TRANSPORTATION: 10 Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto projects to know in April

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Updates on lane closures, repaving work, road extensions and other transportation projects in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Round Rock & Hutto

Ongoing projects

1. Railroad quiet zones, Phase 1
This project will create railroad and street intersections with electronic signals that eliminate the need for train horns inside Round Rock city limits. Union Pacific Railroad has installed new signals at A Burnet Street and B Williams Street, though both are currently inactive. The city will proceed with median work, curb work and the installation of a traffic signal at Williams. Construction should begin by late May on the city’s portion of the project and will continue through the summer.

Timeline: September 2018-winter 2019

2. Co-Op District road work
Several improvement projects are underway for streets surrounding the Co-Op District, a mixed-use development in Hutto. The city and the Texas Department of Transportation are under an agreement for Hwy. 79 improvements. MA Partners, the developers behind the Co-Op District, are constructing roads inside the development. Short Street closed permanently to motorists in January. City officials advise motorists to use West Street as an alternative route for downtown traffic.

Timeline: fall 2018-summer 2019

Recent updates

3. McNeil Road extension, Phase 2
At completion, the project will serve as a bypass for motorists traveling from downtown Round Rock to improve the flow of traffic, reduce travel times and lower traffic accidents. All connections of Phase 1 are complete, including the McNeil Road extension and McNeil’s connection to Lampasas Street.

Phase 2 of the project will extend A McNeil from Burnet Street to Georgetown Street. B Lewis Street will be extended to connect to McNeil, and improvements are designed for Georgetown Street.

Status: Design plans for Phase 2 are complete. The project is anticipated to go to bid in April.
Timeline: TBA
Cost: TBA
Funding source: Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp. funds

4. CR 110 middle
This project will upgrade the existing two-lane section of CR 110 from north of Limmer Loop to CR 107 to a three-lane roadway. CR 110 is ultimately designed to become a six-lane roadway.

Status: A ceremonial ground breaking scheduled for March 15 was postponed. However, the county has completed its right of way acquisitions. Utility relocations are underway.
Timeline: April 2019-spring 2020
Cost: $8.91 million
Funding source: Williamson County

Upcoming projects

5. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Three FM 1660 intersections— A North FM 1660 at Limmer Loop, B FM 1660 at Highway 79 and C South FM 1660 at Front Street—were included in the city of Hutto’s 2018 transportation bonds. The intersection improvements are designed to mitigate backups within Hutto city limits.

Status: The city is negotiating with the project’s engineer. Following negotiations, the city will coordinate with TxDOT and begin preliminary engineering, which includes traffic counts, utility exploration, environmental assessment and other studies. This process will take several months, according to city spokesperson Eliska Padilla.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

6. Red Bud Lane improvements
Improvements are planned for Red Bud Lane from Palm Valley Boulevard to Pioneer Crossing Drive. On the northbound side, crews will construct a raised median and a right-turn lane into the north entrance of the Walmart parking lot. On the southbound side, plans include construction of a dedicated right-turn lane, one straight lane and two dedicated left-turn lanes.

Status: The design of the project is complete, and the city opened an engineering bid for the project March 12.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $600,000
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

7. University Boulevard widening
This project will widen A University Boulevard to a six-lane, median-divided arterial from the North I-35 frontage road to Sunrise Road. Dual turn lanes will be installed at the intersections of B Oakmont Drive and C University Oaks Boulevard.

Status: Utility relocation has begun on the project, according to Round Rock city officials.
Timeline: project to go to bid by late 2019 or early 2020
Cost: TBD
Funding source: TBD

8. Highway 79 crossing

Status: The city of Hutto is in the process of selecting a contractor for a possible overpass or underpass that would bypass Highway 79. Hutto City Engineer Matt Rector and Jessica Romigh, chair of the Hutto planning and zoning commission, recommended to Hutto City Council a way over or under the highway as a means to connect the northern and southern sections of the city.

Hutto City Manager Odis Jones directed staff to begin design work on the project. Preliminary plans show the connector located between CR 132 and CR 134 near Highway 79. The overpass/underpass would connect to CR 132 north of Highway 79.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

Pflugerville

Ongoing projects

1. Heatherwilde/Windermere neighborhood repair
The first four phases—including sidewalk, curb, gutter, driveway and street reconstruction—are complete. Road reconstruction and concrete work continues in the final two phases, both of which are within the Heatherwilde neighborhood. Weather permitting, roadway reconstruction on streets—including Cactus Blossom Drive, Ardisia Drive and Dashwood Creek Drive—will take place in late spring.

Timeline: March 2018-June 2019

2. Weiss Lane improvements
Work continues on Weiss Lane. Recent areas of work include paving between A Pflugerville Parkway and Pecan Street as well as traffic signals at the road’s intersections with B Pflugerville Parkway and Wolf Pack Drive. When complete, the Weiss Lane project will replace all bridges from East Pecan Street to Kelly Lane. The project will also expand the road from two to four lanes with turn lanes, shoulders, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters. Drivers are advised to watch for lane shifts.

Timeline: March 2017-June 2019

Recent updates

3. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
The project, currently under construction, will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane roadway with curbs and gutters from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive. Designs for the project include one lane in either direction with a center turn lane.

Status: Pfennig will be reduced to one lane of westbound traffic while the city works on the first phase of the project, which includes improvements to the southern part of the road. Eastbound traffic through this portion of Pfennig will detour through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685. One-way traffic patterns will continue for the duration of the project.
Timeline: March 2019-winter 2019
Cost: $1.62 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

4. SH 130 widening
The first segment of the SH 130 widening project will ultimately add a third lane to both the northbound and southbound portions of the toll road from SH 45 N. to US 290 with additional entrance and exit ramp construction. Crews broke ground on the project October 4.

Status: Crews are working at the Parmer and Howard lanes and Gilleland Creek bridges. Half of the drill shafts at the Gilleland bridge are now complete. Beams are scheduled to be installed at the Parmer bridge later this spring. Excavation and embankment for the third travel lane are taking place between Highway 290 and Howard.
Timeline: October 2018-late 2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

Upcoming projects

5. Old Austin-Hutto Road improvements
This project will widen Old Austin-Hutto Road into a three-lane divided roadway and improve pavement. Design plans are mostly complete and include improvements for curb and gutter, drainage and a low-water crossing.

Status: Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in late summer 2019, according to city officials. A ground breaking is pending on updates for design and determination of the construction schedule.
Cost: $4.01 million
Funding source: 2018 city of Pflugerville bonds

All information on this page was updated as of 3/11/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at rphnews@communityimpact.com.

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  1. Andrew Collins

    When are they going to apply a top coat and finish out the Old Settlers/35 bridge area? There are gaps and jumps of up to several inches at each seam and intersection.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the editor for the Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas.
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