June transportation project updates for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

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McNeil Road extension
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Heatherwilde and Windermere neighborhood streets repair
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Transportation updates
Updates and information on upcoming and ongoing transportation projects in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto for June and early July.

Ongoing projects

1. I-35 at FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard improvements
The project is designed to reduce bottlenecks and improve travel times at the I-35 and FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard intersection in Round Rock. Texas Department of Transportation crews have been working to reverse and reconstruct the southbound entrance and exit ramps at FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard.

Estimated timeline: November 2016-fall 2018

2. I-35 access improvements
Crews in April  installed the final beams for the northbound braided entrance and exit ramps between RM 620 and Hesters Crossing. Crews continue to install reinforced steel and pour bridge decks.

Estimated timeline: July 2016-spring 2019

3. East Pflugerville Parkway and SH 130 improvements
This project is the first phase of the East Pflugerville Parkway reconstruction project. New traffic signals at the intersections of FM 685 and East Pflugerville Parkway came online the last week of May.

Estimated timeline: September 2017-summer 2018

4. RM 620 widening
The 2.74-mile segment of road in Round Rock is undergoing construction to widen the highway from four to six lanes. At its completion the construction will add new curbs and gutters as well as a raised median.

Estimated timeline: January 2017-spring 2018

Recent Updates

5. Limmer Loop Sidewalk Project
The Limmer Loop Sidewalk Project, part of the Safe Routes to School project, will add approximately 2,200 feet of sidewalk, connecting Cottonwood Creek Elementary School to FM 1660 North. The construction project includes sidewalk, ramps, drainage structures, pavement markings and signage.

Status: Construction work began June 4 and is split into four phases. The first phase calls for utility adjustments and is currently underway.
Timeline: June-fall
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding sources: federal grants, TxDOT funds

6. CR 119 extension
The project is a roadway extension for CR 119/Ed Schmidt Boulevard from Limmer Loop to Chandler Road in Hutto. Construction crews will work on creating two lanes of a future four-lane roadway with shoulders and a traffic signal at CR 119 and Limmer Loop. Crews broke ground on the project Dec. 7.

Status: Excavation work continues along CR 119. Crews are scheduled to begin tying steel and placing concrete for the deck of Cottonwood Creek Bridge.

Signal work at the intersection of Limmer Loop and CR 119 is underway, and county officials expect a signal to be operational at the location sometime this summer.
Timeline: December 2017-February 2019 completion
Cost: TBD
Funding source: Williamson County

7. McNeil Road extension
At its completion the project will serve as a bypass road for downtown Round Rock to improve the flow of traffic, lower travel times and reduce traffic accidents.

Status: The intersection of Burnet Street and Bagdad Avenue reopened to drivers the first week of June. McNeil Road east of I-35 is open, though traffic can no longer connect to East Bagdad Avenue via the roadway underneath the Mays Street bridge. All traffic must turn left on Blair Street or follow McNeil Road.
Timeline: March 2018-spring 2019
Cost: $4.25 million
Funding source: Round Rock’s Transportation and Economic Development Corporation funds

8. Schneider Boulevard construction
The project will connect Alliance Boulevard to Innovation Boulevard and provide infrastructure to the upcoming Innovation Business Park development site.

Status: Construction on the roadway is underway and utilities have been installed. Utility work began in mid-November and finished in April. According to city officials, the next phase of construction will include construction of curbs and gutters as well as work on the road itself.
Timeline: October 2017-June 2018
Cost: $4.95 million
Funding source: city of Hutto

9. Heatherwilde and Windermere neighborhood streets repair
Twelve streets in the Heatherwilde and Windermere areas will undergo a reconstruction project including roadway reconstruction and possible sidewalk, driveway, and curb and gutter replacements, all as needed.

Status: Construction on Isle of Man Court, Isle of Man Road and Langland Road is wrapping up. Crews will begin work on Phase 2, which includes Thackery Lane and Gravesend Road, sometime in June.
Timeline: March 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $2.8 million
Funding source: city of Pflugerville bonds

10. East Pflugerville Parkway Reconstruction Project Phase 2

This project is the second half of the East Pflugerville Parkway Reconstruction Project. Renovations to the intersection at SH 130 and East Pflugerville Parkway encompass the first phase of this construction project. The city will now reconstruct a portion of East Pflugerville Parkway from Colorado Sand Drive to Becker Farm Road, turning the road into a two-lane urban street that will ultimately become a four-lane street.

Crews will lay approximately 4,400 linear feet of new asphalt during construction, and a nonconcrete pedestrian pathway will be built during this phase as well.

Status: The project has gone out to bid and is awaiting approval from the Pflugerville City Council.
Timeline: May-August
Cost: estimated $2.675 million
Funding source: city of Pflugerville bonds

11. Weiss Lane improvements
The Weiss Lane project will replace all bridges from East Pecan Street to Cele Road starting with the one-lane bridge near East Pecan. It will also expand the roads from two lanes to four with turn lanes, shoulders, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters.

Status: A new traffic signal is up at the intersection of East Pecan Street and Weiss Lane. Striping of the eastbound lanes on Pflugerville Parkway at Weiss Lane has been completed. Crews are currently working on overhead utility relocations and wastewater bore installation.
Timeline: March 2017-fall 2018
Cost: $14.6 million (city of Pflugerville), $7.4 million (Travis County)
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Travis County

12. Mill Creek Road and Green Meadows Street pavement rehabilitation
This project is part of the city’s Community Development Block Grant action plans and will repair paving and concrete as well as  curb and gutter additions.

Status: Pflugerville City Council approved the bid for the contract at its May 22 meeting. City officials expect crews to break ground onthe project sometime in mid-June.
Timeline: June-October
Cost: $759,924
Funding sources: CDBG funds, city of Pflugerville general fund


13. Railroad quiet zones, Phase 1
This project will create railroad and street intersections that eliminate the need for train horns inside the city limits of Round Rock. Motorists will be prevented from crossing railroad intersections through the additions of medians and four crossing arms. The city and Union Pacific Corp. will work on the project.

Once construction is finished the Federal Railroad Administration will need to certify Round Rock as a railroad quiet zone.

Status: The first phase of the two-phase project will run from CR 172 to Burnet Street along McNeil Road. Weather permitting, Union Pacific crews are set to begin work on that segment sometime in August.
Timeline: August 2018-winter 2019
Cost: $3.1 million
Funding sources: city of Round Rock, federal grants

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.