9 transportation updates you should know in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto this November

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  1. Arterial H extension 

Williamson County is extending Arterial H to Sam Bass Road, and work includes the design of four lanes for Arterial H. The timeline has been extended into the spring.
Timeline: June 2016-spring 2018

2. I-35 access improvements

The project in Round Rock will provide enhancements to 2.3 miles of I-35 from SH 45 N to Hwy. 79. Work includes the reconstruction of northbound and southbound frontage road intersections at I-35 and Hwy. 79, and the construction of braided ramps on northbound I-35 between Hesters Crossing Road and RM 620 in an effort to relieve bottleneck issues.
Status: Work is being done to improve the Hwy. 79 and I-35 intersection, including the completion of three turn lanes from westbound Hwy. 79 to southbound I-35. They are also constructing temporary entrance and exit ramps at RM 620 and Hesters Crossing, and constructing new braided ramps between SH 45 N and RM 620.
Timeline: July 2016-spring 2019
Cost: $28.1 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

3. East Pflugerville Parkway and SH 130 improvements

In partnership with TxDOT, the intersections on each side of SH 130 for the frontage roads at East Pflugerville Parkway will be reconstructed with traffic signals, storm sewer improvements, sidewalks and traffic control. The parkway reconstruction will be bid upon in the spring.
Status: Construction of utility improvements is underway.
Timeline: September 2017-summer 2018
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, TxDOT

4. Rowe Lane widening

Reconstruction of the existing two-lane section of Rowe Lane is underway, adding shoulders to the road. The project is a cost-sharing safety project with Travis County bond funds approved by voters.
Status: Phase 3 is underway, which includes the closure of the road from West Rowe Loop to Commons Parkway and Treyburn Lane. Rowe Lane is closed to through traffic. Detours are posted around the work area.
Timeline: August-December
Cost: $1.46 million
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Travis County

5. RM 620 widening

The 2.74-mile segment of roadway in Round Rock will be widened from four to six lanes and will include new curbs and gutters and a raised median. The segment will include construction of left- and right-turn lanes, culverts, water-quality facilities, retaining walls and the construction of a sidewalk on the north side of RM 620.
Status: Williamson County is working on expanding the section of RM 620 from Wyoming Springs Drive to Deepwood Drive from four to six lanes. Round Rock is finishing acquiring right-of-way for a bridge over the railroad tracks at Chisholm Trail. After this step, the city will move into utility relocation in 2018. TxDOT has forecasted bidding for the project’s construction for April 2019.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding sources: Williamson County, TxDOT

Weiss Lane improvements

6. Weiss Lane improvements

The project will replace all bridges on Weiss Lane from East Pecan Street to Cele Road starting with the one-lane bridge near East Pecan. It will expand the road from two lanes to four, adding turn lanes and shoulders as well as improving drainage with storm drain facilities and curbs and gutters.
Status: New lanes are being used on the west side of Weiss while the east side is built. The northbound and southbound lanes split near East Pecan. City officials said the project is progressing on schedule.
Timeline: March 2017-fall 2018
Cost: $14.6 million (city of Pflugerville), $7.4 million (Travis County)
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Travis County

7. East Street reconstruction

This 2008 bond project from the city of Hutto includes reconstruction of East Street from Pecan Street to Farley Street, an asphalt overlay on East from Farley to Hwy. 79, and a parking lot and on-street parking with 43 additional spaces for downtown businesses on East. Several amenities from the original project, including food truck pedestals, bike racks, street furniture, benches and trash cans were removed to help reduce costs.
Status: East Street is closed while officials install the water line and perform pavement repairs as part of Phase 2, which is expected to be completed by mid-December. Phase 3, involving the final paving, will begin in 2018.
Timeline: September-spring 2018
Cost: $1.03 million
Funding source: city of Hutto bonds

8. I-35 at FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard improvements

The project will replace and widen the Old Settlers Boulevard bridge, construct two new U-turn bridges—one in each direction—and make bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. The project is designed to reduce bottlenecks and improve travel times at the I-35 and Old Settlers intersection in Round Rock.
Status: The FM 3406/Old Settlers bridge is closed to eastbound traffic for the duration of the construction period. Westbound traffic is using the lanes of the newly constructed U-turn bridge.
Timeline: March 2017-spring 2019
Cost: $12.4 million
Funding source: TxDOT

9. CR 110 South improvements

The project includes improvements to approximately 2.2 miles of CR 110 between Hwy. 79 and Limmer Loop. It will upgrade the existing two-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway, which is half of an ultimate six-lane roadway.
Status: Concrete railing and pavement markings are being placed.
Timeline: March 2017-September 2018
Cost: $27 million
Funding source: Williamson County

All information on this page was updated as of  10/23/17. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects? Email us at rphnews@communityimpact.com.

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Emily Donaldson is a recent transplant to the Austin area from Houston, Texas, where she started with Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016. Donaldson started covering public education in Cy-Fair ISD, the third largest school district in the state of Texas, and then she transitioned into her role as the company's legislative reporter, providing statehouse coverage for all 22 editions. Currently, she reports on the city of Round Rock and Round Rock ISD for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition. Donaldson graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor's degrees in magazine journalism and political science.

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