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

Round Rock & Hutto

Ongoing projects

1. Railroad quiet zones
Construction includes 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 regarding quiet zone requirements. The crossings are electronically controlled by the train, which triggers traffic signals and clears the tracks of motorists. Union Pacific has installed signals at A Burnet Street and B St. Williams Street, though both are currently inactive.

Timeline: the city’s portion of the construction will be completed in the fall with Union Pacific continuing work after that

Recent updates

2. McNeil Road extension, Phase 2
The project acts as a bypass for downtown Round Rock, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly, reducing travel times and accidents. Phase 1 of the project, which extended McNeil Road to Lampasas Street, is complete. Phase 2 of the project will extend the roadway from Burnet Road to Georgetown Street.

Status: City Council awarded a construction contract to Smith Contracting on May 23
Timeline: construction expected to begin this summer and last 9-10 months
Cost: $3 million
Funding sources: budgeted/Type B

3. RM 620 expansion
The city of Round Rock and the Texas Department of Transportation are partnering on the RM 620 project, which will feature improvements from Deep Wood Drive to I-35 to improve safety and mobility within the area. The project will add frontage road lanes as well as construct a bridge over the railroad crossing at Chisholm Trail Road and add a roundabout underneath the bridge. To help maintain access to businesses and residential spaces in the area, access roads will be built between Lake Creek Drive and Chisholm Trail Road. A second bridge has been proposed to carry RM 620 traffic over Lake Creek Drive.

Status: utility relocation ongoing
Timeline: construction expected to begin in the fall
Cost: $35 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, Williamson County, city of Round Rock

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

Status: construction began June 4
Timeline: June-August
Cost: $647,000
Funding sources: MA Partners, developers of the Co-Op District

Upcoming projects

5. I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45, 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 N 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 anticipated for early 2020
Timeline: construction expected to begin in late 2020
Cost: $5 million
Funding sources: TxDOT

6. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Three FM 1660 intersections— A North FM 1660 at Limmer Loop, B North FM 1660 at Hwy. 79 and C South FM 1660 at Front Street—were incorporated as part of the city of Hutto’s 2018 transportation bonds. The intersection updates were designed to help improve traffic backups within city limits.

Status: the city has begun preliminary engineering work with the project’s engineer, which includes surveying, traffic counts, utility exploration, environmental assessments and other studies; the project’s engineer has developed preliminary layouts for the three intersection improvements following the traffic study
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding sources: 2018 transportation bond funds

7. 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 sources: 2018 transportation bond funds

8. 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: construction expected to begin at the end of July
Timeline: late July-late November
Cost: $677,000
Funding sources: budgeted/Type B

9. I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45, northbound
The project includes new braided ramps along the northbound I-35 main lanes constructed between Hesters Crossing and RM 620 to help reduce merging conflicts. A third left-turn lane has been constructed for westbound Hwy. 79.

Status: the northbound I-35 paving project is expected to be completed by the end of June
Timeline: July 2016-mid-summer 2019
Cost: $28.1 million
Funding sources: TxDOT


Recent updates

1. Weiss Lane improvements
The project is designed to widen Weiss Lane from Wilbarger Creek to Cele Road from two lanes to four along with curb, gutter and drainage improvements. The southernmost section running from Wilbarger to East Pecan Street will also be reconstructed as a two-lane highway with shoulders included. The project also includes reconstruction of all bridge structures.

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

2. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
The project will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane highway with curbs and gutters running from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive. The new configuration includes one lane running in each direction along with a two-way left-turn center lane. Pfennig is reduced to one lane of westbound traffic for the duration of the first phase of the project, with eastbound traffic detouring through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685.

Status: phase 1 of the project is 80% complete
Timeline: March-December
Cost: $1.62 million
Funding sources: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bond

3. Old Austin-Hutto Road improvements
The project will widen Old Austin-Hutto Road into a three-lane highway and includes pavement improvements. The updated configuration will include one lane in each direction in addition to a two-way left-turn center lane.

Status: the final design for the project is in progress and includes development updates since 2017
Timeline: complete final design this summer, project out for bid this fall
Cost: $3.7 million
Funding sources: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds for design, 2018 city of Pflugerville bonds for construction funds

4. 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 N and Hwy. 290 East.

Status: crews are prepping for a deck pour at Gilleland Creek Bridge, and concrete pavement is planned for the northbound main lane
Timeline: October 2018-late 2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding sources: Central Texas Turnpike System funds

Upcoming projects

5. Kelly Lane improvements
To reduce traffic congestion, the project will widen Kelly Lane from a two-way roadway to a four-lane road running from West Falcon Pointe Boulevard to Moonlynch Avenue. Project improvements include curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, streetlights and operational traffic.

Status: project designs are anticipated to run through 2019 with construction beginning in 2020
Cost: $7.81 million
Funding sources: 2018 city of Pflugerville transportation bond