State expects no significant delays to Northwest Austin road projects due to winter storm

Icy road in Austin
A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

After a brief pause due to unsafe weather conditions, a handful of projects across Northwest Austin are now back underway.

“Due to the recent winter storm, projects were halted,” said Bradley Wheelis, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

Wheelis added that weather delays are built into timelines for TxDOT projects, so the state does not anticipate any substantial delays to its projects across Northwest Austin.

Some minor equipment damages incurred during the storm have required replacement, according to Wheelis.

State crews this week are replacing traffic markers and reflectors at the site of the upcoming bypass at RM 620 and RM 2222. In North Austin at the overhaul of the intersection at Parmer Lane and I-35, Wheelis said some contractor equipment that uses diesel fuel encountered “gelling” in the prolonged below-freezing temperatures and required repair.


The construction of flyovers at I-35 and US 183 was temporarily halted during the winter storm. Construction has since resumed, and no significant delays in delivery are expected.

In North Austin, the city of Austin’s Corridor Program Office on Feb. 22 stated on social media it may begin work on pedestrian improvements before the end of February.

A city project that will build a new sidewalk along Burnet Road from just south of Braker Lane to just north of Kramer Lane looks like it will remain on its original timeline despite last week’s winter storm.

The pedestrian improvements project will add more than 2,000 feet of sidewalk near Q2 Stadium, home of Austin FC. Construction is anticipated to last 90 days, according to the corridor program office.
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.


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