex Tynberg said the Northline project has not lost a step since its March 4 groundbreaking. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

As the pandemic continues in the Austin area, read about the progress of local road construction and development projects.

Northline in Leander stays on schedule with no coronavirus-related delays, developer says

The $715 million Northline project in Leander is “on schedule and making tremendous progress” despite COVID-19 economic effects, according to the project’s developer, Alex Tynberg.

Housing phases approved, retirement community rejected in Lakeway

Two new phases of an approved development will bring more than 50 new residential lots to Lakeway.



The two phases at the Lakeway Highlands development, located south of the intersection of Hornsby Bend and Crosswind Drive, were approved by Lakeway City Council at its April 20 meeting.

Construction on Hutto’s FM 1660 roadway projects delayed due to coronavirus slowdown

Anticipated construction on Hutto's FM 1660 roadway improvements have been delayed due to coronavirus-related slowdowns, said Sam Ray, director of public works and engineering, at Hutto City Council's April 16 meeting.

Pflugerville development pipeline strong despite coronavirus crisis, planning director says

Despite slowdowns across various industry sectors due to the coronavirus, it is still business as usual in the Pflugerville Planning Department.

Demolition underway to clear space for The Depot Townhomes near downtown Round Rock

Demolition is underway to clear a 3.7-acre lot near downtown Round Rock for The Depot Townhomes.

CAMPO commits $633 million to fund I-35, delays decision on specific choices for project deferrals

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has bought itself some time to choose a specific list of projects to defund in order to funnel money toward I-35.

Determining the specific projects that will be deferred in order to prioritize I-35 has been a source of contention among the CAMPO board, a planning organization composed of local government officials from across the Central Texas area.

$3.6M in upgrades to Round Rock roads now underway

Construction is underway on a $3.6 million effort to ease congestion on four Round Rock roads frequently traveled by local drivers.

Taylor Girtman, Iain Oldman, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Kelsey Thompson and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.



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A screen capture of a virtual meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, feauring Gerald Daugherty and Sam Biscooe sitting in the courtroom
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The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
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