Bee Caves Road expansion, Loop 360 intersection improvements and more: 5 transportation projects in the Lake Travis area

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1. Bee Caves Road expansion

Crews are completing the last of utility relocations and continue constructing retaining walls and sidewalks from Redbud Trail to Walsh Tarlton Lane. They are preparing the roadway to begin the expansion for the center turn lane. Crews have completed constructing some of the sidewalks and retaining walls in the project limits, and most aerial utilities have been relocated.

Timelne: complete summer 2019

2. Loop 360 intersections improvements

TxDOT is completing conceptual schematics for construction of a diverging diamond intersection at Hwy. 360 and Bee Caves Road and at Hwy. 360 and RM 2222. Improvements to create grade-separated intersections will take place at Hwy. 360 intersections with Westlake Drive, Lost Creek Boulevard, Westbank Drive/Scottish Woods Trail, Spicewood Springs/Bluff Stone, Lakewood Drive, Courtyard Drive and Walsh Tarlton Lane.

Timeline: out for bids between 2022-26

3. New traffic light at RM 620 and Oak Grove Boulevard

Austin Energy connected service to the new traffic signal at the end of March. After the service was connected. The signal flashed yellow for about seven days to alert drivers to the change before becoming activated full-time.

Timelne: Sept. 2017 – March 2018

Why improvements are needed at RM 2222 and RM 620

This intersection in the Four Points area experiences significant congestion. A TxDOT study shows by 2020 travel times will increase by 40-59 percent from RM 620 to Ribelin Ranch Drive. There is a need to add travel capacity to improve mobility. The analysis of proposed improvements indicates the travel times today could be reduced by about 60 percent. This change will help maintain safe access to and from the schools located north of RM 2222 off McNeil Drive.

4. RM 2222 from Bonaventure Boulevard to Ribelin Ranch Drive

The project consists of adding a through travel lane eastbound from Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard and westbound from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard. Turn lanes and raised medians would be built within the project limits.

Timeline: summer 2018 goes to bid, fall 2018 construction starts, complete in summer 2020

Estimated cost: $11 million

Funding source: TxDOT

5. RM 620 from Steiner Ranch Boulevard to RM 2222

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.

Timeline: summer 2019 goes to bid, fall 2019 construction starts, complete in summer 2020

Estimated cost: $7 million

Funding source: TxDOT

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Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.
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