Transportation Updates—May 2015

Transportation Updates May 2015


1. MoPac toll lanes


MoPac toll lanesIn April the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority installed two sections of the new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks near The Domain. The final piece will be installed soon. Crews will add sidewalks and the shared-use path throughout the toll lane project between Parmer Lane and Lady Bird Lake. Other activities include construction of an auxiliary lane on northbound MoPac near Steck Avenue and asphalt paving north of US 183.


Timeline: October 2013-fall 2015
Cost: $204 million
Funding sources: state and federal funds







2. US 183 frontage road resurfacing


The Texas Department of Transportation is resurfacing a 1-mile section of US 183 frontage road between Loop 360 and MoPac.


Timeline: May-August
Cost: $1.4 million
Funding sources: state funding







3. US 183 frontage road resurfacing


TxDOT will resurface 1.5 miles of roadway on the US 183 frontage road from Lake Creek Parkway to McNeil Drive. The project will take three months.


Timeline: scheduled to start this spring
Cost: $2 million
Funding sources: TxDOT







4. Loop 360 resurfacing


TxDOT will resurface 12 miles of Loop 360 from US 183 to Walsh Tarlton Lane. The project will take two months.


Timeline: scheduled to start this spring
Cost: $3.2 million
Funding sources: state Transportation Development Credits







5. Left-turn lane expansion


TxDOT is expanding the left-turn lane on eastbound RM 2222 to McNeil Drive to two lanes.


Timeline: May-September
Cost: $1.1 million
Funding sources: state Proposition 1 funds

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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