Take a look at transportation news you may have miss from Community Impact's Round Rock coverage.

1. Round Rock, TxDOT agreement to push forward improvements on Hwy. 79

A partnership agreement between the city of Round Rock and the Texas Department of Transportation pushed forward improvement plans for a segment of Hwy. 79 spanning from I-35 to A.W. Grimes.

What’s happening?

Similar to the collaboration on the RM 620 overpass, the city will take over the design and engineering components of the project.

Improvements will include one additional lane in each direction, widening the roadway to six lanes divided by a raised median and upgrades to signals, turns lanes, sidewalks and shared-use paths.

Read the full story by Haley McLeod.

2. Chisholm Trail Road now open in Round Rock

Chisholm Trail Road reopened to traffic Dec. 15 as long-awaited construction along this segment of the Heritage Trail West project wrapped up.

​​Sorting out details

Construction related to the Heritage Trail West project between Sunset Drive and RM 620 began in July. The closure was originally estimated for only 90 days.

Due to unforeseen utility conflicts, the closure was extended until Dec. 15, according to city documents.

The Heritage Trail West project, including elevated pedestrian bridges, will complete a roughly 1-mile section of the trail system from Chisholm Trail Road to Mays Street, connecting Round Rock West to the downtown area.

The city of Round Rock received a $6.3 million grant for Heritage Trail improvements from the Texas Department of Transportation, with state funding targeting projects associated with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure development.

Read the full story by Haley McLeod.