NEW: railroad quiet zones advance, and 4 other Round Rock transportation projects to know

Railroad quiet zones from Burnet Street to St. Williams Street are now expected to be complete this summer. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Railroad quiet zones from Burnet Street to St. Williams Street are now expected to be complete this summer. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Railroad quiet zones from Burnet Street to St. Williams Street are now expected to be complete this summer. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are five Round Rock transportation projects to know this month.

Railroad quiet zones

Construction includes the city of Round Rock and Union Pacific Corp. railroad work to bring street and railroad crossings up to compliance with federal quiet-zone standards. Crossings are electronically controlled by the train, which triggers traffic signals and clears the tracks of motorists. Union Pacific has installed signals at A) Burnet Street and B) St. Williams Street.

Status: Phase 1, Burnet Street to St. Williams Street, is anticipated to be complete in summer 2020; Phase 2, from Burnet to Red Bud Lane, is progressing, with crews currently working at the Hwy. 79 railroad crossing.

Cost: $4.4 million


Funding sources: city of Round Rock, Texas Department of Transportation

I-35 improvements from RM 1431 to FM 3406 northbound

The project is designed to improve safety and mobility on I-35’s northbound frontage road. Work on the expanded frontage road will widen it from two to three lanes, relocate the exit ramp and add an extended exit lane between RM 1431 and FM 3406.

Status: Widening and reconfiguration of the left side of the frontage road continues; widening of Chandler Creek bridge is underway.

Timeline: July-late 2020

Cost: $10.4 million

Funding sources: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, TxDOT

Hwy. 79 improvements at Brushy Creek Plant Road

Project scope includes intersection improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and new and extended turn lanes at A) Harrell Parkway and B) Brushy Creek Plant Road. The project will also add a new crossing over the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks to provide access to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.

Status: Work is underway at Union Pacific Corp. railroad crossings.

Timeline: anticipated completion in early spring

Cost: $6.9 million

Funding source: city of Round Rock Type B funding

RM 620 improvements

The RM 620 project will feature improvements from Deep Wood Drive to I-35. Crews will add frontage lanes, construct a bridge over the railroad crossing at Chisholm Trail Road and add a roundabout underneath the bridge. A second bridge will be constructed to carry RM 620 traffic over Lake Creek Drive.

Status: TxDOT let the project for bidding in August.

Timeline: Construction is now expected to begin in March; the project was delayed due to utility coordination

Cost: $40 million

Funding sources: TxDOT, Williamson County, city of Round Rock

McNeil Road extension, Phase 2

The first phase of the McNeil Road extension will extend McNeil from the Mays Street bridge to Burnet Street, ultimately replacing East Bagdad Avenue.

Status: Construction is underway.

Timeline: anticipated completion in spring 2020

Cost: $3 million

Funding source: city of Round Rock budgeted Type B funding