Pflugerville City Council is set to approve an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation at a meeting Nov. 28, pushing forward design plans for the East Pecan Street and SH 130 improvement project.

The overview

Upon approval, the city will enter into an advanced funding agreement with TxDOT, agreeing to a contribution of $10,000 to the state’s traffic and revenue study for the area. The study will assess any revenue impacts along the SH 45 and SH 130 elements of the Central Texas Turnpike System.

An advanced funding agreement, as defined by TxDOT, is an agreement between the state transportation department and a local government wherein the two parties negotiate their roles and responsibilities for the project. These responsibilities may include conducting work or providing funding, amongst other elements.

Once the state’s study is complete, the city can move forward with design and engineering plans for East Pecan Street. The project will increase overall safety and mobility for local traffic conditions, according to city documents.

Long story short

Improvements—part of the city’s infrastructure strategic plans—include widening the existing roadway on East Pecan Street from three to six lanes and up to an eight-lane bridge over SH 130. Plans also cite improvements to intersection signals, street lighting and shared-use paths.

Funding for the project comes from the voter-approved 2020 Transportation Bond Improvement Program. The total cost for this project is estimated at $3.7 million, which also includes engineering design, utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition.