Transportation Updates

Transportation Updates May 2015

1. Hwy. 71 center turn lane

This project will construct a center turn lane on Hwy. 71 from Vail Divide to Hamilton Pool Road, a length of just more than 1.5 miles.

  • Timeline: February-July 2015

  • Cost: $8.24 million

  • Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation and Proposition 12 funds

2. Lake Austin Boulevard exit closure

The southbound Lake Austin Boulevard exit ramp on MoPac closed April 26 and will remain closed until at least May 26. The closure is due to continued work on the MoPac Improvement Project and will help expedite reconstruction of the ramp and allow for safer conditions during the reconstruction. Winsted Lane remains open and motorists can exit Enfield Road southbound to Winsted Lane to Lake Austin Boulevard.

  • Timeline: April 26-May 26 or longer

  • Cost: $200 million total for the Mopac Improvement Project

  • Funding sources: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, TxDOT

3. MoPac toll lanes

Upon completion the highway will have one new lane in each direction from Parmer Lane to Cesar Chavez Street that will be tolled. Current construction includes bridge widening, building sound walls, installing conduit and cables to support the toll-collection and intelligent transportation systems, and completing the relocation of temporary ramps.

  • Timeline: late 2013-fall 2015

  • Cost: $204 million

  • Funding sources: federal and state funds

4. MoPac bicycle/pedestrian bridge

TxDOT will construct a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge on MoPac over Loop 360 from Tuscan Terrace to Barton Creek. The project was slated to begin in December but was delayed.

  • Timeline: February 2015-February 2016

  • Cost: $2,985,697

  • Funding sources: TxDOT

5. RR 620 improvements in Lakeway and Bee Cave

TxDOT will add a southbound lane on RR 620 from Lohmans Crossing Road to Spillman Ranch Loop as well as add left- and right-turn lanes onto Falconhead and Ladera boulevards from RR 620.

  • Timeline: bidding planned for August 2015, future dates uncertain

  • Cost: $1 million

  • Funding sources: TxDOT

6. Loop 360 intersections

Intersection improvements will be made from just north of Walsh Tarlton Lane on Loop 360 to just south of MoPac. The improvements include adding auxiliary lanes on Loop 360 to improve flow through the intersections of Walsh Tarlton, the Barton Creek Square Mall entrance and MoPac.

The two-year project also includes revising a future West Gate Boulevard intersection, adding a left-turn lane on the northbound frontage road of MoPac at Loop 360, replacing traffic signals and adjusting signal timing to improve efficiency.

  • Timeline: bidding to begin May 2016

  • Cost: $5,045,440

  • Funding sources: TxDOT

7. RR 620 intersection improvements

TxDOT plans for more than 8.5 miles of intersection improvements along RR 620 from Hwy. 71 to the Mansfield Dam. The project is designed to increase traffic efficiency and reduce travel wait times.

  • Timeline: project to be bid in August

  • Cost: $1.15 million

  • Funding sources: TxDOT

8. Capital of Texas Hwy.  resurfacing

A 4-mile stretch of North Capital of Texas Hwy. from the Colorado River to 0.25 miles south of Wild Basin Road will be resurfaced.

  • Timeline: project to be bid in January 2017

  • Cost: $1.69 million

  • Funding sources: TxDOT

9. Flint Rock Road Improvement Project

This project will improve 2.2 miles of road between RR 620 and Serene Hills Drive in Lakeway and address safety issues, including widening lanes, improving shoulders, and changes in turns and grades.

  • Timeline: July 1, 2015-late fall 2016

  • Cost: $9.2 million

  • Funding sources: 2011 Travis County and 2012 city of Lakeway bond funds


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