After evaluating community input and a traffic analysis of the area, Williamson County has now revised its plans for the East Wilco Highway section from SH 130 to CR 137, incorporating safer neighborhood entrances and exits, according to a city of Hutto news release.

The details

The introduction of a new four-way stop along CR 138—at the Derby Day Avenue and Little Lake Road intersection—will serve as a temporary solution until a traffic signal can be installed.

Design plans have removed the originally planned continuous middle lane on CR 138 at Secretariat Ridge Lane. New plans call for only a left-turn lane at this juncture. Drivers will no longer be able to turn left out of Secretariat Ridge Lane.

Residents living in Ridge at Steeds Crossing can travel to Derby Day Avenue in order to make a left turn at the newly installed four-way stop.

These changes are anticipated to go into effect this month. The full scope of work is expected to be complete by this summer, according to county documents.

One more thing

These safety improvements will add $4 million to the $160.5 million total estimated cost of this portion of the East Wilco Highway project, although costs may vary after the bidding and construction process. Funding for these changes will come from the Williamson County 2023 voter-approved road bond.

The East Wilco Highway initiative aims to enhance transportation between the northern and southern regions of Williamson County, according to county documents. It will link south SH 130 at CR 138 to Hwy. 79, bridging Hutto and Taylor, and extending to I-35 north of Jarrell.

There will be more opportunities for public input once the county has more complete design plans.

Find more information about the project here.