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


Round Rock & Hutto

Ongoing projects

1. Railroad quiet zones, Phase 1
This project will create railroad and street intersections that eliminate the need for train horns inside Round Rock city limits. New signals have been installed at  Burnet Street and  St. Williams Street, though both are currently inactive. Round Rock will proceed with median work, curb work and the installation of a traffic signal at St. Williams. That work will take six to eight months.

Estimated timeline: September 2018-winter 2019

Recent updates

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

All connections of Phase 1 are complete, including the McNeil Road extension and McNeil’s connection to Lampasas Street.

Phase 2 of the project will extend McNeil from  Burnet Street to Georgetown Street.  Lewis Street will be extended to connect to McNeil, and improvements are designed for Georgetown Street.

Status: Design plans for Phase 2 are complete, but the city is working through drainage issues, according to Round Rock officials. The project is anticipated to be bid in April.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: TBD
Funding source: Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp. funds

3. 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 will include a 1,200-foot bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin by spring.

Status: Subcontractors have completed preliminary work on the project, including installing fence, excavating and clearing right of way, and setting perimeter barricades. City and county officials held a ground breaking for this project Feb. 25.
Timeline: spring 2019-spring 2020
Cost: $3.8 million (city of Round Rock), $9.6 million (Williamson County)
Funding sources: city of Round Rock, Williamson County

4. 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.

Status: Work on culverts and bridges continues on this project. Subcontractors placed asphalt north of Limmer Loop, and flexible base was added north of Limmer Loop. Concrete pipe was removed from locations.
Timeline: December 2017-spring 2019
Cost: TBD
Funding sources: Williamson County

5. Neenah Avenue widening
This project widened the previously two-lane Neenah Avenue to a four-lane, divided roadway. The widening work stretches from Olive Hill Drive to the end of Neenah, totaling less than 1 mile in length.

Status: Williamson County and city of Austin officials on Feb. 12 celebrated the completion of this project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pearson Ranch Middle School. A traffic signal was also installed at Neenah and Pearson Ranch Road.

According to Williamson County officials, the entire project was completed in 10 months.
Timeline: spring 2018-February 2019
Cost: $2.5 million
Funding sources: city of Austin, Williamson County

Upcoming projects

6. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Improvements at three FM 1660 intersections were included in the city of Hutto’s voter-approved 2018 transportation bonds.

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.

The city will soon begin coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation and preliminary engineering, which includes traffic counts, utility exploration, environmental assessment and other studies.

This preliminary process will take several months to complete, according to Hutto Executive Director of Communications Eliska Padilla.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

7. University Boulevard widening project
This project will widen University Boulevard to a six-lane, median-divided arterial between the North I-35 frontage road and Sunrise Road.

Dual turn lanes will be installed at the intersections of Oakmont Drive and University Oaks Boulevard.

Status: Utility relocation has begun on the project, according to Round Rock officials.
Timeline: project to be bid by late 2019 or early 2020
Cost: TBD
Funding source: TBD

8. CR 110 expansion
This project will upgrade this existing two-lane section of CR 110 to a three-lane roadway. CR 110 is ultimately designed to become a six-lane road.

Status: James Construction was awarded the bid for this contract at the Feb. 5 Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting. Utility relocation is partially complete and currently underway. Work is expected to begin on the roadway soon.
Timeline: spring 2019-spring 2020
Cost: $8.91 million
Funding source: Williamson County


Ongoing projects

1. Heatherwilde/Windermere neighborhood repair
Work continues on Heatherwilde neighborhood streets. Crews are working on the last two phases of the project simultaneously, per city officials. Roads included in the last two phases include Cactus Blossom Drive, Ardisia Drive and Dashwood Creek Drive.

Estimated timeline: March 2018-spring 2019

2. 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. Drivers are advised to watch for lane shifts.

Estimated timeline: March 2017-June 2019

Recent updates

3. 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 Parmer Lane bridge widening sometime this spring.
Timeline: September 2018-summer 2020
Cost: $36.8 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

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

Status: Work began in December on new flyovers at Hwy. 290.
Timeline: December 2018-2021
Cost: $127 million
Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, TxDOT

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 a bid for the project contract. Work is expected to begin in March. Pfennig will be reduced to one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic through this portion of Pfennig will detour through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685.
Timeline: March-winter 2019
Cost: $1.62 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

6. Old Austin-Hutto Road improvements
This project will widen the entirety of Old Austin-Hutto Road into a three-lane urban divided roadway and improve pavement. Design plans for the construction are mostly complete and include provisions for curb and gutter, drainage improvements and low-water crossing improvements.

Status: City officials expect the project to go to bid and break ground later this spring.
Timeline: spring 2019-spring 2020
Cost: $4.01 million
Funding source: 2018 bond funds

All information on this page was updated as of 02/26/19. News or questions about these or other local transportation projects?

Email us at rphnews@communityimpact.com.

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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 reporter for Northwest Austin.
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