- The Texas Department of Transportation continues to review options for repairing the Austin Avenue bridges, which are structurally sufficient but are expected to eventually be unsafe for traffic due to deterioration. Once TxDOT’s review is complete, Georgetown transportation officials will make recommendations to City Council on how to best upgrade the bridges.
Estimated timeline: Recommendations expected in early 2018
2. Southwest Bypass
This new arterial roadway, which is being built in multiple segments, will eventually extend from D.B. Wood Road to I-35. Georgetown and Williamson County are jointly overseeing construction of the bypass, which is being built in several segments.
Timeline: north segment 2016-early 2018; south segment 2017-early 2020
Status: Construction continues on the north portion; south portion broke ground in August.
Cost: $18.3 million for north segment; $19.8 million for south segment
Funding sources: 2015 city of Georgetown transportation bond, Williamson County.
3. I-35 frontage road sidewalk
The sidewalk, which is nearly one mile in length, runs from Leander Road at I-35 to University Avenue near the Wolf Ranch retail center. The project includes a paved switchback section, located south of the frontage road bridge that crosses the San Gabriel River. The switchback allows users of the sidewalk who are riding bikes, using wheelchairs or otherwise have mobility-related issues can descend the hill just south of the bridge without having to navigate a nearby staircase, which was included in the project.
Status: Georgetown officials celebrated the sidewalk’s completion and opening Nov. 10.
Timeline: May-November 2017
Funding source: city of Georgetown
4. Hwy 29 repaving
A TxDOT project to repave all lanes of Hwy. 29/University Avenue between I-35 and Inner Loop. Lone Star Paving is the project’s contractor. Work is underway Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The new pavement overlay will be completed using a “hot-in-place” pavement recycling technique, which grinds worn asphalt to combine with new asphalt for a fresh surface.
Status: Repaving work continues with intermittent single-lane closures during construction
Timeline: August 2017-April 2018
Funding source: TxDOT
5. FM 1460 widening
Upon completion, this project will widen and realign FM 1460 from Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown to just north of University Boulevard in Round Rock. FM 1460 will include four traffic lanes as well as a center turn lane.
Status: TxDOT is overseeing construction of the roadway just north of the Inner Loop. A new segment of the roadway opened in September between Inner Loop and Quail Valley Drive.
Timeline: February 2016-spring 2018
Cost: $34.7 million
Funding sources: city of Georgetown 2008 road bond, TxDOT, city of Round Rock, Williamson County
6. Northwest Boulevard overpass
A new overpass across I-35 will connect Northwest Boulevard with Austin Avenue and FM 971. The project, which includes construction of additional surface streets, is designed to relieve congestion at the intersection of Austin and Williams Drive and provide more direct access to Georgetown High School and SH 130 by way of FM 971.
Status: Engineering work is expected to finish in December ahead of environmental clearance and construction bidding in early to mid-2018.
Timeline: Construction anticipated to begin in mid-2019
Cost: $10.5 million
Funding source: 2015 city transportation bond
7. Airport Road expansion
Airport Road near the Georgetown Municipal Airport will be expanded to five traffic lanes, including two northbound and two southbound lanes as well as a center turn lane.
Status: The project’s engineering and environmental work has been completed. The city is still completing right-of-way property acquirements.
Timeline: Construction start anticipated in 2018.
Cost: $4.7 million
Funding source: city of Georgetown