5 transportation updates for drivers in the Georgetown area


Ongoing project

1. The Texas Department of Transportation is reviewing the city of Georgetown’s Austin Avenue bridges project, which will repair or replace the bridges crossing the San Gabriel River north of downtown.

Estimated timeline: Recommendations to City Council expected in 2018

Recent updates

2. Southwest Bypass
Work on the north segment of the new roadway, which will connect Hwy. 29 to FM 2243, is nearing completion. Crews moved 14 bridge beams in early June onto the construction site of the south segment near the intersection of I-35 and Inner Loop in preparation for placement.

Timeline: (north segment) 2016-summer 2018; (south segment) 2017-early 2020

3. FM 1460 widening
Widened lanes north of Inner Loop were not yet complete in early June but the roadway is open with single lanes in each direction. Additional work continues at the intersection of FM 1460 and Inner Loop on a $34.7 million project to widen and realign FM 1460 between Georgetown and Round Rock.

Timeline: February 2016-late 2018

4. Inner Loop improvements     
Road work zones are active along Inner Loop near the roadway’s intersections with Belmont Drive and Wilco Way, which leads to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and the Williamson County Central Maintenance Facility. Widening and paving work is further along near Belmont in early June. The $5.3 million project will widen sections of Inner Loop between Maple Street and Belmont and build new entrances to county facilities.

Timeline: October 2017-summer 2018

Planned project

5. Airport Road widening Georgetown City Council awarded a $2.4 million construction contract in April to Patin Construction of Taylor to widen a section of Airport Road from two lanes to five lanes between Lakeway Drive and Aviation Drive. The project will also relocate the intersection of Airport and Lakeway along with traffic signal improvements.

Timeline: Anticipated to finish in summer 2019

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Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper, which he joined in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin covering Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD.
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