TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES RM620 improvements project enters Phase 2 alongwith ChisholmTrail Road roundabout
BY MEGAN CARDONA
roundabout at RM 620 and Chisholm Trail beneath the new overpass, according to the TxDOT website. Widening lanes, adding frontage roads, and improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are also detailed in the plans. To maintain access to businesses and residences near the construction, ground-level local access roads are part of the plan, according to the city of Round Rock’s website. Construction for the project cost $27.4 million, funded by TxDOT. Round Rock and Williamson County funded the development of the project, Wheelis said. Williamson County contributed $4 million to the project, Williamson County multimedia specialist Lauren Gammon said. Round Rock contributed $9 million to the project, which includes funds from the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp., according to the city’s nance department. Part of the funds paid for the purchase of the Commons retail facility in anticipation of need- ing additional right of way and the water and wastewater line relocation expenses. In 2018, $931,000 in funds were used for the Stagecoach Inn relocation from 901 RM 620 to 750 Chisholm Trail Road. [on city surveys], and that’s simply because everybody hates being tied up in trac,” Round Rock Director of Transportation Gary Hudder said. In 2017, City Council approved a transportation master plan that revealed $1.2 billion worth of needed road improvements across the city. The city identied several funding sources in 2019, including roadway impact fees and issuing certicates of obligation. This debt diers from general obligation bonds that require voter approval. According to Hudder, the pan- demic did not set the city back in the program as design work was able to proceed on projects. In 2020, the city broke ground on some of the proj- ects, including University Boulevard and Logan Street.
RoundRock invests another $30M in transportation Wheelis said. Community Impact Newspaper previously reported the anticipated completion time to take 28-30 months from the groundbreaking. The project will also add two overpasses; one over Chisholm Trail Road and Lake Creek Drive and a information ocer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Austin division. Work on the Union Pacic overpass is also expected to begin during this phase. While Phase 2 is expected to be complete by February 2022, con- tractors do not always move from phase to phase in a sequenced order, Widening roads, roundabout construction and work on the Union Pacic railroad overpass are all part of Phase 2 of the RM 620 roundabout project near I-35. This is part of a ve-phase project, which began in March 2020, to address the high trac volume and trac congestion on RM 620 from I-35 to Deep Wood Drive. Phase 2, which started in October, includes widening North Lake Creek Drive, constructing portions of the Chisholm Trail Road roundabout and constructing the eastbound main lanes and eastbound frontage roads, according to Brad Wheelis, public
Construction on RM 620 began in 2020 and is expected to be completed by 2022.
The project is currently in Phase 2, which includes the widening of North Lake Creek Drive, construction of portions of the Chisholm Trail Road roundabout and construction of the eastbound main lanes and eastbound frontage roads. Overall, the project will add two overpasses, one over Chisholm Trail and Lake Creek, and a roundabout at RM 620 and Chisholm Trail beneath the new overpass.
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1 New overpass
2 New frontage road
3 New roundabout
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SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Round Rock’s Driving Progress program aims to complete $240 million in transportation projects. On April 22, City Council approved issuing another $30 million in certicates of obligation, or public debt. Projects breaking ground in 2021 1 University Boulevard expansion between A.W. Grimes Boulevard and SH 130 2 Kenney Fort Boulevard extension between Forest Creek Drive and SH 45 N 3 Gattis School Road widening between Via Sonoma trail and Red Bud Lane
BY AMY DENNEY
The city continues to invest in the Driving Progress program that aims to improve capacity on Round Rock roads. On April 22, City Council approved issuing $30 million in certicates of obligation debt for the program, which came out of an eort to address residents’ concerns over trac congestion and to chip away at the city’s list of transportation needs. “Trac congestion and road chal- lenges always score very, very low
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SOURCE: CITY OF ROUND ROCKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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