6 transportation updates you need to know

Six transportation updates you need to know in August and September.

Six transportation updates you need to know in August and September.

Recent updates

  1. CR 176 at RM 2243

Williamson County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project Aug. 2. The project will realign the intersection of CR 176 with RM 2243. The county will reconstruct and widen CR 176 from RM 2243 to Parkside Parkway.

Timeline: mid-2019-mid-2020
Cost: $2.45 million
Funding source: Williamson County road bond

2. Northwest Boulevard bridge
The project reconstructs Northwest Boulevard toward I-35. The project includes the construction of a new bridge over I-35 that will function as an east-west connection. The project is part of a larger plan to connect FM 971, Austin Avenue and the Northwest Boulevard bridge.

Timeline: August 2019-August 2020
Cost: $12.4 million
Funding source: 2015 city of Georgetown bond

3. FM 971
The project at Austin Avenue will realign FM 971 eastward to Gann Street. Redesign of the Gann intersection is underway, and the project is in the final stages of the environmental review process. The project is part of a larger road plan to connect Austin Avenue, FM 971 and the Northwest Boulevard bridge. The project will begin following the completion of the Northwest bridge project.

Timeline: construction to begin August 2021, end date unknown
Cost: $3.9 million
Funding sources: city of Georgetown, Texas Department of Transportation

Ongoing Projects

The addition of a right-turn lane on Williams Drive to Rivery Boulevard looks to improve traffic flow toward the Summit at Rivery complex and Wolf Ranch Parkway. Additional easements are currently in acquisition. This project includes federal and city funds.

Timeline: construction to begin late 2020, end date unknown

The  Austin Avenue bridges rehabilitation project is in the environmental review process, which will make the project eligible for federal funding. In May, City Council approved about $150,000 in additional funding to go toward the project. Repairs for both bridges across the San Gabriel River will be addressed in the project.

Timeline: in the environmental review process with no tentative dates for public meetings established at this time; start and end date unknown

The Austin Avenue sidewalks project is near competition. The sidewalks will improve pedestrian and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. Minor details remain before the project is completed. The project is part of the 2014 Sidewalks Master Plan. Funding sources include the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city of Georgetown.

Timeline: August 2017- fall 2019

By Ali Linan

Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


Williamson County residential home sales increased 11.6% year over year, according to an Austin Board of Realtors January housing market report. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County sees increase in year-over-year residential home sales in January

Williamson County residential home sales increased 11.6% year over year, according to an Austin Board of Realtors January housing market report.

Georgetown ISD rezoning 2020
Georgetown ISD board finalizes rezoning for 2020-21 school year

Students at Pickett, Carver and Mitchell elementary schools as well as Wagner Middle School will be affected.

Sue Harrison Georgetown ISD Round Rock ISD
Georgetown ISD names Sue Harrison as director of human resources

Harrison will start in her new role March 9.

Mango Tango Bistro and Bar Georgetown
Asian fusion restaurant coming to Georgetown Square

The bistro and bar plans to open in mid-March.

Cordovan Art School offers a summer camp. (Courtesy Cordovan Art School)
Check out 29 Georgetown summer camp options for the 2020 season

Parents searching for summer camps have a variety to choose from in the Georgetown area.

Local committee works to see Georgetown completely counted in U.S. census

Members will work to educate residents so they know what to expect and when regarding the census, which, ideally, will make them more likely to respond.

Meet the artist, more details on the new Gus's Drug mural in Georgetown

On March 2, the artist will begin drawing out the design on the wall.

The Georgetown Utility Systems control room operates 24/7. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Four new water tanks in four years: Growth leads to continued expansion of Georgetown water utilities

In the last two budget cycles, Georgetown City Council has earmarked $47.4 million in major water capital improvement projects.

Tourism strategic plan implemented to manage more Georgetown visitors

The intent of Georgetown’s plan is to take tourism to the next level.

Abed Yaghi makes a margherita pizza. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Yaghi's New York Pizzeria offering fresh yet affordable options since 1999

There are eight Yaghi's locations in the Austin area.

Annunciation Maternity Home provides day care while moms work or are in school. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Annunciation Maternity Home: helping women in crisis pregnancies secure promising futures in Georgetown

The home works with women ages 12-30 who are experiencing crisis pregnancies, including issues such as bouts of homelessness, excessive debt or abuse

Kelsie Cabrera opened Brave Vira Yoga in September 2018. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown's Brave Vira Yoga studio owner found passion for her practice through military experience

Brave Vira offers mostly heated and nonheated vinyasa flow-based, or continuous movement, classes.

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