SH 130 widening continues, and updates on other Pflugerville transportation improvements

SH 130 widening efforts continue in Pflugerville, with an anticipated completion date in late 2020. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
SH 130 widening efforts continue in Pflugerville, with an anticipated completion date in late 2020. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

SH 130 widening efforts continue in Pflugerville, with an anticipated completion date in late 2020. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Curious about all of the hard hats and orange cones in your neighborhood? Here are some of the recent highlights from construction projects happening in Pflugerville.

SH 130 widening

Crews are widening existing main lanes and bridges of SH 130 to add a third lane in both northbound and southbound directions between SH 45 N. and Hwy. 290 E.

Status: the third lane from Hwy. 290 to Cameron Road is currently open in both directions; contractor is performing final striping, structural painting and other corrective work in the area; excavation operations are underway from Cameron Road to SH 45 N; drilling crews began working on drill shafts at Cameron Road in early January to widen the bridge structure

Timeline: October 2018-late 2020

Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System


Black Locust Drive improvements


The project includes pavement rehabilitation along Black Locust Drive, running from Grand Avenue Parkway to Heatherwilde Boulevard. Planned improvements also include overlay on Railroad Avenue from Wilbarger Street to Pecan Street, as well as construction and drainage improvements on Cactus Blossom Drive.


Status: contractor working on southern portion of road


Timeline: November 2019-summer 2020


Cost: $1.1 million


Funding source: city of Pflugerville's general fund
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


MOST RECENT

The shop, which sells Thai rolled ice cream, frozen yogurt and specialty drinks, has not announced a reopening date. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
BonBons Thai Rolled Ice Cream temporarily closes in Pflugerville due to coronavirus

The shop, which sells Thai rolled ice cream, frozen yogurt and specialty drinks, has not announced a reopening date.

The create-your-own pizza chain restaurant allowed guests to customize personal pizzas with a variety of toppings. (Courtesy PizzaRev)
PizzaRev closes permanently in Round Rock

The create-your-own pizza chain restaurant allowed guests to customize personal pizzas with a variety of toppings.

Projections from University of Texas researchers say continued social distancing is working. (Screenshot courtesy University of Texas at Austin)
UPDATED: UT projections say continued social distancing is working

Coronavirus demand projections released by The University of Texas at Austin on April 6 show that cases in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area could vary from 6,000 to 1.7 million based on the effectiveness of social distancing.

The temporary closure is set to run from April 6-May 1. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
T. Jin's China Diner temporarily closes in Pflugerville

The temporary closure is set to run from April 6-May 1.

Williamson County is closing parks and trails for the Easter weekend due to coronavirus concerns. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County closes parks and trails for Easter weekend

The parks will close at sunset April 9 until sunrise April 13.

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
5 coronavirus stories Austin-area readers might have missed

Readers might have missed the following five coronavirus-related stories.

Passover, a major observance for members of the Jewish community, begins April 8. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many services are being held online. (Courtesy Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston)
Austin’s Jewish community prepares for Passover observance under quarantine

Synagogues and Jewish organizations in Austin have pivoted to offer online Passover Seders to families in lock down ahead.

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
Austin health officials are tracking 8 clusters of confirmed coronavirus cases

The clusters are groups of coronavirus cases health officials know are related to one another.

For those looking to support area restaurants while also enjoying Easter dinner, here are eight restaurants offering takeout family meals in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.
Where to order Easter dinner, brunch to-go in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

For those looking to support area restaurants while also enjoying Easter dinner, here are eight restaurants offering takeout family meals in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

A $4.3 billion project to improve I-35 through Central Austin will include a $600 million piece that will be provided by deferring other projects in the area. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
Local political leaders look to free up $600 million for I-35 by potentially waiting on local projects such as Loop 360, RM 620, US 79 and Parmer Lane

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is scheduled to vote April 13 on a list of projects to defer in order to fund an I-35 improvement project.

Pflugerville closed all city playscapes, pavilions and sports courts March 22. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
GALLERY: 20 photos of Pflugerville while residents shelter in place

As residents stay in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, here is a photo gallery of the sights and scenes happening in Pflugerville.

David and Clare Hulama, co-owners of Bluebonnet Beer Co. in Round Rock, are selling beer to go and hand sanitizer amid coronavirus restrictions. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bluebonnet Beer Co. in Round Rock innovating to overcome 'biggest challenge craft brewers have faced since prohibition'

From launching online sales for beer to go to selling hand sanitizer made by Banner Distilling Co. in Manor, David and Clare Hulama are trying to overcome coronavirus-related setbacks to their business.