TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Ocials OK contract to update city's transportation master plan
COMPILED BY BROOKE SJOBERG
RETHINKING THE ROADS A revision to the Transportation Master Plan in Round Rock includes studies on two large thoroughfares in need of improvements: McNeil and Sam Bass roads.
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A plan to update several major thoroughfares in Round Rock moved a step further this summer. Round Rock ocials approved a $574,000 engineering contract with Kimley-Horn for engineering services of the city’s Transportation Master Plan update during a July 28 meeting. The Round Rock Transportation Master Plan, last updated in 2017, provides a roadmap as the city plans for growth, determining the needs of current and future residents in terms of vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle trac. Once revised, the plan will include an updated capital improvement
every ve years. Studies of McNeil and Sam Bass roads will also be conducted as part of the update. Both are considered right-of-way-constrained roadways, meaning that there is little room to expand the existing roadway. City documents state more detailed devel- opment concepts are necessary to make improvements to the roadways, and those applications can be used on other streets with similar constraints. Round Rock Transportation Direc- tor Gary Hudder said transportation master plans are typically updated every ve to 10 years.
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Kenney Fort Boulevard upgrades Round Rock ocials approved a funding increase for construction of Kenney Fort Boulevard Segments 2 and 3 on July 28. The increase will pay for added culvert parts, sprinkler system repairs, a striping adjustment and an additional month of barri- cades. The $89,000 increase brings the total to $25,243,268.04, up from $25,154,363.65. Timeline: January 2022-spring 2023 Cost: $25.24 million Funding source: city of Round Rock
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plan, which will serve as the basis for the city’s roadway impact fee pro- gram that is required to be updated Interlocal agreement extended for ACC Round Rock bus stop Round Rock City Council voted The contract will be paid through the city’s Transportation and Eco- nomic Development Corp. Timeline: July-TBD Cost: $574,000 Funding source: city of Round Rock 1460
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South Mays gateway improvements Round Rock city sta conrmed Aug. 8 that a project to upgrade portions of Mays Street is on track to be complete by late 2022. Work began in April and includes adding walls and screening to conceal dumpsters and utilities, new signage
Once the transit plan is nalized, some routes may see signicant changes, although the ocial update to the master plan has not yet been released, Hudder said. The city of Round Rock extended its contract with Capital Metro through Sept. 30, 2022, at a Septem- ber 2021 council meeting to cover rider fare revenue shortfalls driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension raised the total cost by $388,201 from $4,858,242 to $5,246,443 to cover the $186,261 in fare box revenue shortfall, as well as the $201,940 cost of running the buses for an additional two months.
July 28 to extend an interlocal agree- ment with Austin Community College to continue use of a Capital Metro bus stop owned by the city and located on the ACC Round Rock campus. According to city documents, the terms of the extension will remain the same until new route changes are implemented Jan. 6, when the stop will be relocated o campus. The move comes as the city updates its Transit Master Plan, which is in the engineering stage, according to a July 28 presentation from Transportation Department Director Gary Hudder.
and a new lighting system. Timeline: April-late 2022 Cost: $2.52 million Funding source: Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp.
The agreement is underwritten through the city’s general fund. The city has contracted with Capital Metro since 2017 to provide public transportation to its residents, both locally and between Round Rock and Austin.
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF AUG. 22. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT RRKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.
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