Work at intersection of Pecan Street, FM 685 in Pflugerville will finish early

The intersection will be operational 10 days earlier than expected. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
The intersection will be operational 10 days earlier than expected. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

The intersection will be operational 10 days earlier than expected. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

The construction project at the intersection of Pecan Street and FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville is slated to be finished ahead of schedule—by Nov. 10, 10 days earlier than when the updated intersection was set to become operational.

Pflugerville City Council approved a change order May 25 to the project to accelerate an already accelerated construction timeline.

The city will save an estimate $187,416 to $271,870 with the change order. The total amount will not be determined until work is finished, according to a city spokesperson. In March, council approved the original construction contract for $4.38 million.

The project will add a displaced left turn to the intersection. A displaced left turn allows vehicles to make unopposed left turns at an intersection by crossing traffic over to the other side of the road prior to the intersection using an exclusive lane.

Construction for the intersection project began April 19, and major traffic changes began May 5, affecting drivers. From March 15-April 18, there were three collisions and six traffic stops in the area of the intersection, according to data from the city. From April 19-May 20, there were 15 collisions and 22 traffic stops.



“We’re going to have school starting this year and having a major facility coming online and increasing our truck traffic in July,” Council Member Mike Heath said. “I think discussing a shorter schedule and getting it in place ideally by the end of August is prudent.”

The city is working with the construction manager and the Texas Department of Transportation to ensure the safest traffic control plan and signage are in place, according to a city spokesperson. Residents can see updates on the city's website, social media and receive text-based construction updates from Nixle.

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.