Intersection improvements at RM 620, Anderson Mill Road still years away from construction start

RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road intersection in Northwest Austin
The Texas Department of Transportation anticipates traffic counts at the intersection of RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road to increase by 14% by 2025. Improvements at the intersection are not scheduled to begin until 2027 at the earliest. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of Transportation anticipates traffic counts at the intersection of RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road to increase by 14% by 2025. Improvements at the intersection are not scheduled to begin until 2027 at the earliest. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Without dedicated funding from local, state or federal sources, much needed improvements at the intersection of RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road will not begin until at least 2027, according to state officials.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Aug. 26 hosted a virtual public meeting to preview early schematics of proposed improvements at the congested Northwest Austin intersection as well as collect feedback from the public.

According to slides presented by TxDOT, acquisition of nearby land for right of way will not start until spring 2023 with an anticipated construction start date in 2027 at the earliest.

“The RM 620 and Anderson Mill Road intersection project timeline is contingent on funding, right of way acquisition and utility relocation, and as such, dates are subject to change,” said Bradley Wheelis, public information officer for TxDOT, during the recorded Aug. 26 virtual presentation.

The proposed improvements at RM 620 and Anderson Mill currently do not have allocated funds for construction. In 2020, the project was stripped of $25 million in funding after the the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to redirect those funds to help pay for the upcoming I-35 Capital Express Project.

Wheelis in the presentation said the project will likely utilize state and federal funding for completion in the future. An environmental review of the project is mandated due to those probable funding sources, according to TxDOT.

“The proposed project does not currently have construction funding, but TxDOT is actively seeking funds to advance the improvements,” Wheelis said during the presentation.

If the project moves forward, the proposed improvements include elevated bypass lanes that will help alleviate congestion at the RM 620 and Anderson Mill intersection. According to early schematics for the project, the elevated bridge will run along RM 620 from just south of Anderson Mill to just north of El Salido Parkway.

The project will also add two- to three-lane frontage roads and 10-foot shared-use paths along RM 620. The entire scope of the project runs from south of Foundation Road to Little Elm Trail on RM 620 in Northwest Austin. Construction will also extend approximately 900 feet on Anderson Mill north and south of the intersection with RM 620.

According to TxDOT, the project scope stretches across both Travis and Williamson counties as well as the city limits of both Austin and Cedar Park.

TxDOT anticipates congestion at the intersection to steadily increase before any construction on improvements can begin. According to numbers presented by the state agency Aug. 26, the average daily traffic count at the RM 620 and Anderson Mill intersection is expected to grow by 14% by 2025, up to 49,600 daily drivers. By 2045, the number of daily drivers at that intersection is expected to reach 67,000.

Final schematics on the project will be completed by the end of fall 2022, Wheelis said during the Aug. 26 presentation.

Acquisition of up to 27 acres of right of way land may begin by 2023, TxDOT materials show. Wheelis said during the presentation that up to 20 commercial properties may be relocated due to the project.

“No residential displacements are anticipated as a result of the potential improvements,” Wheelis said during the presentation.

TxDOT is collecting feedback and comments from the public through Sept. 10. Materials are available online for review on the project’s TxDOT page. Written comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted via email or sent by mail to Matthew Cho, P.E., TxDOT project manager, TxDOT Austin District Office, P.O. Box 15426, Austin, Texas 78761-5426.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin city staff and officials are pursuing additional protections related to mold issues in rental housing. (Courtesy city of Austin)
City pursuing improvements to handling of Austin renters' mold complaints

New recommendations from a report launched in the wake of Winter Storm Uri detail adjustments Austin could make to its mold response.

Students at O. Henry Middle School in Austin head in for their first day of school Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD's COVID-19 rate lower than nearby districts after first month of school

Austin ISD recorded more cases in the first month of this school year than in all of the 2020-2021 school year. Still, Austin ISD saw a lower percentage of cases in students than surrounding school districts.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees will meet to discuss and take action regarding resolutions to censure Place 2 and 7 Trustees Mary Bone and Danielle Weston on Sept. 22. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD board to consider censuring of trustees, mask matrix on Sept. 22

Two Round Rock ISD trustees are up for possible censure, according to the meeting agenda for Sept 22.

Screen shot of Dr. Desmar Walkes speaking
Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

The city of Austin this summer cleared four unregulated homeless encampments and shifted dozens of residents into shelters. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house thousands of Austin's homeless people taking shape, but outlook for local success, project funding still unclear

The strategy's first housing benchmark fell short in June, and updates on how the estimated $515 million needed for housing and services will be spent are overdue.

 Busy Nurse's Station In Modern Hospital
Williamson County seeking input on community health needs

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is holding two focus group sessions through September with the goal of collecting public feedback on community health needs throughout the county.

The city is looking for feedback on its cap and stitch proposal, which is in the preliminary stages. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
City seeks input on proposals to add decks and widened bridges over I-35 in Central Austin

The proposal is in the preliminary stages, and the city is still reviewing the feasibility of locations and project funding.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Dream Bakery
Wells Branch cake expert Dream Bakery celebrates 5-year anniversary

Dream Bakery specializes in custom cakes and gluten free baked goods.