Pflugerville summer road work to bring projects to a close, repair ‘failing’ streets

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Pflugerville summer road work to bring projects to a close, repair ‘failing’ streets
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Pflugerville summer road construction
This summer the city of Pflugerville will ramp up construction work to complete a major roadway project, repair neighborhood streets and break ground on a project that will widen one of the city’s streets designed to move residents to and from neighborhoods.

Construction began in March to repair roads in the Heatherwilde and Windermere subdivisions. The project is broken up into six different phases, with each phase focusing on separate roads in the subdivisions.

City officials say the first phase of work will take two to three months, weather permitting. The city will then move on to work on Thackeray Lane and Gravesend Road.

Funds for the Heatherwilde and Windermere subdivisions’ road repairs come from a 2014 voter-approved bond that included $28 million for transportation construction projects. In all the project will cover approximately two-and-a-half miles of roadway across a dozen neighborhood streets.

The city will wrap up another large project with the construction of the second phase of the East Pflugerville Parkway project. Road reconstruction on the project will stretch from just west of Colorado Sand Drive to Becker Farm Road. Work is expected to begin in late May and last for 120 days at most, per city officials.

City staff is looking to alleviate congestion by waiting until the end of the school year to begin construction on that section of East Pflugerville Parkway, according to Pflugerville City Engineer Amy Giannini.

“We just like that time of year. Generally there is a 15 percent drop in peak traffic during the summer,” Giannini said.

According to the city, that stretch of road saw 6,500 vehicles per day in May 2017, with an almost equal split of vehicles traveling east and west.

Pflugerville will also break ground on two smaller plans this summer—a repaving project for a portion of Railroad Avenue and road repairs funded by 2017 Community Development Block Grant funding.

Railroad Avenue will undergo repaving rehabilitation beginning in July, according to Giannini. The $1 million project was deemed necessary after a survey of Pflugerville’s roads found that several segments of Railroad Avenue’s pavement were “failing.”

“The base material under the asphalt is failing and creating cracks along the roadway,” Giannini said.

The repaving project includes plans to restripe the road from Pfennig Lane to Wilbarger Street. Crews will also add turn lanes for Brookhollow Elementary School.

The second project the city will break ground on this summer will reconstruct streets and add curbs and greenery to Green Meadows and Mill Creek Road. City staff expects the project to break ground in June and end sometime in October.

Funding for the Green Meadows and Mill Creek Road rehabilitation project comes from Community Development Block Grant funding—federal funding that is awarded to projects that aid low-to-moderate income populations.

Giannini also said the city expects to begin construction on a third project–Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction–sometime in the summer.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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