A Texas Department of Transportation project to expand and improve the portion of FM 306 between Town Center Drive and I-35 North Frontage Road is expected to be completed in March.

The work is part of the northern portion of TxDOT’s I-35 Improvement Project and includes several projects along I-35 between FM 306 and the Hays County line.

Crews reconfigured the northbound exit ramp to FM 306 in October 2019 and reconfigured the northbound entrance ramp south of South Kowald Lane before beginning work on the intersection that runs in front of the Town Center at Creekside Crossing shopping center.

Plans for the intersection include the addition of a displaced left-turn lane, which will allow left-turn traffic to cross opposing traffic before entering the intersection, according to a TxDOT representative.

Once completed, the intersection improvements should decrease delay times from 42 seconds to 27 seconds, per TxDOT projections.

In September, westbound traffic on FM 306 was switched to the eastbound lanes to allow crews to widen and reconstruct the former westbound lanes. During the switch, eastbound traffic will not be allowed to make left turns through the work zone and will be required to use Town Center Drive to access stores and restaurants within the shopping center.

In total, the project is estimated to cost $18 million. The entire northern portion of the I-35 Improvement Project is expected to cost $63.8 million and be complete by this fall.