The completion of a multiyear project to widen FM 1460 and ongoing work at Airport Road and Rivery Boulevard lead off recent roadwork updates in the Georgetown area.
1. Airport Road widening
Airport Road will expand from two lanes to five between Lakeway and Aviation drives to accommodate new and future development near the Georgetown Municipal Airport. Patin Construction, the project’s contractor, has completed utility installation in the project area as well as the repaving of Airport’s southbound lanes. Repaving for northbound lanes is underway. The project includes moving the intersection of Airport and Lakeway several hundred feet to the east. The roadway is open to traffic during construction.
Timeline: June 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $2.4 million
Funding source: Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corp.
2. Rivery Boulevard projects
(2A) New right-turn lanes will be added along the northbound side of Rivery Boulevard at intersections with Wolf Ranch Parkway, Hintz Road and Williams Drive. Aaron Concrete Contractors is upgrading stormwater infrastructure at Rivery and Williams. Design and right of way acquisition for the new turn lane at that intersection are both underway. (2B) Utility installation and other related work continues on a project to extend Rivery northward from Williams to Northwest Boulevard. Joe Bland Construction is the contractor for the project, which broke ground in August.
Timeline: summer 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $1.4 million for work on existing portion of Rivery; $5.1 for extension project
Funding sources: Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corp., Georgetown 2015 road bond
3. FM 1460 widening
Officials with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the cities of Georgetown and Round Rock, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Williamson County celebrated the completion Dec. 10 of a multiyear project to turn a 3.5-mile stretch of FM 1460 from a two-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway between Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown and just north of University Boulevard in Round Rock.
Timeline: 2016-December 2018
Cost: $34.7 million
Funding sources: Georgetown 2008 road bond, TxDOT, city of Round Rock, Williamson County
4. Southwest Bypass extension
Williamson County is overseeing the construction of a 1.25-mile south segment of the Southwest Bypass that will connect the roadway between Leander Road and the southbound I-35 frontage road. A two-lane, 2.4-mile north segment opened in July between Hwy. 29 and Leander Road. The north segment was developed by the city of Georgetown.
Cost: $19.8 million
Funding source: Williamson County
5. Austin Avenue bridges rehabilitation
Georgetown City Council approved a preferred plan in August to repair the two cantilevered suspension-span bridges that cross the San Gabriel River north of downtown Georgetown. The plan, whose total cost is estimated at $7 million-$10 million, includes construction of a new pedestrian bridge. TxDOT will determine whether a full environmental assessment will be necessary before work begins.
Timeline: TxDOT decision anticipated by spring 2019
6. FM 971 realignment
TxDOT will administer a project to create a new intersection of FM 971 with North Austin Avenue, a project that will be done in tandem with the construction of a new I-35 overpass bridge connecting to Northwest Boulevard.
Timeline: expected to start mid-2019
7. Northwest Blvd./I-35 overpass
The city of Georgetown will oversee an eastward extension of Northwest Boulevard toward North Austin Avenue that includes construction of a new I-35 overpass bridge. The project, which is funded through the city’s 2015 road bond, is designed to alleviate traffic along Williams Drive and support development growth along Rivery and Wolf Ranch Parkway. Construction will cost about $12.4 million.
Timeline: expected to start mid-2019
A version of this post appears on Page 10 of the December 2018 print issue on Community Impact Newspaper’s Georgetown edition. All information was updated as of Dec. 11.