See TxDOT updates on projects in West Travis County

Work crews are currently installing a cable barrier in the median along portions of Loop 360 as part of a state highway safety project. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work crews are currently installing a cable barrier in the median along portions of Loop 360 as part of a state highway safety project. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work crews are currently installing a cable barrier in the median along portions of Loop 360 as part of a state highway safety project. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)

Area motorists in western Travis County should note that the Texas Department of Transportation has several ongoing maintenance projects.

Loop 360 safety project

A project began in December to install a safety barrier along the median of Loop 360 will be complete later in spring 2021, according to TxDOT.

Contractor Dan Williams Co. is installing the permanent barrier from the Loop 360 bridge to Walsh Tarlton Lane. The project, at a cost of about $1.3 million, involves the use of 32,860 feet of metal cable that is meant to prevent head-on collisions.

RM 620/RM 2222 bypass

Farther to the southwest, paving has begun for the RM 620 bypass road. This project consists of adding an outside northbound merge lane along RM 620 from Steiner Ranch Boulevard to the new bypass road, which will connect to RM 2222 while avoiding the current intersection at Bullick Hollow. Once paving is completed, curbs and sidewalks will be installed, according to TxDOT. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2021.

RM 2222 improvement

In that same area, a second project is ongoing to improve RM 2222 between River Place Boulevard and McNeil Drive. It also is scheduled for completion in late 2021. As part of that project, eastbound lanes of RM 2222 recently have been closed at night for paving. Paving of those lanes was scheduled to be complete March 24, but it is subject to delays due to weather.

RM 620 traffic signal upgrade

In Bee Cave, TxDOT is installing new traffic signals at the intersection of RM 620 and Hwy. 71. The work is part of ongoing highway maintenance and is expected to be complete in early May.
By Greg Perliski
Greg edits Community Impact Newspaper's Lakeway/Lake Travis and Northwest Austin editions. During the course of his diverse career, he has written for newspapers, online publications and corporate communications teams. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. You can reach him at


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