The Kelly transportation project is designed to widen the roadway to a four-lane divided road. Phase 2 includes the area from East Falcon Pointe Boulevard to Moorlynch Avenue, with construction expected to begin in summer 2021.
Phase 3 of the Kelly project includes improvements from Moorlynch Avenue to Weiss Lane. The third phase is currently unfunded, per city documents, but city officials said they anticipate the installation of a traffic signal at the Jakes Hill Road and Kelly intersection this summer. Also included in the third phase of work is realignment at Weiss Lane, at the intersection of Hodde Lane and Cele Road.
Matt Warner of Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson, Inc. serves as project manager for the design of phases 2 and 3. Warner provided an overview of short-term and full project improvements May 20.
Short-term improvements include tubular markers, or road traffic control devices, at the Vilamoura Street and Kelly Lane intersection to prevent through traffic and left turns at the intersection. A temporary signal at Jakes Hill Road is also listed as a short-term improvement, and construction on both items is expected to begin in late summer 2020, Warner said.
The design and construction of Phase 2 was approved in the city's November 2018 bond election, with the full design anticipated for a fall 2020 completion. Improvements include the transition from an existing two-lane roadway to an urban four-lane road as well as a roundabout at the Vilamoura Street and Kelly Lane intersection.
Warner said the roundabout helps to improve current safety concerns while still allowing for all turning movements. Warner added that, at this time, a signal is not warranted in the near future.
Per Warner and city staff, construction for Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in summer 2021 and is expected to last approximately 18 months. During the construction phase, Warner said one lane will be open to traffic in each direction.
Phase 3 improvements from Moorlynch Avenue to Weiss Lane are included in the 2020 bond package proposal as well as is in coordination with Travis County, per the city's presentation. The design portion of the project was approved as part of the November 2018 bond, according to city documents.
The city is working on the conceptual design for Phase 3, per city documents, with geometric designs and environmental studies on track for late 2020 work. Construction plans development, right-of-way appraisal and acquisition as well as bidding and construction timelines are to be determined.
Public input is encouraged by city staff, with comments accepted through June 20. Emailed comments can be sent to [email protected].