Transportation Updates

1. CR 245 and Williams Drive intersection realignment

Williamson County broke ground April 7 on a project that will realign the intersection of CR 245 and Williams Drive to align CR 245 with the Gabriel Woods Drive and Williams intersection. The project will also add a left-turn lane from CR 245 onto Williams. At their March 10 meeting Williamson County commissioners approved a construction contract with KWest Group.
Timeline: April-August
Cost: $550,000
Funding sources: Williamson County road bond

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 2. Ninth Street improvements
The city of Georgetown project to upgrade utilities, parking, sidewalks and landscaping along two blocks of Ninth Street between Rock and Main streets is complete. The portion between Austin Avenue and Rock Street was completed in January, and the section between Austin Avenue and Main Street will be completed in May.
Timeline: September-May
Cost: $787,000
Funding Sources: city of Georgetown

 3. Parking lot addition
Construction is expected to begin in June to build a parking lot on 1.3 acres at Martin Luther King and Eighth streets near the Georgetown Public Library. City Council approved a 10-year lease agreement with the county to build the lot on the county’s property.
Timeline: June-fall 2015
Cost: $340,000
Funding sources: city of Georgetown

4. FM 1460 expansion
Construction to widen FM 1460 to four lanes from Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown to just north of University Boulevard in Round Rock is expected to begin this spring. The project will also include traffic signal and bridge improvements. Utility relocation for the project is ongoing. TxDOT will complete the construction.
Timeline: spring 2015-spring 2017 Cost: $38.4 million
Funding sources: city of Georgetown, city of Round Rock, TxDOT, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Williamson County

5. Snead Drive expansion
The city plans to widen Snead Drive from SE Inner Loop to Cooperative Way to a four-lane undivided roadway to provide infrastructure for ongoing economic development in the area. The project will also include wastewater improvements. City Council is expected to approve a construction contract in June.
Timeline: summer 2015-summer 2016
Cost: $825,100
Funding sources: city of Georgetown

6. I-35 northbound frontage road
Construction to add a northbound I-35 frontage road between Hwy. 29 and SE Inner Loop continues. Along with new frontage road lanes, the project will add a southbound-to northbound turnaround bridge at Leander Road and add noncontiguous sidewalks from SE Inner Loop to Westinghouse Road. Throughout April construction closed sections of I-35 main lanes as crews completed work on the Leander Road bridge. Contractors are urging drivers in the area to use caution and pay attention to road signs as new portions of roadway and new entrance and exit ramps are opened. The portion of the new frontage road at SE Inner Loop is expected to open soon. Crews are working out timing issues with the railroad crossing.
Timeline: February 2013-summer 2015
Cost: $19.3 million
Funding sources: Williamson County road bond with a pass-through financing agreement with TxDOT

Other transportation projects

  • Construction on Hwy. 195 Phase 3 from just south of Ronald Reagan Boulevard to I-35 is expected to be completed this spring. The final paving on northbound lanes is scheduled for late spring when temperatures are consistently higher than 70 degrees.
    Timeline: Spring 2015 completion

  • Hwy. 195 Phase 2 from 3.4 miles south of Hwy. 138 to south of Ronald Reagan Boulevard is anticipated to be completed in fall 2016. Construction will include a bridge structure over Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
    Timeline: Fall 2016