HD 47 Transportation Update

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 @ 12:49PM

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Ranch-to-Market Road 620

Due to significant population growth, the 19-mile RM 620 corridor from the northern terminus at US Highway 183 to the southern terminus at State Highway 71 in Bee Cave has become congested and is increasingly less safe. Along with long-term improvements, there will be short-term and mid-term improvement to ease the incredible congestion. The Final Feasibility Report is scheduled to be released by TxDOT by the end of 2016.

The “cut-through” road that will connect RM 620 and RM 2222 by creating a bypass on the southwest side of the intersection will be key to helping move traffic.  The environmental study of the “cut-through”/bypass is underway and is to be finalized summer 2017.  The right of way must still be purchased for this project.  The design will follow the environmental approval and right of way purchases. The City of Austin’s recently passed road bond package includes $6 million for this project.

TxDOT is working with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to allocate funding from the recently passed Austin Mobility Bond tat includes projects on RM 620 at Anderson Mill Road and at RM 2222.

For more information, please visit the links below:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/rm620.html
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/aus/rm620/fact-sheet-update.pdf

The Y at Oak Hill

Significant population growth has caused heavy congestion at the intersections of State Highway 71 at US Highway 290, SH 71/US 290 at William Cannon Drive, and US 290 at RM 1826. Short-term improvements have gone a long way in improving traffic flow.

The Oak Hill Parkway project (the long-term solution) includes improvements to the intersections of State Highway 71 at US Highway 290 and SH 71/US 290 at William Cannon Drive that will relieve congestion, improve mobility, and increase safety. The environmental study for this project is expected to be released by the end of 2017.

For more information, please visit the links below:
http://www.oakhillparkway.com/
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/us290-intersections.html
http://www.oakhillparkway.com/about/improvements.php

Highway 71

Local community leaders, including me, are working hard to find the money for a five lane section for Highway 71 from the river to the Travis County line.

State Highway 45 Southwest

After great effort by local leaders, especially Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, SH 45 SW is finally becoming  a reality. Clearing of the roadway area while protecting vegetation, landscape, and water quality is ongoing. The roadway design for this four-lane toll road between MoPac and FM 1626 includes significant water quality protection measures. Construction of the physical roadway is slated to begin shortly after the new year (2017). Motorists will be able to access the new SH 45 SW at FM 1626, Bliss Spillar Road, MoPac, and SH 45 west of MoPac.

For more information, please visit this link: http://www.sh45sw.com/

Interstate Highway 35

Due to very significant growth in the greater Austin area, IH 35 ranks in the top 5 most congested roadways in the United States. For information on the suggested improvements to IH 35, please visit this link: http://www.my35.org/capital/projects/default.htm

Loop 360 / Capital of Texas Highway

The Loop 360 Study Final Report was released in October 2016.

The includes grade-separated intersections at the major intersections.  The overpasses/underpasses will be constructed in stages as a way that limits congestion due to construction. Improvements to the 14.5 mile corridor will be from MoPac in the north to US 290/SH 71 in the south. It will eventually be a true thoroughfare and commuter route.

Generally, the plan outlined in the Final Report calls for short term relief in the next 1-4 years, mid-term relief in 5-10 years, and long-term relief taking more than 10 years. In November 2016, voters in Austin approved a bond package that included $46 million for Loop 360.

For more information, please visit the links below:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/loop-360.html
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/aus/sl_360/final-report.pdf

Countywide Transportation Plan

Travis County is developing its first countywide transportation plan designed to meet the needs of residents in unincorporated areas, including Steiner Ranch, Hudson Bend, and Spicewood. The plan is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Originally posted December 2016
Updated January 2017

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