Bee Cave City Council removed plans to create an additional right-turn lane on the southbound portion of Vail Divide at the intersection of Hwy. 71 during an April 9 meeting.

The reason

The plans were originally meant to ease traffic congestion within the Falconhead neighborhood between Bee Cave Middle School and Lake Travis High School, which Vail Divide runs through.

However, a 2023 traffic analysis revealed that the expansion would not be worth its $250,000 price tag.

The study also found minimal differences to daytime traffic patterns during the school year before and after the Vail Divide extension opened in June.

The Falconhead neighborhood entrance and its monuments will now remain untouched.

An alternative use of the funds has not yet been determined, Assistant City Manager Lindsey Oskoui said.

The bigger picture

The project was apart of the Capital Improvements Plan adopted by the council in 2021, which includes nearly $19 million in future road projects.

One upcoming project is the $5 million widening of RM 620 in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation.

As of press time, an official start date for construction has not been identified.