14 transportation updates to know in August in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

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

Recent updates

2. I-35 from RM 1431 to FM 3406, northbound
The project is designed to improve safety and mobility on I-35’s northbound frontage road as well as its exit ramp between RM 1431 and FM 3406. It will widen the northbound frontage road and also includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Status: construction began in late July
Timeline: July-late 2020
Cost: $10.4 million
Funding sources: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Texas Department of Transportation

3. McNeil Road extension, Phase 2
The project acts as a bypass for downtown Round Rock, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly. 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 Street to Georgetown Street.

Status: Construction is expected to begin in mid-August
Timeline: August-May/June 2020
Cost: $3 million
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

4. I-35 improvements from SH 45 to Hwy. 79, northbound
The project includes new braided ramps, where one ramp crosses the other, along the northbound I-35 main lanes constructed between Hesters Crossing and RM 620. A third left-turn lane has been constructed for westbound Hwy. 79.

Status: crews are nearly done with the final paving and striping of northbound I-35 lanes between Hesters Crossing and RM 620
Timeline: July 2016-late summer 2019
Funding source: TxDOT

5. 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 on Hwy. 79 is under construction, and traffic signal is in the works 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 source: MA Partners, developers of the Co-Op District

Upcoming projects

6. 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 source: TxDOT

7. RM 620 improvements
The city of Round Rock, Williamson County and TxDOT are partnering on the RM 620 project, which will feature improvements from Deep Wood Drive to I-35. 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. A second bridge will be constructed to carry RM 620 traffic over Lake Creek Drive.

Status: project goes out to bid in August
Timeline: project is anticipated to begin construction in the fall
Cost: $40 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, Williamson County, city of Round Rock

8. 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 source: city of Hutto 2018 transportation bond

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: currently in design phase
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $32 million
Funding source: city of Hutto 2018 transportation bond


Ongoing projects

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.

Timeline: March 2017-late summer 2019

Recent updates

2. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
The project will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane roadway, with a two-way, left-turn center lane, curbs and gutters running from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive. 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 source: 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 is in progress
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

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 working on the Parmer Lane, Howard Lane and Gilleland Creek bridges; bridge pours on the northbound side are complete as of late July, and the southbound side is in progress
Timeline: October 2018-late 2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

Upcoming projects

5. Kelly Lane improvements
To reduce traffic congestion in the area, the project will widen Kelly Lane from a two-lane 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 signals.

Status: design is anticipated to begin in the fall with construction TBD
Cost: $7.81 million
Funding source: 2018 city of Pflugerville transportation bond



(Courtesy Crumbl Cookies)
Crumbl Cookies to open a Pflugerville location

The on-demand cookie delivery company has leased a suite in Pflugerville's Stone Hill Town Center.

Crews work on updating a section of I-35 in Central Texas (Courtesy TxDOT)
Central Texas transportation agencies investing millions in I-35 for new lanes, intersection improvements aimed at aiding mobility

About 20 miles of I-35 through Central Texas will see an infusion of $400 million in state and federal funding to add one to two additional lanes in an effort to improve mobility.

(Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock, Austin locations of Catch Air to become PlayMazing Indoor Play & Party

Both Catch Air Round Rock, located at 1401 South IH-35, Ste. 130, and Catch Air Austin, located at 13450 Hwy. 183 Ste. 107, will be renamed PlayMazing Austin and PlayMazing Round Rock on Nov. 15.

Bonita Hall was announced as the city of Pflugerville's People   Culture director during Pflugerville City Council's Nov. 12 meeting. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Bonita Hall named city of Pflugerville's People + Culture director

Bonita Hall began serving in her new role as Pflugerville's People + Culture director Nov. 13.

Staff confirmed Nov. 12 that Great Wall Express' Pflugerville restaurant closed in October. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Great Wall Express closes Pflugerville location

Great Wall Express, a Chinese restaurant, still operates a Round Rock location.

Republic National Distributing Company will relocate and expand its operations to Pflugerville, as announced during Pflugerville City Council's Nov. 12 meeting. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Republic National Distributing Company to relocate and expand operations in Pflugerville

Republic National Distributing Company, a wines and spirits distributor, will relocate and expand operations to Pflugerville.

Pflugerville City Council approved a final ordinance reading on an amendment to the city's public camping ordinance. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville City Council approves updated public camping ordinance

Pflugerville City Council approved the ordinance amendment during council's Nov. 12 meeting.

The city of Pflugerville provided a presentation on the city's water treatment failure during Pflugerville City Council's Nov. 12 meeting. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
"We’re going to make it right," city manager says: Pflugerville provides next solutions for water treatment failure

Members of Pflugerville city staff and DCS Engineering addressed residents and council members' concerns regarding the city's water treatment failure during council's Nov. 12 meeting.

Deborah L Bland, LCSW, PLLC, a counseling practice for adults and children, is set to open in Hutto Nov. 18. (Courtesy Deborah Bland)
Deborah L Bland, LCSW, PLLC counseling service to open in Hutto

The practice offers counseling and psychotherapy services to adults and children.

Deece Eckstein at the Nov. 12 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting
Travis County intergovernmental relations officer announces retirement, triggers "aggressive" hiring schedule

Deece Eckstein, Travis County's inaugural intergovernmental relations officer, will retire at the end of the year.

PetSuites Round Rock marks the company's first location in the Austin-Round Rock area. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
PetSuites Round Rock now open

The business features pet boarding, day care and grooming services.

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a salary increase following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Round Rock ISD superintendent receives salary increase, performance bonus

Round Rock ISD Superintendent Steve Flores received a 3.5%, one-year pay raise following his annual review by the RRISD board of trustees on Nov. 11.

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