3 transportation projects make progress in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Work began in April on the intersection of FM 1825/Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Work began in April on the intersection of FM 1825/Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Work began in April on the intersection of FM 1825/Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Learn more about these three road projects happening in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Hwy. 79 expansion in Round Rock

The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting environmental studies on Hwy. 79 from I-35 to east of FM 1460/A.W. Grimes Boulevard in Round Rock. The 2.5-mile project will widen Hwy. 79 with an additional travel lane and add an underpass at Mays Street and an overpass at FM 1460. Adding a raised median, modifying driveways and installing shared-use paths on both sides of Hwy. 79 are also included in the project. The results of the environmental studies are expected by the end of the year, TxDOT public information officer Brad Wheelis said.

Timeline: estimated 2026, contingent on funding

Cost: estimated $50 million


Funding source: unfunded

FM 1660 and Hwy. 79 in Hutto

A The project consists of adding a dedicated right-turn lane on southbound North FM 1660. Right of way acquisition and utility location is expected to start in the fall.

Timeline: estimated fall 2021

Cost: estimated $1.4 million

Funding source: 2018 bond

B On northbound South FM 1660 at Hwy. 79, the project will add another right-turn lane and a left-turn lane as well as improve the roadway across the railroad tracks.

Timeline: construction is expected to begin fall 2022

Cost: estimated $2.9 million

Funding sources: 2018 bond, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

FM 1825/Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville

Major traffic pattern changes began May 5 to allow crews to continue work on the intersection of FM 1825/Pecan Street at FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville.

Drivers can expect several lane closures, including southbound FM 685 and on Pecan. Drivers needing a detour to southbound Dessau may use Immanuel Road.

The purpose of the project is to add a displaced left turn to the intersection. A displaced left turn allows for unopposed left turns at an intersection using a dedicated turn lane.

Timeline: April-November 2021

Cost: over $4 million

Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Pflugerville Community Development Corp., Texas Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce

By Megan Cardona
Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions. She worked at UT-Arlington's student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years before joining Community Impact.


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