7 transportation project updates to know for June in Northwest Austin

Flyovers at 290 Toll and SH 130
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board approved May 30 starting the process to hire a contractor to build three flyovers between 290 Toll and SH 130 to connect northbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll, southbound SH 130 to westbound 290 Toll and eastbound 290 Toll to southbound SH 130.

The Texas Department of Transportation is paying $42 million for one flyover.

Timeline: late 2018-2021
Cost: $130 million
Funding sources: CTRMA, TxDOT

RM 620 repaving
TxDOT started repaving work on RM 620 on May 29. The first section to be repaved is from the Mansfield Dam to RM 2222, and then TxDOT will repave Anderson Mill Road to SH 45 N at US 183.

Timeline: May 29 to late summer
Cost: $1.48 million
Funding source: TxDOT

I-35 construction
The latest construction activities include relocating and upgrading utilities between Rundberg Lane and US 290 East. Drivers can also expect closures at Powell Lane north of the US 183 interchange.

Timeline: January 2018-2021
Cost: $124.2 million
Funding source: TxDOT

Northern Walnut Creek Trail
Construction is underway on the last section of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones District Park. Crews are clearing trees and brush for the 10-foot-wide concrete hike and bike trail and will begin excavation soon.

Timeline: mid-April-October
Cost: $610,484
Funding source: city of Austin bonds

Spicewood Springs Road upgrades
Staffers are almost finished with the draft preliminary engineering report and plan to share recommendations with the public this summer.

The report was delayed to allow for more time to survey the project limits for potential historical artifacts as well as to complete additional traffic modeling at the intersection of Loop 360.

The report will identify improvements for the two-lane roadway from west of Mesa Drive to Loop 360.

Timeline: 2022 (construction starts)
Cost: $17 million
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

Bike lanes on Cedar Bend Drive
The city of Austin is proposing to add bike lanes on both sides of the roadway between MoPac and Metric Boulevard and restrict on-street parking to the north side only.

Austin Public Works will resurface the roadway this summer. The city’s proposal includes adding a striped bike lane on the north side and a buffered bike lane on the south side.

Timeline: mid-2018
Cost: TBD
Funding source: 2016 Mobility Bond

SH 130 widening
Progress has resumed on the SH 130 widening project. TxDOT will add a third lane in each direction between SH 45 N and 290 Toll. TxDOT expects to seek bids to add the third lane between 290 Toll and SH 71 in late June, and the bid could be approved by the Texas Transportation Commission a month after the project is sent out for bids.

Timeline: late summer 2018-2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System toll revenue

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.