Mays Street extension begins and 7 Georgetown transportation projects to know about

 

Transpo GEO


Ongoing Projects






















1. The Southwest Bypass and Wolf Ranch Parkway extension will connect Hwy. 29 at D.B. Wood Road to Leander Road. Williamson County will continue the bypass from Leander Road to I-35.



June-mid-2018 (city portion); county portion to break ground in spring



2.  Construction to widen FM 1460 to a four-lane, divided roadway with a center median from Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown to just north of University Boulevard in Round Rock continues.



February 2016-winter 2017/2018



3. TxDOT is rehabilitating pavement, adding shoulders and improving safety along FM 972 from I-35 and just west of CR 150.



January 2016-spring 2017 (Phase 1)



A design charrette for the Williams Drive Study will be held in the Georgetown Health Foundation community rooms at 2423 Williams Drive, Ste. 101. For times, visit www.transportation.georgetown.org.



Nov. 12-16








4. Austin Avenue and Fifth Street traffic signal


The city of Georgetown is finalizing plans to install a traffic signal at the Fifth Street and Austin Avenue intersection with sidewalks and American's with Disabilities Act improvements. The city could seek bids for the project’s construction in late 2016.


Timeline: early 2017-spring 2017
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: city of Georgetown



5. University Avenue sidewalk


The city of Georgetown is building an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk along University Avenue between I-35 and Scenic Drive.


Timeline: October-December
Cost: $161,000
Funding sources: city of Georgetown and Community Development Block Grant funding



6. I-35 frontage road sidewalks


The city of Georgetown could break ground in early 2017 on a sidewalk along the southbound frontage road of I-35 between Hwy. 29 and Leander Road.


Timeline: early 2017-summer
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: city of Georgetown



7. Mays Street extension


The city of Georgetown broke ground on a project to extend Mays Street from Teravista Parkway and Bass Pro Drive in Round Rock to the intersection of Westinghouse and Rabbit Hill roads in Georgetown in late October. The project is expected to help with economic development efforts in the area. Williamson County has plans to extend Mays north from Oakmont and Paloma drives in Round Rock, which will create a continuous roadway from Hesters Crossing to Westinghouse.


Timeline: October-summer 2017
Cost: $6.4 million
Funding sources: cities of Georgetown and Round Rock







How it works


Why are we paying tolls after  toll road construction is paid for?


Tolls pay for more than just building new toll roads. Though tolls do go toward repaying the bonds sold to fund constructing new roads, they also pay for operating and maintaining the existing roadways and funding expansions and improvements.


Essentially, a toll road is never completely paid for.


The state’s population is projected to increase to more than 30 million people by 2020, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. As the population increases, toll roads may undergo improvement projects to accommodate for the increased traffic congestion.


Regularly scheduled increases of toll rates also help pay for future projects.


Gas taxes and vehicle registration fees do not fund the toll roads. That revenue is used to fund nontolled projects by the Texas Department of Transportation. Toll roads, on the other hand, are largely funded through the sale of bonds that are repaid through tolls.



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