Transportation Updates

Lake Travis | Westlake Transportation Updates

1. Bee Caves Road center turn lane

The Texas Department of Transportation will add a center turn lane on Bee Caves Road between Red Bud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane. The project is a culmination of discussions with staffers in Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, cities that worked for years to acquire the right of way needed to convert the four-lane roadway into a five-lane section. The work will be performed by Aaron Concrete Contractors.

Timeline: 2016-2018
Cost:  $29 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

2. Hazard elimination project on Fitzhugh Road

TxDOT plans to make safety improvements including adding signage, delineation and guardrails on Fitzhugh Road from Hwy. 290 to the Travis/Hays county line. The project is slated to be opened to contractor bids in August 2017.

Timeline: August 2017-fall/winter 2017
Cost: About $104,500
Funding sources: TxDOT federal funds, Travis County

3. Loop 360 entrance/exit lanes

TxDOT will add extended entrance and exit lanes on Loop 360 to improve intersections with Walsh Tarlton Lane, the Barton Creek Square Mall entrance, MoPac and the intersection just south of MoPac in Austin. A left-turn lane will also be added on the northbound frontage road of MoPac at Loop 360.

Timeline: Feb. 2016-spring 2017
Cost: $6.44 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

4. MoPac toll lanes

Upon completion the highway will have one new lane in each direction from Parmer Lane to Cesar Chavez Street that will be tolled. Current construction includes bridge widening, building sound walls, installing conduit and cables to support the toll-collection and intelligent transportation systems, and completing the relocation of temporary ramps. The timeline was delayed from a fall 2015 completion to late 2016.

Timeline: late 2013-late 2016
Cost: $204 million
Funding sources: federal and state funds

5. Bicycle/pedestrian bridge along MoPac over Barton Creek Greenbelt

Partnering with the city of Austin, TxDOT is constructing a bridge and shared-use path along northbound MoPac lanes over the Barton Creek Greenbelt from one frontage road turnaround to the other near MoPac’s intersections with Southwest Parkway and Loop 360. Remaining work includes adding columns, beams, railings and lights.

Timeline: February 2014-spring 2016
Cost: $7.7 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, city of Austin

6. Flint Rock Road

Lake Travis | Westlake Transportation Updates This Flint Rock Road section runs from Serene Hills Drive to Jack Nicklaus Drive.[/caption]

Approximately 2 miles of the two-lane Flint Rock Road—between RR 620 at Lakeway Regional Medical Center and Serene Hills Drive—will be widened, with a buffer and asphalt shoulder added. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete depending on the weather, and Travis County will manage the construction phase performed by Smith Contracting Co. Construction began the week of Oct. 19 with the erection of signage and erosion protection. Early segments of the project include brush clearing and the construction of temporary travel lanes for traffic control.

Timeline: October 2015-late 2016
Cost: $9.2 million total with 47 percent funded by the city of Lakeway and 53 percent funded by Travis County
Funding sources: city of Lakeway, Travis County