Updates and ongoing transportation projects in the Lake Travis-Westlake area for December-January

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Transportation projects continue throughout western Travis County, from improvements on RM 2222 to landscape upgrades on Bee Caves Road.

Ongoing projects

1. 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.

Status: Bradley Wheelis, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation, said crews are currently working on constructing the storm sewer on the north side of RM 2222 between River Place and Ribelin Ranch. Installation of the waterline is ongoing as well. The temporary signals are in place on RM 2222.

Timeline: January 2019-summer 2020

Cost: TxDOT estimates construction cost at $23.6 million; $203,491 of that total comes from the city of Austin.

Funding sources: TxDOT; city of Austin
2. RM 620/RM 2222 bypass

Information from TxDOT states the project consists of adding an outside northbound merge lane along RM 620 from Steiner Ranch Boulevard to a new bypass road to be constructed about a mile north of Steiner Ranch to RM 2222. Center-turn lanes and medians would also be built on RM 2222 between the new bypass road and RM 620.

Status: Wheelis said TxDOT is planning a groundbreaking before the end of the year.

Timeline: Groundbreaking for the project should occur some time this fall, and the project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2020.

Cost: $10 million (estimated)

Funding sources: TxDOT, city of Austin mobility bond
3. Bullick Hollow left-turn lane

A mobility project that will add a left-turn lane on Bullick Hollow where the road intersects with FM 2769 has completed the design phase, according to information from Travis County. The lane will run from FM 2769 to 400 feet south of the intersection.

Information from Travis County’s project webpage states the project was set to begin in fall 2020, but project manager Chiddi N’Jie said the project will now begin much sooner even with some recent delays.

Status: N’Jie said construction for this project was initially scheduled to start in September but was delayed and began Oct. 7. It is expected to last about three months, weather and site conditions permitting. This project is still on pace despite the delays, N’Jie said.

Timeline: construction scheduled to begin in fall 2019

Cost: $240,000 (construction, estimated)

Funding source: 2017 Travis County bond funds
UPCOMING PROJECT

4. Landscape development on RM 2244

The aesthetic improvement of a portion of Bee Caves Road running from McConnell Drive to Blueridge Trail is part of the TxDOT Green Ribbon Program to upgrade the road’s landscaping and scenery, according to Wheelis.

Status: Wheelis said the project is on track to start late next year.

Timeline: Anticipated start time is fall 2020, and the estimated completion time is spring 2021.

Cost: $400,000

Funding source: TxDOT
UPDATE

RM 620 medians placed through Lakeway

Lakeway officials are planning to meet with a TxDOT district engineer to discuss the installation of medians along RM 620 as it runs through the city. During an Aug. 12 budget work session, Mayor Sandy Cox said the median installations could begin within the next six months, but no time frame has yet been established. Cox said the median installations are planned to be done ahead of the massive RM 620 widening project. which will take the road from five lanes to six lanes and for which construction is scheduled to begin by 2022.

Status: Lakeway Communications Director Jarrod Wise said in mid-November the TxDOT project would probably start around the middle of 2020, with the goal of havingit completed before the 2020-21 school year begins. Officials do not have a firm estimation on cost yet but are getting closer, Wise said, and added that it will likely come before City Council for review. Wheelis said TxDOT is still planning for this interim project on its end.

Timeline: construction estimated to begin summer 2020

Cost: N/A

Funding source: TxDOT
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.


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