Safety improvements project in Lakeway will see medians placed along RM 620 by end of summer

Texas Department of Transportation engineer Epi Gonzalez updated Lakeway City Council on proposed raised medians that will run through a portion of the city along RM 620. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Department of Transportation engineer Epi Gonzalez updated Lakeway City Council on proposed raised medians that will run through a portion of the city along RM 620. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas Department of Transportation engineer Epi Gonzalez updated Lakeway City Council on proposed raised medians that will run through a portion of the city along RM 620. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lakeway City Council voted to approve a transportation project that has been in the works for almost a year.

Texas Department of Transportation engineer Epi Gonzalez updated Lakeway City Council on proposed raised medians that will run through a portion of the city along RM 620 during council’s special session Dec. 9.

According to city documents, the project, which will be funded by TxDOT, will place raised medians on RM 620’s center land and span from Lohmans Crossing Boulevard on the southern portion and run slightly past Bella Montangna Circle on the north end.

Gonzalez said the project limits were recently increased by TxDOT and initially stopped at Lakeway Boulevard on the north end.

Gonzalez also discussed travel times that would be increased by adding the medians due to the fact that motorists will no longer be able to turn left or right from RM 620 at any point.


“Once the raised median is in place, you’re not going to be able to make that left turn there,” Gonzalez said, using the section of RM 620 at Randall’s in north Lakeway as an example of how motorists will have to continue to traffic lights to make turns when the project is complete.

Council initially discussed the matter during a special session last December with the goal of making safety improvements ahead of the massive RM 620 widening project that will take the road from five lanes to six lanes and for which construction is scheduled to begin by 2022.

Gonzalez also said the points at which motorists will be able to turn off of RM 620 or make U-turns once the medians are installed will mirror the access points planned as part of the larger widening project.

“Right now, we’re doing the design in-house, and we’re looking at an April letting,” Gonzalez said of when the project would go out for contract. “I checked with the Lake Travis school district, and their last day in May falls in line with the timing of our project.”

Most of the construction work during the summer months will be conducted at night, he said, adding he is confident it can be substantially complete by the end of summer, though a final timeline has not been set.

Regarding costs, Gonzalez said the project carries a price tag estimated at $450,000, all of which would be covered by TxDOT. One aspect the department does request help with from the city of Lakeway, he said, is garnering support from businesses along RM 620.

Mayor Sandy Cox said she appreciated the fact that TxDOT is paying for the project.
SHARE THIS STORY
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.


MOST RECENT

"Hi There" By Helena Sue Martin features a golden-cheeked warbler native to Central Texas. (Courtesy Regina Pyne)
The Hill Country Galleria unveils 3 murals by local artists

The Hill Country Galleria comissioned three works by local Austin artists featuring murals that pay homage to Central Texas.

Lakeway City Council Member Laurie Higginbotham led officials in a discussion of the dangers of vaping and its prevalence among Lake Travis-area youth. (Screenshot from Jan. 13 special City Council meeting)
Lakeway officials could include vaping as part of city’s existing smoking ban

Following a robust discussion on the matter during a Jan. 13 special meeting, Lakeway officials will vote on amending its smoking ordinance to include the use of e-cigarettes in public places throughout the city.

Co-owner Trevor Mackellar founded Healthy Pet with Chris Jabbori in 2012. (Community Impact staff)
Austin-based pet store Healthy Pet opens in Hill Country Galleria

Healhy Pet will host local adoption events and feature self-serve dog wash stations.

The Austin Board of Realtors recently published its annual market report. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Median home price in Lake Travis-Westlake market higher in 2019 than any other year on record

The Austin Board of Realtors released both its December and year-end 2019 Central Texas Housing Market Report on Jan 16.

Gordon Butler, Lake Travis High School principal, spoke on the district's drug testing program during a Jan. 15 meeting (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact)
Lake Travis ISD officials revisit the discussion on the district’s drug testing program

The LTISD board of trustees revisited the discussion on the district's random drug testing program at their Jan. 16 meeting.

Austin City Council is considering an end to enforcement of low level marijuana possession laws. (SHELBY SAVAGE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER)
Support grows among Austin City Council members who want to end local penalties for low-level marijuana possession

If successful, the Austin Police Department would no longer hand out arrests or citations for possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute.

The city of Lakeway began a soft launch of its new website the afternoon of Jan. 16. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Lakeway commences soft launch of new city website design

Lakeway Communications Director Jarod Wise spearheaded the revamp.

Delays have pushed back completion of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Utility and other hurdles delay Bee Creek Sports Complex

Though it was initially planned to be ready for play by 2020, delays pertaining to construction and, more specifically, to water service, have pushed the completion date of the much-anticipated Bee Creek Sports Complex to spring 2022.

Johnny Hill—Lake Travis ISD’s assistant superintendent for business, financial and auxiliary services—presented the district's budget projections during a Jan. 15 school board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD projects a balanced budget and decreased tax rate for the 2020-21 school year

Lake Travis ISD begins its preliminary discussion on the 2020-21 budget.

Thai Spice's sister restaurant, Green Mango by Thai Spice, offers a variety of dishes made from family recipes. (Courtesy Green Mango by Thai Spice)
Lakeway's Thai Spice opens in a new location

Thai Spice celebrated its first day of business in its new location Jan. 14.

zanjero park water
Travis County commissioners pursue easement to bring water to Las Lomitas subdivision

Travis County commissioners are working to address colonias—unincorporated areas in the county that lack basic utilities.

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Austin Public Health confirms city’s first rubella case since 1999

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999.

Back to top