Loop 360 workshop and TxDOT update: April transportation updates for the Lake Travis-Westlake area

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Transportation updates

TxDOT seeks feedback on proposed intersection improvements on Loop 360

The Texas Department of Transportation solicited resident feedback on proposed improvements to Loop 360 as part of a $250 million plan to improve intersections along the thoroughfare and relieve congestion.

“We really do look at every single comment,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Brad Wheelis said.

The state agency hosted a well-attended workshop—more than 100 residents attended—on March 7 at Riverbend Church in West Austin. Residents were also able to submit public comments through March 22 at www.loop360project.com.

The proposed changes include reconfiguring Loop 360 at RM 2222 to a diverging-diamond interchange at the intersection and replacing the existing traffic signal at Courtyard Drive with an underpass.

TxDOT is also considering two options, which it presented to residents and received feedback on at the March 7 workshop.

In the first option, drivers would take the southbound braided exit ramp located just south of RM 2222 to a connector road allowing a right or left turn directly onto Courtyard Drive.

In the second option, drivers would take the southbound exit ramp located north of RM 2222 and use the proposed intersection bypass lane to access the connector road allowing a right or left turn directly onto Courtyard Drive.

The scope of the project also includes a shared-use path and sidewalks within the project limits to improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The agency is currently working on the preliminary design and environmental phases. The project will then enter its final design phase, expected to last a year, and construction is planned for 2023.

“If all goes swimmingly,” Wheelis said, construction will finish in two years.

TxDOT gives update on Flintrock Trace and RM 620 improvements in Lakeway

Texas Department of Transportation representative Epi Gonzalez addressed Lakeway City Council on March 18 regarding intersection improvements on RM 620 and Flintrock Trace.

“I wish I could come in here and tell you that it’s already done, but it’s not, so we’re still working on that,” Gonzalez said, adding he has been working with City Manager Steve Jones to help propel the improvements forward. “We had contractual issues with our current contracts. The work involved required two different contractors—one for striping and signage and the other actually making the signal improvements.”

Gonzalez said TxDOT is now working under a single contractor, and the improvements should be complete by mid-May.

Improvements needed on Flintrock Trace center on traffic backups at intersections such as Serene Hills and Flintrock Road. Mayor Pro Tem Ron Massa asked if there was anything TxDOT could do to accelerate the timeline to render needed improvements for the project.

Gonzales said he would have a meeting with TxDOT’s district engineer to try to move the project along faster.

“The May timeframe is kind of the worst-case scenario,” Gonzalez said. “Obviously we’re going to try to accelerate that as much as we possibly can.”

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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