FM 1660 upgrades in design phase; construction expected to begin in fall 2022

FM 1660 and Limmer Loop will receive several new through lanes and dedicated turn lanes. (Courtesy city of Hutto)
FM 1660 and Limmer Loop will receive several new through lanes and dedicated turn lanes. (Courtesy city of Hutto)

FM 1660 and Limmer Loop will receive several new through lanes and dedicated turn lanes. (Courtesy city of Hutto)

Hutto is designing several improvements to various intersections along FM 1660. The city expects to begin construction on two of the three projects by the fall of next year.

The first project will expand the FM 1660 and Limmer Loop intersection. It will add an additional through lane to FM 1660 in both directions as well as dedicated left- and right-turn lanes on FM 1660 and Limmer Loop in both directions. The project will also add additional sidewalks.

The project's budget is $8 million. Funding for the project will come from 2018 bond funds. Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2022 and conclude by summer 2023.

The second project will add a dedicated right-turn lane to FM 1660 southbound at the FM 1660 North and US 79 intersection. It will also increase railroad pre-emption at the intersection to ensure drivers stopped at the intersection are clear of the railroad tracks.

The project's budget is $800,000, and funding will come from 2018 bond funds. Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2022 and conclude by fall 2023.


The third project will add a right-turn lane on US 79 eastbound and a left-turn lane on FM 1660 northbound at the FM 1660 South and US 79 intersection. It will also add a median, sidewalks and additional railroad pre-emption.

With a budget of $3.6 million, funding for the project will come from a combination of 2018 bond funds and federal grant funds. Construction on the project is expected to begin in summer 2024 and conclude by summer 2025.

Wade Benton, public works and engineering director for the city of Hutto, said the longer time frame on the third project is because the city must coordinate with the railroad during the design phase.

"The design itself doesn't take that long; it's all the reviews, the coordination agreement with the railroad," Benton said.
By Carson Ganong

Reporter, Pflugerville/Hutto

Carson became the reporter for the Pflugerville-Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021. Before joining CI, Carson studied journalism at Texas State University, where he covered San Marcos as a reporter for Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star.