Lakeway's Flint Rock Road project set to conclude this summer

  1. LTW-2017-03-13-1(a)The Texas Department of Transportation completed extended entrance and exit lanes on Loop 360 to improve intersections with Walsh Tarlton Lane, the Barton Creek Square Mall entrance and MoPac. (b) A left-turn lane was also added on the northbound frontage road of MoPac at Loop 360 to create a triple left-turn condition. Paving for the project is being scheduled for spring. February 2016-spring 2017

  2. Approximately 2 miles of Flint Rock Road—between RR 620 at Baylor Scott & White-Lakeway and Serene Hills Drive—will be widened and an asphalt shoulder added. The last of the box culverts are being installed at creek crossings, and driveway and street access is underway. October 2015-July 2017

  3. An estimated $80 million project is under development to widen RR 620 from four lanes to a six-lane, divided roadway stretching from West Hwy. 71 to the Colorado River. August 2023 bid

  4. An $11.8 million project to construct a four-lane urban roadway on Bee Caves Road with a continuous left-turn lane, storm drains and signals, is planned from 1,000 feet west of Buckeye Trail to Walsh Tarlton. Nov. 1, 2016-Sept. 28, 2018

  5. Signal installation on RR 620LTW-2017-03-13-2

    A traffic signal will be installed on RR 620 at Steiner Ranch Boulevard and coordinated with the signal at RR 620 at Comanche Trail.

    Timeline: June
    Cost: $250,000
    Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation

  6. Flashing beacon installation

    A flashing beacon and safety lighting project is being finalized for West Hwy. 71 at Fall Creek Road in the Spicewood area.

    Timeline: July 1, 2016-August 2017
    Cost: $61,220
    Funding sources: TxDOT

  7. Westwood Terrace trenching

    Contractors began trenching to install a water line under Westwood Terrace on
    Jan. 19 as part of the 2015 bond passed
    by Water Control and Improvement
    District 10 voters.
    Timeline: January-June
    Cost: $622,745
    Funding sources: WCID 10, West Lake Hills

  8. North Peak Road improvements
    Traffic-calming measures, including two speed cushions, a new stop sign at Rollingwood Drive and re-striping, were installed on North Peak Road.

    Timeline: Feb. 22
    Cost: $18,000
    Funding sources: West Lake Hills

    How are state speed limits determined?

    Whenever a new road is built in Texas, the entity constructing the roadway is required to reach out to the Texas Transportation Commission to determine the speed limit for the new road, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

    LTW-2017-03-13-3Factors that determine a road’s speed limit include the road’s length and location, transitions from other speed limits, directional differences, trial runs of the roadway and the location of regulatory speed limit signs along the road, according to TxDOT.

    Local governments hold some control over determining speed limits as well. Cities, counties and other government officials work with TxDOT to conduct traffic and engineering studies and pass local speed ordinances, TxDOT Public Information Officer Deidrea George said.

    State Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, recently filed House Bill 1368 to lower the prima facie speed limits on urban district roads in Texas from 30 mph to 25 mph. The prima facie speed limit is the unspoken speed limit on roads with no posted limit.