14 transportation updates to know in February in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

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Round Rock & Hutto

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. Railroad quiet zones, Phase 1
This project will create railroad and street intersections that will eliminate the need for train horns inside Round Rock city limits.

Estimated timeline: September 2018-winter 2019

2. North Mays Street extension
This extension will ultimately connect Paloma Drive and Oakmont Drive via an extension of Mays Street. The project includes a four-lane road and a 1,200-foot bridge. A contract has not yet been awarded for the project but construction is anticipated to begin by spring 2019.

Estimated timeline: spring 2019-spring 2020

3. CR 119 extension
This project is a roadway extension for CR 119/Ed Schmidt Boulevard from Limmer Loop to Chandler Road in Hutto. Construction crews will create two lanes of a future four-lane roadway with a shoulder and a traffic signal at CR 119 and Limmer.

Estimated timeline: December 2017-spring 2019

4. McNeil Road extension
The first phase of the McNeil Road extension, which is currently under construction, will extend McNeil from the Mays Street bridge to Burnet Street, ultimately replacing East Bagdad Avenue. At its total completion the project will serve as a bypass road for downtown Round Rock.

Estimated timeline: Phase 1 complete in spring 2019

RECENT UPDATES

5. I-35 access improvements
These Texas Department of Transportation projects added a frontage road and bridge improvements around the intersection of I-35 and FM 3406.

Status: Work on two state-funded projects—bridge improvements at the I-35 and FM 3406 intersection and the southbound I-35 frontage road from RM 1431 to FM 3406—was officially completed in January.

Improvements on the southbound I-35 frontage road from RM 1431 to FM 3406 include extended entrance and exit lanes.

Work on the FM 3406 bridge was finished two months ahead of schedule, according to TxDOT officials. The project extended the bridge, added two U-turn lanes for each direction and added dedicated left-turn lanes.
Timeline: November 2016-January 2019
Cost: $9.2 million for southbound I-35 from RM 1431 to FM 3406; $12.4 million for I-35 at FM 3406 bridge
Funding source: TxDOT

6. North FM 1460 widening
This project widened FM 1460 to a four-lane divided roadway. The project included traffic signal and bridge improvements.

Status: The finished widened roadway running from University Boulevard in Round Rock to Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown was officially opened by TxDOT on Dec. 10.
Timeline: summer 2014-December 2018
Cost: $21 million
Funding sources: TxDOT, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Williamson County, city of Georgetown, city of Round Rock

7. Co-Op District road work
Several improvement projects are underway for streets entering the Co-Op District, a mixed-use development in Hutto. The city has an agreement with TxDOT for Hwy. 79 improvements, and MA Partners, developers on the Co-Op District, are constructing roads inside the development.

Status: Short Street closed permanently to motorists Jan. 19. City officials advise motorists to use West Street as an alternative route for downtown traffic.

Co-Op Boulevard in the Co-Op District was paved in January. Live Oak Drive, an extension from West Street to Exchange Boulevard, was paved simultaneously with Co-Op Boulevard. Both paving projects are now complete.
Timeline: fall 2018-summer 2019
Cost: TBD
Funding source: MA Partners

UPCOMING PROJECTS

8. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Three FM 1660 intersections were included in the city of Hutto’s voter-approved 2018 transportation bonds. The intersection improvements are designed to mitigate backups at key intersections in city limits.

Status: Design work is underway for intersection improvements at North FM 1660 at Limmer Loop, FM 1660 at Hwy. 79 and South FM 1660 at Front Street.

Construction on the Limmer Loop sidewalk project was delayed in fall 2018 after improvements to the intersection at North FM 1660 were included in the November bond proposition.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

9. Hwy. 79 crossing
Hutto City Engineer Matt Rector and Jessica Romigh, chair of the Hutto Planning and Zoning Commission, recommended to Hutto City Council an overpass or underpass crossing over Hwy. 79 in Hutto.

Hutto City Manager Odis Jones in January told city staff to begin design work on the project. The preliminary concept plans show the connector located between CR 132 and CR 134 near Hwy. 79.

Status: City Council approved a $6.5 million contract Jan. 17 with HNTB Corp. for engineering services related to the Hwy. 79 crossing concept and the FM 1660 intersection improvements.

Council also voted Jan. 17 to issue bonds on the design phase for the FM 1660 intersection improvements and the Hwy. 79 crossing.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

Pflugerville

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. Heatherwilde/Windermere neighborhood repair
Work continues on the Heatherwilde neighborhood streets. Crews are working on three phases simultaneously, and concrete work is scheduled to begin soon, city officials said.

Estimated timeline: March 2018-mid-2019

RECENT UPDATES

2. SH 130 widening
The first segment of the SH 130 widening project will ultimately add a third lane to both the northbound and southbound portions of the toll road from SH 45 N to Hwy. 290.

Status: Crews will work on pavement subgrade and base work in the spring. TxDOT officials expect crews to finish the Parmer Bridge widening sometime this spring.
Timeline: October 2018-summer 2020
Cost: $36.8 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

3. Hwy. 290/SH 130 flyovers
Three flyovers will be constructed between the two highways from northbound SH 130 to westbound Toll 290, from southbound SH 130 to westbound Toll 290 and from eastbound Toll 290 to southbound SH 130.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the TxDOT are partnering on the project. TxDOT is providing $41.1 million toward the total cost to finance the eastbound Toll 290 to southbound SH 130 flyover, which will not be tolled.

Status: Work began in December on new flyovers at Toll 290 and SH 130.
Timeline: December 2018-Dec. 21, 2019
Cost: $127 million
Funding sources: CTRMA, TxDOT

4. Weiss Lane improvements
The Weiss Lane project will replace all bridges from East Pecan Street to Kelly Lane. It will also expand the road from two lanes to four with turn lanes, shoulders, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters.

Status: Pflugerville City Engineer Amy Giannini said traffic will be shifted to the future southbound lanes sometime in February.
Timeline: March 2017-May 2019
Cost: $14.6 million (city of Pflugerville), $7.4 million (Travis County)
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville, Travis County

UPCOMING PROJECTS

5. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
This project will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane roadway with curbs and gutters from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive.

Status: Pflugerville City Council on Jan. 22 approved Smith Contracting Co.’s bid for the project contract. Work will begin on the project in February.
Timeline: February 2019-winter 2019
Cost: $1.62 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

All information on this page was updated as of 01/30/18. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects?

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