15 transportation projects to know in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in May

I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45 includes new braided rampsu2014where one ramp crosses over the otheru2014that have been constructed along the northbound I-35 main lanes between Hesters Crossing and RM 620.

I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45 includes new braided rampsu2014where one ramp crosses over the otheru2014that have been constructed along the northbound I-35 main lanes between Hesters Crossing and RM 620.

Round Rock & Hutto

Ongoing projects

1. Railroad quiet zones
Construction includes intersection improvements, signal upgrades and the addition and extension of turn lanes at A Harrell Parkway and B Brushy Creek Plant Road. The work is part of the city’s ongoing railroad quiet zones project, which will create railroad and street intersections with electronic signals that eliminate the need for train horns inside Round Rock city limits.

Timeline: Hwy. 79 at Harrell Parkway has an estimated completion of late 2019. The Brushy Creek Plant Road railroad crossing is under construction with completion expected in October.

2. Co-Op District road work
Several improvement projects are underway for streets surrounding the Co-Op District, a mixed-use development in Hutto. The city and the Texas Department of Transportation are under an agreement for Hwy. 79 improvements. MA Partners, the developers behind the Co-Op District, are constructing roads inside the development. A raised median and traffic signal are planned for the entrance to the development at Hwy. 79 and Co-Op Boulevard. Aaron Concrete Contractors submitted the lowest bid for the project and is expected to be awarded the contract in early May.

Timeline: TBD

Recent updates

3. I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45, northbound
The project includes new braided ramps—where one ramp crosses over the other—that have been constructed along the northbound I-35 main lanes between Hesters Crossing and RM 620.

Status: Northbound I-35 main lane widening, pedestrian enhancements and final overlay will be completed in spring 2019, weather permitting.
Timeline: July 2016-spring 2019
Cost: $28.1 million
Funding source: TxDOT

4. McNeil Road extension, Phase 2
The project will serve as a bypass for downtown Round Rock. 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 A McNeil from Burnet Street to Georgetown Street. B Lewis Street will be extended to connect to McNeil, and improvements are designed for Georgetown Street.

Status: Design plans for Phase 2 are complete. The project was let for bidding April 30.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: engineer’s estimate is $4.1 million
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

5. CR 119 extension
The project extends CR 119/Ed Schmidt Boulevard from Limmer Loop to Chandler Road in Hutto. Construction crews created two lanes of a future four-lane roadway with shoulders. A left-turn lane off Chandler onto CR 119 as well as a traffic signal at CR 119 and Limmer were added.

Status: A ribbon cutting marked the end of construction April 5.
Timeline: December 2017-April 2019
Cost: $6.64 million
Funding sources: Williamson County, city of Hutto

6. Red Bud Lane improvements
Improvements are planned for Red Bud Lane from Palm Valley Boulevard to Pioneer Crossing Drive. On the northbound side, crews will construct a raised median and a right-turn lane into the north entrance of the Walmart parking lot. On the southbound side, plans include construction of a dedicated right-turn lane, one straight lane and two dedicated left-turn lanes.

Status: Round Rock City Council is expected to award an engineering contract in May.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $600,000
Funding source: budgeted/Type B

Upcoming projects

7. I-35 improvements from Hwy. 79 to SH 45, southbound
The project will construct an additional auxiliary lane to remove merging conflicts on the I-35 southbound main lanes between RM 620 and Hesters Crossing Road.

Status: The completed plans, specifications and estimates are anticipated for early 2020.
Timeline: Construction is expected to begin in late 2020.
Cost: $5 million
Funding source: TxDOT

8. FM 1660 intersection improvements
Three FM 1660 intersections—at A Limmer Loop, B Hwy. 79 and C Front Street—were included in the city of Hutto’s 2018 transportation bonds.

Status: Preliminary engineering—which involves surveying, traffic counts, utility exploration, environmental assessments and other studies—is underway.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $6 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds

9. Expansion of RM 620
The city of Round Rock and TxDOT are working on a project that will widen the lanes of RM 620 from I-35 to Deep Wood Drive, add frontage road lanes in both directions, construct a bridge over the railroad crossing at Chisholm Trail and add a roundabout under the bridge. The project will send RM 620 traffic over the Union Pacific railroad tracks, while a roundabout below the overpass will give access to Chisholm and several businesses near the overpass.

Status: Utility relocation is ongoing. The project is expected to go to bid in June.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $24.2 million
Funding sources: Williamson County, city of Round Rock, TxDOT

10. Hwy. 79 crossing
The city of Hutto is in the process of creating a way over or under Hwy. 79. Preliminary plans show the connector located between CR 132 and CR 134. The overpass/underpass would connect to CR 132 north of Hwy. 79.

Status: Preliminary engineering is underway. Over the coming months, options will continue to be refined, including subsurface utility engineering and coordination with the Union Pacific railroad.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $32 million
Funding source: 2018 transportation bond funds


Ongoing projects

1. Pfennig Lane widening and reconstruction
The project will reconstruct and widen Pfennig Lane to a three-lane roadway with curbs and gutters from Rocky Creek Drive to Justice Center Drive. Pfennig is currently reduced to one lane of westbound traffic while the city works on the first phase of the project, which includes improvements to the southern part of the road. Eastbound traffic through this portion of Pfennig detours through East Pflugerville Parkway and FM 685.

Timeline: March 2019-winter 2019

2. Weiss Lane improvements
Roadwork continues on Weiss Lane. Crews are working to complete paving and other improvements between Pflugerville Parkway and Pecan Street. Traffic signals were installed at the intersections of Pflugerville Parkway and Wolf Pack Drive. Work on the northern section of Weiss is underway as well. When complete, the project will replace all bridges from East Pecan Street to Kelly Lane and expand the road from two to four lanes with turn lanes, shoulders, drainage improvements, curbs and gutters.

Timeline: March 2017-summer 2019

Recent updates

3. Heatherwilde/Windermere neighborhood repair
The first five phases of the project—including sidewalks, curb and gutter, driveways and street reconstructions—are complete. Road reconstruction and concrete work continues on the final phase within the Heatherwilde subdivision, including work on Cactus Blossom, Ardisia and Dashwood Creek drives.

Status: Weather permitting, road reconstruction will conclude this month.
Timeline: March 2018-May 2019
Cost: $5.02 million
Funding source: 2014 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

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 North and US 290 East.

Status: Work is underway on the Parmer Lane, Howard Lane and Gilleland Creek bridges. Drill shafts at the Gilleland Creek bridge are now complete. Drill shafts, columns and caps have been placed at the Howard bridge. Drill shafts, columns, caps and beams have been installed at the Parmer bridge. Bridge deck pours at Parmer began in April. Excavation and embankment for the third travel lane are underway between US 290 and Howard.
Timeline: October 2018-late 2020
Cost: $36.7 million
Funding source: Central Texas Turnpike System

Upcoming projects

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

Status: Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in late summer 2019. A ground breaking is pending design updates and construction scheduling.
Cost: $3.7 million
Funding source: 2018 city of Pflugerville transportation bonds

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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