Pflugerville wraps up 2014 transportation bond projects

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Work began in late February on the Pfennig Lane rehabilitation project, the last remaining road project from the city of Pflugerville’s voter-approved 2014 transportation bond projects.

The Pfennig Lane project is one of several large transportation projects the city of Pflugerville is set to either break ground on or totally finish by the end of spring.

City crews are working to complete work on the Weiss Lane improvements project by June.

“It is a big project,” Pflugerville Assistant City Manager Trey Fletcher said. “We’re seeing the end of the project on the horizon.”

Pflugerville City Council on Jan. 22 awarded a $1.62 million contract with Smith Contracting Co. Inc. for the construction of the Pfennig Lane widening project. The project, according to the bid documents, will widen Pfennig Lane to three lanes along a 2,500-foot stretch of roadway spanning from Rocky Creek Drive to the Pflugerville Justice Center.

Sidewalk will be installed along the northern section of Pfennig Lane.

Construction will be divided into two phases, though traffic will be constricted to one lane throughout both phases. According to Fletcher, the sole lane is dedicated to westbound traffic. The city’s website shows eastbound traffic has to detour through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685.

Pfennig Lane sees 6,000 vehicle trips on a daily basis, according to the city, and Fletcher anticipates the roadway will see increased traffic once construction is complete.

“The emerging retail is there, as well as the shopping on the east end [of Pfennig Lane]. I think once it is improved to a safer condition, people will use it more,” Fletcher said.

As the city gets the last of its 2014 transportation bond projects underway, it is also planning to break ground on the first of its 2018 transportation bond projects in the spring.

Work on the Old Austin-Hutto Road roadway improvements project will likely begin by late spring or early summer, according to Fletcher. This project will widen Old Austin-Hutto Road into a three-lane roadway, and Fletcher said the city will work on the road’s low-water crossing to mitigate flooding risks.

This project will ultimately be the first of the four 2018 bond projects that begins construction. While the city is currently underway soliciting design plans for the three other bond projects—the second phase of Kelly Lane, Colorado Sand Drive improvements and the East Pflugerville Parkway extension—plans for Old Austin-Hutto Road were largely already in place.

“It’s one of the few, if not the only, projects we actually had plans on the shelf for. So we’re in the process of cleaning those plans up,” Fletcher said.

Drivers can expect to see work clear up on Weiss Lane by the end of spring. Additionally, the city is wrapping up on the final phases of the Heatherwilde and Windermere neighborhood street improvements.

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.
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