City continues design work on Rivery Boulevard, new traffic signal active

Westinghouse Road, FM 1460 traffic signal begins operating

The traffic signal at the intersection of FM 1460 and Westinghouse Road began operating May 2. The signal was installed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Engineering and right of way acquisition to expand FM 1460 is also ongoing. The project would widen FM 1460 to four lanes from University Boulevard in Round Rock to Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown. Construction for that project is expected to begin in 2014.

Rivery Boulevard extension route selection expected this summer

Plans to extend Rivery Boulevard from Williams Drive to Northwest Boulevard are underway. Engineers and city staff are working to create a final route for the roadway that would be a combination of two previously proposed routes.

Staff will present the new route to the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corp. at its May 15 meeting. The board will determine if the plans will go before City Council, Georgetown Transportation Engineer Bill Dryden said.

The new roadway is expected to provide a thoroughfare network to minimize congestion on Williams Drive and encourage development in the Williams Drive gateway area, an 85-acre economic development and redevelopment area near Williams Drive and I-35.

$567K approved for street rehabilitation and reconstruction

At its April 23 meeting, City Council awarded more than $567,000 to Austin-based Smith Contracting Co. Inc. to rehabilitate and reconstruct nine city streets using money from the 2011–12 street maintenance funds.

The roadway improvements include:

  • Church Street from University Avenue to 10th Street
  • Myrtle Street from University to Eighth Street
  • 14th Street from Myrtle Street to College Street and Maple Street to Olive Street
  • Ash Street from Fifth Street to Seventh Street
  • 13th Street at Hutto Road
  • Peach Tree Lane reconstruction plus utility upgrades
  • 16th Street from Hutto Road to Barcus Drive
  • Virginia Street
  • Timber Street pavement rehabilitation and utility upgrades from University Avenue to 16th Street

According to city documents, the extent of rehabilitation for each street, which could include new asphalt or curb and gutters, depends on the roadway's condition. Utility work needed was also included in the project to prevent unnecessary pavement damage in the future.

Construction will be done in phases and is expected to begin in May, Georgetown Transportation Services Manager Mark Miller said. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

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