1. FM 1460 expansion
Construction to widen FM 1460 to four lanes from Quail Valley Drive in Georgetown to just north of University Boulevard in Round Rock broke ground Oct. 19. The Texas Department of Transportation will oversee the project’s construction. OHL USA Inc. was selected as the project’s contractor. City of Georgetown voters approved $13 million in bond funds for the project’s construction in the 2008 road bond. The project is expected to enhance safety in the area and reduce congestion, TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna said.
Timeline: October 2015-fall 2017
Cost: $34.7 million
Funding sources: cities of Georgetown and Round Rock, Williamson County, TxDOT and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
2. Second Street rehabilitation
Construction work to improve Second Street from Austin Avenue to College Street is underway. The project also includes sidewalk improvements along that portion of the roadway. Construction crews are completing utility relocations, including water and wastewater improvements. The project is a part of the city’s overall street maintenance program. Second Street between Austin and Main Street is expected to open to traffic in December.
Timeline: July 2015-April 2016
Cost: $1.9 million
Funding sources: city of Georgetown
3. I-35 frontage roads
Williamson County and TxDOT completed the project that adds northbound I-35 frontage road lanes between Hwy. 29 and SE Inner Loop. The project also includes adding a southbound-to-northbound turnaround bridge at Leander Road and noncontiguous sidewalks from SE Inner Loop to Westinghouse Road. Construction also reconfigured entrance and exit ramps between Westinghouse and Hwy. 29. The county and TxDOT hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 26 to celebrate the project’s completion.
Timeline: February 2013-
Cost: $20 million
Funding sources: Williamson County road bond with a pass-through financing agreement with TxDOT
4. Mays Street extension
Design work is underway for a project to extend Mays Street from Teravista Parkway and Bass Pro Drive in Round Rock to the intersection of Westinghouse Road and Rabbit Hill Road. The city of Georgetown project will connect with Williamson County’s plans to extend Mays Street north from Oakmont to Paloma Drive in Round Rock. The county’s 1-mile portion is being designed by contractor LJA. The roadway’s ultimate design is a four-lane roadway. The city of Georgetown portion of the project will include additional turn lanes to and from Westinghouse as well as preliminary layouts for future traffic signals and roadway lighting, according to city documents. Once both sections are completed, Oakmont Drive will be renamed Mays Street to create a continuous roadway from Hesters Crossing in Round Rock to Westinghouse, Georgetown Transportation Engineer Bill Dryden said.
Timeline: Spring 2016-spring 2017
Funding sources: city of Georgetown South Georgetown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and city of Round Rock