Officials are updating Round Rock's transportation master plan for completion in 2023, and it will include corridor studies of McNeil and Sam Bass roads.

In July, Round Rock officials approved a $574,000 engineering contract with Kimley-Horn for engineering services of the city's transportation master-plan update.

Last updated in 2017, the plan provides a road map as the city plans for growth and helps determine the needs of existing and future residents in terms of vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said transportation master plans are typically updated every five to 10 years.

Hudder said contrary to popular belief among some residents, the master plan does not lay out an order for constructing the projects included within it. For the most part, he said, it aids the identification of projects that need the city's attention. However, the order of completion for projects is usually driven by available funding.

According to city documents, more detailed development concepts are necessary to make transportation improvements for these roadways, and those applications can be used on other streets with similar constraints. City funds will pay for the contract through the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp.

Timeline: July 2022-mid-2023

Cost: $574 million

Funding source: Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp.

Coming updates

Once completed, the revised master plan will include:
  • an updated capital improvement plan;
  • a corridor study of McNeil Road;
  • a corridor study of Sam Bass Road; and
  • studies on streets similar in size to Sam Bass and McNeil roads.