Pflugerville City Council OKs additional $130K for Phase 4 of Kelly Lane Major Investment Study

Phase 4 will specifically focus on mobility along Town Center Drive from Pfluger Farm Lane to FM 685 as well as the future extension of Pfluger Farm from Town Center to Wilke Lane. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Phase 4 will specifically focus on mobility along Town Center Drive from Pfluger Farm Lane to FM 685 as well as the future extension of Pfluger Farm from Town Center to Wilke Lane. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Phase 4 will specifically focus on mobility along Town Center Drive from Pfluger Farm Lane to FM 685 as well as the future extension of Pfluger Farm from Town Center to Wilke Lane. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

An additional $130,000 was awarded to DKS Associates Inc. on April 14 for professional engineering services related to Phase 4 of the Kelly Lane Major Investment Study. Pflugerville City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the supplemental agreement, with Council Member Mike Heath voting against the motion.

DKS Associates was awarded nearly $48,000 for the Kelly Lane Major Investment Study Phase 1 project Sept. 10. A $253,000 supplemental agreement for Phase 2 of the project was executed Oct. 31, and a second supplemental agreement in the amount of nearly $14,000 for Phase 3 was approved Feb. 25.

The total cost of the services, including the April 14 supplemental agreement, amounts to $445,000, per city documents.

The Kelly Lane Major Investment Study is designed to evaluate the congestion levels and mobility of the northeastern section of Pflugerville, with each phase focused on different geographic areas. Phase 1 focused on Kelly Lane west of the FM 685/Wilke Lane/Kelly Lane interchange to Weiss Lane, while Phase 2 analyzed FM 685/wilke Lane/Kelly Lane as well as FM 685/Copper Mine Drive. The third phase of the study honed in on traffic counts along Town Center Drive from FM 685 and Pfluger Farm Lane.

The April 14 supplemental agreement for Phase 4 of the project will expand the study limits, according to city documents. Phase 4 will specifically focus on mobility along Town Center Drive from Pfluger Farm Lane to FM 685 as well as the future extension of Pfluger Farm from Town Center to Wilke Lane.


Phase 4’s mobility focus will expand on Phase 3’s traffic counts along Town Center between Pfluger Farm and FM 685, according to city documents. The traffic counts were conducted the week of March 7, prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, city staff member Patricia Davis confirmed April 14.

As per the scope of Phase 4, DKS Associates will compile crash history data along the corridor from the past five-year period for analysis. Crash trends identified will factor into recommendations provided to city staff, per documents.

Heath said that due to both the coronavirus outbreak and traffic counts having been conducted during non-peak traffic seasons, he was concerned the study would not be the most accurate reflection of transportation needs in the area. Heath cited examples of the winter holidays and summer traffic as measures that would not be reflected in the March data. Davis said that she can coordinate with city staff to provide additional data requested by council to the DKS Associates.

DKS Associates staff will then provide short- and long-term recommendations to council and city staff for consideration, per the agreement. A future meeting with Pflugerville’s Planning & Zoning Commission and a work session with council have been outlined as part of the agreement.
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.


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