Transportation Updates

Transportation Updates Lake Travis | Westlake

1. Bee Caves Road center turn lane

The Texas Department of Transportation will add a center turn lane on Bee Caves Road between Red Bud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane. The project is a culmination of discussions with staffers in Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, cities that worked for years to acquire the right of way needed to convert the four-lane roadway into a five-lane section. The work is set to start in April or May.

Timeline: 2016-18
Cost:  $29 million
Funding source: TxDOT

2. Loop 360 entrance/exit lanes

TxDOT will add extended entrance and exit lanes on Loop 360 to improve intersections with Walsh Tarlton Lane, the Barton Creek Square Mall entrance, MoPac and the intersection just south of MoPac in Austin. A left-turn lane will also be added on the northbound frontage road of MoPac at
Loop 360.

Timeline: February 2016-spring 2017
Cost: $6.44 million
Funding sources: 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. The timeline was delayed from a fall 2015 completion to late 2016.

Timeline: late 2013-late 2016
Cost: $204 million
Funding sources: federal and state funds

Transportation Updates Lake Travis | Westlake Traffic signal installation[/caption]

4. and 5. RR 620

TxDOT will add a traffic signal on RR 620 at Dave Drive and a traffic signal at Oak Grove Boulevard in northern Lakeway before the 2016-17 school year begins in the fall, said Kelli Reyna, TxDOT Austin District public information officer.

She said the agency routinely studies major intersections to see if signals would be beneficial and determined that the intersection warrants a traffic signal.

Timeline: fall 2016-fall 2016
Cost: $150,000 for each traffic signal totalling $300,000
Funding source: TxDOT

5. Hazard elimination project on Fitzhugh Road

TxDOT plans to make safety improvements including adding signage, delineation and guardrails on Fitzhugh Road from Hwy. 290 to the Travis/Hays county line. The project is slated to be opened to contractor bids in August 2017.

Transportation Updates Lake Travis | Westlake6. Flint Rock Road

Approximately 2 miles of the two-lane Flint Rock Road—between RR 620 at Lakeway Regional Medical Center and Serene Hills Drive—will be widened with a buffer and asphalt shoulder added. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete depending on the weather, and Travis County will manage the construction phase performed by Smith Contracting Co. Construction began in the fall with the erection of signage and erosion protection. Early segments of the project include brush clearing and the construction of temporary travel lanes for traffic control.

Road paving of the project began in early January.

Timeline: October 2015-late 2016
Cost: $9.2 million total with 47 percent funded by the city of Lakeway and 53 percent funded by Travis County
Funding sources: city of Lakeway, Travis County