Project to provide interim solution to congestion while Oak Hill Parkway environmental study continues
AUSTIN — Work is scheduled to begin on the second US 290 intersection project in the Oak Hill area on Monday, September 30, weather permitting. These short-term improvements are designed to reduce congestion, improve mobility and enhance safety in the project area.
The Texas Department of Transportation will construct continuous flow intersections between State Highway 71 and Joe Tanner Lane. Construction is anticipated to last until spring 2015. The estimated construction cost is $6.5 million and the project contractor is CF Jordan Construction, of El Paso.
Anyone who commutes or has traveled on US 290 in the Oak Hill area knows there has been tremendous traffic growth leading to heavy congestion. Traffic models show these intersection improvements will improve travel times 30-50 percent. The US 290 projects will provide an interim solution to congestion while the Oak Hill Parkway environmental study continues and a long-term solution can be implemented.
Earlier this summer, crews began constructing turn lanes on US 290 between Convict Hill and Ranch-to-Market 1826. These improvements include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, increasing safety for these users and for motorists.
The intersection improvements will widen US 290. As a result, some trees will be removed to allow for widening the road in order to provide a “clear zone” along the road for the protection of motorists traveling through the area. TxDOT is working with the city of Austin arborist to preserve as many trees as possible in the project area. Many of the trees are being avoided and will have tree protection placed around them during construction. After construction, a barrier fence or guard rail will be placed around the trees to protect them and motorists alike.
Motorists are urged to use caution in the work zone and pay careful attention to directional signs about lanes shifts, lanes closures and other construction-related activities.
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