With Hutto’s Perfect Game mixed-use development anticipated to begin construction Oct. 1, the city is beginning preparations for traffic infrastructure improvements in the surrounding area.
Located at Hwy. 79 and CR 132 adjacent to Fritz Park, the project is anchored by baseball scouting company Perfect Game, which announced its headquarters relocation to Hutto in April. The $800 million project, the largest economic deal in city history, will include commercial and residential areas, a conference center and hotel alongside its headquarters and sports technology research facilities.
Donna Simmons, a spokesperson for the city of Hutto, said in an email that the city plans to construct a new northbound and southbound road that would connect Hwy. 79 and Limmer Loop, running through the Perfect Game development. Mager Lane would also connect to the newly constructed road, Simmons added.
Included in the requirements for the site is a traffic-impact analysis, which Simmons confirmed is underway. The results of the analysis will outline improvements needed for existing roads as well as highlight which intersections are likely to be impacted by the influx of traffic related to the development.
Community Impact Newspaper reached out via social media to ask residents about questions or concerns they have regarding traffic infrastructure surrounding the Perfect Game site.
Eric Montoya, a resident of the Carol Meadows neighborhood, said his main concerns include the potential effects the development could have on city tax rates as well as the impact of the development’s noise and lighting on nearby residential areas.
Montoya added that residents living on Mager are concerned the road is not wide enough to accommodate trucks and visitors coming to the site alongside the current residential traffic.
Tina Baudier, a Creek Bend resident, said she is in favor of the city’s growth and revitalization efforts but added that city staff needed to focus on updating the infrastructure of current roadways and highways along neighborhoods before constructing new ones.
Baudier said a southern loop around Hutto, which has been proposed by Williamson County, would be less beneficial than adding more lanes to Hwy. 79.
Planned roadway improvements near the Perfect Game site are part of a broader set of transportation plans to help ease future congestion in the area, Simmons said. More information will be released soon, per city officials.