Developers and city and state officials will hold the official groundbreaking Feb. 2 for Pflugerville's $3 million driver's license "megacenter," one of only six planned throughout the state by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The new centers are part of a $63 million initiative from the state Legislature to cut down on wait times and red tape at driver's license centers. The Pflugerville center will be the only such DPS driver's license facility in the Austin area.

Construction on the center is already under way, and the site is scheduled for completion by the end of June and will be occupied by Aug. 1, said John Bundy, vice president of Development 2000, which won the bid to build the facility.

The groundbreaking will be held Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. on the northeast corner of Wells Branch Parkway and Heatherwilde Boulevard. City and state officials are expected to be on hand.

Bundy said the 23,840-square-foot facility will include computerized check-in similar to airports, a queuing system and other measures meant to streamline the process and cut wait times in half. It is expected to generate 500–600 trips per day and 57 jobs.