Citizens can take survey on 5 major road projects in Lake Travis-Westlake area under consideration for funding from Travis County

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Travis County is seeking input on dozens of road projects, including several in the Lake Travis-Westlake area.

The finalization of projects that could possibly get county funding is dubbed the Travis County Transportation Blueprint, and officials are currently spearheading a citizen feedback campaign in order to zero in the most needed projects.

Information from Travis County’s website states the blueprint aims to meet the community’s transportation needs for the next 30 years, and decisions regarding funding allocation are a critical part of the process.

“Too many projects are chasing too few dollars,” the county’s website states. “Before we finalize the Blueprint, we want to hear from you: Which of these projects are most important to you? Are there some you don’t like? Are there some that are not a high priority for you?”

In western Travis County, major road projects include Bee Creek Road, Lohman Ford Road and Hamilton Pool Road.

“Some of them will be pipelined quicker than others,” said Gerald Daugherty, the Travis County commissioner for Precinct 3. “Hamilton Pool Road is probably my next major road to take on because of the safety factor. It’s where I’m going to put a lot of the energy.”

Daugherty said Hamilton Pool Road needs a center turn lane and 6-foot shoulders at least from Hwy. 71 to RM 12, and he has been working with the Texas Department of Transportation on a funding strategy for the $12.2 million project for several months.

The original project for Hamilton Pool Road had a construction cost estimate of $5.2 million, which would have come from TxDOT. TxDOT Public Information Officer Bradley Wheelis said in April the addition of the left turn lane raised the estimate to $12.2 million.

To take the survey and voice input on projects under consideration, click here.

Here is information on six projects under consideration in the Lake Travis-Westlake area for county funding:

Bee Creek Road
Project limits: from Highlands Boulevard to RM 2322
Project description: construct a 4-lane divided roadway
Bike and pedestrian improvements: 6-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of roadway

Bob Wire Road

Project limits: from FM SH 71 West to Bee Creek Road
Project description: construct a two-lane undivided roadway
Bike and pedestrian improvements: 6-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of roadway

Hamilton Pool Road
Project limits: from east side of Pedernales River to RM 12
Project description: Construct a 2-lane divided roadway
Bike and pedestrian improvements: 6-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of roadway

Thomas Springs Road

Project limits: from SH 71 West to Circle Drive
Project description: construct a two-lane undivided roadway
Bike and pedestrian improvements: 6-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of roadway

Vail Divide Road

Project limits: from SH 71 West to RM 3238
Project description: construct a 4-lane divided roadway
Bike pedestrian improvements: 6-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks on both sides of roadway

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  1. With the new elementary school under construction, and the mix-master roundabout at Highlands, Bee Creek Road needs some serious help. The bicyclers have found it. It will have way more traffic than it was designed for, and a newly renovated road would be most welcome.

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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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