After a delay of around one year, the Texas Department of Transportation is nearing completion on two projects near the RM 2222 and RM 620 intersection.

The construction of a new bypass road, which broke ground in late 2019, is on track to finish early next year, TxDOT Public Information Officer Brad Wheelis said.

The northbound bypass lane opened over the summer, and the southbound bypass lane will open in November, weather permitting, he added.

The stretch from Steiner Ranch Boulevard to the bypass road will add an auxiliary lane to allow for less congestion for turning traffic. The project will also consist of turn lanes, medians and shoulders on RM 2222 between the new bypass road and RM 620, according to the TxDOT website.

The widening project, which broke ground in late 2018, extends along RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive and is on track to finish this fall, Wheelis said. In both directions, the road will be between two and three lanes wide, and it will also add a raised median for the entire stretch, he added.

The relocation of a utility on the widening project led to delays for both projects.

“The widening project was delayed by utility relocation for about a year. Because the projects are tied to one another, this delayed completion of the bypass project as well,” Wheelis said.

The bypass project cost $10 million and received $7.5 million in funding from the city of Austin through the 2016 mobility bond. The widening project construction cost is $17.2 million, according to the TxDOT website.