14 transportation projects to know in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in June

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Round Rock & Hutto

Ongoing projects

1. I-35 improvements from US 79 to SH 45 North, northbound
The project includes new braided ramps—where one ramp crosses over the other—that have been constructed along the northbound I-35 main lanes between Hesters Crossing and RM 620 to eliminate merging conflicts. The northbound and southbound intersections of the US 79 and I-35 frontage roads have also been reconstructed to add a third left-turn lane for westbound US 79.

Status: northbound I-35 main lane widening, pedestrian enhancements and final overlay will be completed by late spring 2019, weather permitting
Timeline: July 2016-early summer 2019

Recent updates

2. Railroad quiet zones
Construction involves both city of Round Rock and Union Pacific Railroad work at street and railroad crossing intersections. The crossings are being brought up to compliance with federal standards to meet requirements of quiet zones. The crossings are electronically activated by the train, which triggers preemption for the traffic signals and allows the train tracks to be cleared of motorists. Union Pacific has installed signals at A Burnet Street and B St. Williams Street, though both are currently inactive.

Status: ATS Engineers has been awarded the contract for median work, curb work and the installation of a traffic signal at St. Williams, which are expected to take place in late summer; Union Pacific continues work on the crossings at Burnet and St. Williams
Timeline: September 2018-winter 2019
Cost: $4 million is budgeted in addition to a $400,000 Texas Department of Transportation grant for safety improvements
Funding source: budgeted, TxDOT

3. Hwy. 79 median at Co-Op Boulevard
Several improvement projects are underway for streets surrounding the Co-Op District, a mixed-use development in Hutto. A raised median and traffic signal are planned for the entrance to the Co-Op District at Hwy. 79 and Co-Op Boulevard.

Status: Aaron Concrete Contractors was awarded the construction contract May 2
Timeline: June-August 2019
Cost: $647,000
Funding source: MA Partners, developers of the Co-Op District

4. McNeil Road extension, Phase 2
The project will serve as a bypass for downtown Round Rock to improve the flow of traffic, reduce travel times and reduce 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 McNeil from Burnet Street to Georgetown Street.

Status: Phase 2 plans are complete; City Council awarded a construction contract to Smith Contracting on May 23
Timeline: construction is anticipated to begin this summer
Cost: $4.1 million
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

5. 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: Round Rock City Council awarded a construction contract to Pro Dirt Services on May 9
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $677,000
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

Upcoming projects

6. I-35 improvements from US 79 to SH 45 North, southbound
The project includes constructing an auxiliary lane to remove merging conflicts on the I-35 southbound main lanes between RM 620 and Hesters Crossing. The proposed southbound auxiliary lane extending from the US 79 entrance ramp to the SH 45 North exit ramp will eliminate a forced merge. The existing southbound auxiliary lane from the RM 620 entrance ramp to the Hesters Crossing exit ramp will remain.

Status: completed plans, specifications and estimates are anticipated for early 2020
Timeline: construction is expected to begin in late 2020
Cost: $5 million
Funding source: TxDOT

7. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Three FM 1660 intersections— A North FM 1660 at Limmer Loop, B FM 1660 at Hwy. 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 has negotiated the first task order with the project’s engineer; preliminary engineering—which involves surveying, traffic counts, utility exploration, environmental assessments and other studies—is underway
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

8. Expansion of RM 620, addition of roundabout between I-35 and Round Rock High School
The city of Round Rock and TxDOT are working on a project that will widen the lanes of RM 620 from I-35 to Deep Wood Drive, add frontage road lanes in both directions, construct a bridge over the railroad crossing at Chisholm Trail Road and add a roundabout under the bridge.

Status: utility relocation is ongoing
Timeline: project is expected to go to bid in June
Cost: $24.2 million
Funding sources: Williamson County, city of Round Rock, TxDOT

9. Hwy. 79 crossing
The city of Hutto is in the process of creating a way over or under Hwy. 79 as a means to connect the northern and southern sections of the city. Preliminary plans show the connector located between CR 132 and CR 134 near Hwy. 79. The overpass/underpass would connect to CR 132 north of Hwy. 79.

Status: preliminary engineering work and coordination with TxDOT is underway; engineers drafted three potential alignment options in May after evaluating preliminary horizontal and vertical alignments, cost estimates and environmental constraints
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $32 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

Pflugerville

Ongoing projects

1. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
The project will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane roadway with curbs and gutters from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive. The new lane configuration includes one lane in each direction plus a two-way, left-turn center lane. Pfennig is currently 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 detours through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685.

Timeline: March 2019-December 2019

Recent updates

2. Heatherwilde/Windermere neighborhood repairs
Road reconstruction and concrete work in the Heatherwilde and Windermere neighborhoods—including sidewalks, curb and gutter, driveways and street reconstructions—are now complete. The final phase of work included improvements to Cactus Blossom, Ardisia and Dashwood Creek drives.

Status: construction concluded in May
Timeline: March 2018-May 2019
Cost: $5.02 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

3. SH 130 widening
Crews are working to widen the existing main lanes and bridges of SH 130 to add a third lane in both the northbound and southbound directions between SH 45 North and US 290 East.

Status: work is underway on Parmer Lane, Howard Lane and Gilleland Creek bridges; beams are being set at the Gilleland bridge; crews are placing steel and prepping for a deck pour at the Howard bridge; bridge deck pours at the Parmer bridge began in April and continued through May; excavation and embankment for the third travel lane are underway between US 290 and Howard
Timeline: October 2018-late 2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System funds

4. Weiss Lane improvements
The project will widen Weiss Lane from Wilbarger Creek to Cele Road from two to four lanes with curb and gutter and drainage improvements. The southernmost section from Wilbarger to East Pecan Street will be reconstructed as a two-lane roadway with shoulders. The project includes reconstruction of all bridge structures.

Status: crews continue work on the northern section of Weiss from Pflugerville Parkway to Cele Road
Timeline: March 2017-late summer 2019
Cost: $20 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

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. The new lane configuration includes one lane in each direction plus a two-way, left-turn center lane.

Status: design plans are mostly complete and include improvements for curb and gutter, drainage and a low-water crossing
Cost: $3.7 million
Funding source: 2018 city of Pflugerville bond funds

All information on this page was updated as of 5/20/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at rphnews@communityimpact.com.

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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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