Ongoing projects and an approved transportation study: September transportation updates for Lake Travis-Westlake Area

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1. RM 2222 improvement

This project on RM 2222 covers 1.2 miles and will widen RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive. It also includes a center median with turn lanes within the project limits. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Jan. 16.

Status: the project is on schedule with more than 33% of the work completed, according to Texas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Bradley Wheelis.

Timeline: January 2019-summer 2020

Cost: TxDOT estimates construction cost at $23.6 million; $203,491 of that total comes from the city of Austin

Funding sources: TxDOT, city of Austin

Lakeway transportation study

The city of Lakeway has commissioned a study centered on possible road projects needed within the city. The study was approved during a July 29 special meeting

Lakeway City Council commissioned civil engineering firm Huitt-Zollars to carry out the study, and the company has identified several candidates for road projects, including Serene Hills Drive from Flintrock Trace to Lakeway Boulevard and Main Street between RM 620 and Lohmans Crossing.

Status: the schedule states project identification will be complete by Oct. 2

Timeline: bond language is due 90 days prior to the May 2020 election

Cost: $127,950

Funding source: city of Lakeway

2. RM 620 barrier project

This project spans 3.36 miles of RM 620 from the low-water crossing road to a mile east of the Steiner Ranch Boulevard roadway and serves to bolster safety along that road. The project installed concrete barriers in four strategic locations along this stretch of roadway. TxDOT developed a plan for enhancements to prevent drivers from crossing into oncoming traffic.

Status: completed in mid-August

Cost: $556,062

Funding source: TxDOT

3. Workshop for Walsh Tarlton portion of Loop 360 project

TxDOT hosted a public workshop Aug. 8 at Westlake High School for the Walsh Tarlton Lane portion of the Loop 360 project. Attendees gave input to help guide the planning process.

The project includes removing traffic signals on the Loop 360 main lanes at Walsh Tarlton and adding an overpass where the main lanes go over the cross street.

Timeline: final engineering to be complete by early 2025

Cost: $26 million

Funding sources: 2016 city of Austin mobility bond, TxDOT

4. Bullick Hollow left-turn lane

A mobility project that will add a left-turn lane on Bullick Hollow where the road intersects with FM 2769 has completed the design phase, according to information from Travis County. The lane will run from FM 2769 to 400 feet south of the intersection.

Status: Construction is scheduled to start in September and last three months, weather and site conditions permitting.

Timeline: fall 2019-December 2019

Estimated construction cost: $240,000

Funding source: 2017 Travis County bond funds

5. Barton Skyway improvements

The Austin Transportation Department and Austin Public Works implemented new upgrades to the intersection of Barton Skyway and Spyglass Drive, alongside the Barton Creek Greenbelt trailhead. Projects were focused on efforts to increase safety at the intersection with new crosswalks and improved signage. The recent improvements come in addition to previous city projects to improve safety at the busy intersection.

Timeline: completed July 2019

Cost: approximately $40,000

Funding source: city of Austin

6. Cuernavaca Improvements Project

In January 2018, the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department requested funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for safety improvements on Cuernavaca Drive, but TNR Project Manager Charlie Watts said the project was rejected.

Watts said the project would be possibly resubmitted in the 2019 CAMPO project call for late summer.

Status: the 2019 project call was postponed by CAMPO so the organization could allocate funding to three major projects, including the widening of RM 620.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: TBD

Funding source: TBD

7. RM 620 medians placed through Lakeway

Lakeway officials are planning to meet with a TxDOT district engineer to discuss the installation of medians along RM 620 as it runs through the city. Information from the city of Lakeway states the project range would span between Lohmans Crossing Road and Lakeway Boulevard. Mayor Sandy Cox said the median installations are planned to be done ahead of the massive RM 620 widening project that is scheduled to begin by 2022.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: TBD

Funding sources: city of Lakeway, TxDOT

8. Hamilton Pool Road safety improvements and pavement expansion project

A. Construction has begun for phases 1A and 1B of a project to improve Hamilton Pool Road between RM 12 and the top bank of the Pedernales River. Phase 1A encapsulates safety improvements that include the replacement of the bridge over Hamilton Creek, and 1B involves the addition of turn lanes at the entrance to the Hamilton Pool Preserve.

Status: 1A is set to be complete in November, and 1B is nearly completed, according to information from Travis County.

Timeline: spring 2019-winter 2019

Estimated cost: $2.5 million

Funding source: 2017 Travis County bond

B. Wheelis said the 22-foot roadway will be widened to a 46-foot-wide section and will include two 11-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot-wide continuous left-turn lane and 6-foot outside shoulders in each direction. The project now runs from RR 12 to Hwy. 71.

Status: Wheelis said TxDOT continues to coordinate with Travis County on the project, but there is no update.

Timeline: TBD

Estimated construction cost: approximately $12.2 million

Funding sources: TxDOT, Travis County

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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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