Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation the city of Austin were on hand to turn dirt on the project. The two entities will contribute $15.8 million and $7.5 million, respectively, to the bypass project. Austin’s portion of the project costs are funded by the city’s 2016 voter-approved mobility bond.
Construction of the bypass is expected to wrap up in spring 2021. The bypass road will cut south of the current RM 620 and RM 2222 intersection, about 1 mile north of Steiner Ranch Boulevard, and will work to draw traffic flow away from the northernmost intersection.
“For those who travel this corridor on a daily basis, you witness firsthand the congestion and safety issues,” TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson said Dec. 11. “Once this project is complete, you'll not only be able to get to the Four Points, but be able to get through the Four Points, and that is the whole point of this project.”
The bypass road is part of a larger two-part project to alleviate congestion along the RM 2222 corridor. The other construction project, which broke ground in January, will add an additional travel lane on RM 2222 as well as turn lanes and a raised median.
Ferguson said TxDOT is “looking at” expanding RM 620 North. The state agency will hold a public meeting for that expansion in early 2020, Ferguson said at the Dec. 11 groundbreaking.