Transportation Updates



1. Pfluger Farm LanePfluger Farm Lane

The city completed construction on Pfluger Farm Lane in March. The two-lane roadway is a north-south connector from Pflugerville Parkway to Town Center Drive, and the finished project features include a bridge, center turn lane, a 10-foot multiuse path, utility improvements and street lighting.
Status: complete
Timeline: August 2015-March 31, 2016
Cost: $4 million
Funding sources: city of Pflugerville certificates of obligation

2. Creek Bend Boulevard

The project will extend the existing four-lane, divided roadway over Brushy Creek and Hairy Man Road to connect with Brightwater Boulevard at Wyoming Springs Drive. It will include raised medians, sidewalks and bicycle accommodations. Round Rock officials state the extension will provide a north-south connection over Brushy Creek and reduce reliance on I-35 for motorists on the west side of the city.

Status: Work on the bridge over Bushy Creek and Hairy Man Road as well as portions of the road continue without delay as of April.
Timeline: April 2015-late 2016
Cost: $8.1 million
Funding sources: city of Round Rock

3. Heatherwilde Boulevard widening

This project provides for reconstruction and widening of the existing two-lane road into a four-lane, divided roadway with raised medians, turn lanes, drainage improvements, pedestrian facilities and a traffic signal at Kingston Lacy Boulevard. Also included in the project is installation of new wastewater infrastructure and landscaping.
Status: The traffic light installation at Kingston Lacy and Heatherwilde is complete as of April. City officials anticipate roadway closures at Great Basin Avenue and Wilke Ridge Lane for a concrete pour in early May.
Timeline: February 2016-mid-2017
Cost: $6.7 million
Funding sources: 2014 Pflugerville bond package

4. Downtown improvementsDowntown improvements

This project is widening Mays Street from the railroad bridge south of downtown to the Brushy Creek bridge. It also realigned Main Street at its intersection with Mays. The project will also focus on road improvements such as a new center left-turn lane on Mays in downtown. Round Rock Avenue is now permanently closed between Blair Street and Mays. The stated goal of the project is to make the downtown area more pedestrian-friendly and destination-oriented. Crews are also installing trees, lighting and gateway features at the bridges over Brushy Creek and the railroad tracks.
Status: The roundabout is functional for northbound and southbound traffic, and Liberty Avenue between Blair Street and Round Rock Avenue is closed for underground work. Sidewalk construction on the east side of Mays continues.
Timeline: March 2015-March 2017
Cost: $13.2 million
Funding sources: city of Round Rock, federal grant funds

5. FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard

This project will enhance the intersections of FM 3406/Old Settlers Boulevard at Sam Bass Road and Oak Hollow and Bent Tree drives with left-turn lanes on FM 3406 in an attempt to improve safety and traffic flow. FM 3406 will also receive a right-turn lane at the Plantation Drive and Sam Bass intersections. Five-foot shoulders will also be added throughout the project. A pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and a sidewalk will also be constructed on the north side of
FM 3406.
Status: Crews are working on retaining walls in May and June. The railing on the pedestrian bridge and sidewalk will installed in May.
Timeline: August 2015-summer 2016
Cost: $4.7 million
Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, city of Round Rock

6. FM 685FM 685

The project is a major overhaul of FM 685 in Hutto between SH 130 and Hwy. 79. The road will be widened to accommodate shoulders, left-turn lanes and a median from Hwy. 79 to Riverwalk Drive. Two new bridges 12 feet higher than the current bridges will be built over Brushy Creek to reduce flooding of the roadway. The work is intended to improve traffic flow and safety.
Status: Northbound and southbound lanes on Ed Schmidt Boulevard/FM 685 are getting some temporary changes during construction in Hutto.
The reassigned lane changes are intended to ease traffic tie-ups where Hwy. 79 intersects FM 685, which is known as Ed Schmidt Boulevard north of Hwy. 79.
Southbound traffic on Ed Schmidt must turn right only from the right lane. Southbound traffic in the left lane traffic can proceed straight onto FM 685 or turn left onto Hwy. 79.
For northbound traffic on FM 685, both lanes will remain open to through traffic. Drivers can choose to continue straight onto Ed Schmidt or make appropriate left or right turns to reach the west and eastbound lanes of Hwy. 79.
Timeline: October 2014-fall 2016
Cost: $11 million
Funding sources: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, city of Hutto, TxDOT