Projects in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson Counties to advance
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation is moving ahead with multiple projects after the Texas Transportation Commission recently awarded more than $52.5 million in construction and road maintenance contracts for work in the Austin District.
The projects will replace bridges and enhance safety and mobility, as well as improve driving conditions along a number of roads. Work is expected to begin in the coming months.
“A first-class transportation system not only provides a tremendous impact to the immediate communities we serve, but also to the entire state as it improves commerce and mobility while creating jobs,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “We are pleased to see these projects moving forward and look forward to the benefits and opportunities it will create.”
At I-35 and RM 1431 (University Boulevard), a diverging diamond interchange will replace the traditional intersection to help untie traffic delays in the Round Rock area. The innovative intersection will shift traffic to eliminate conflicting left-turn movements, and is expected to enhance safety and significantly reduce delays. The $6.7-million contract went to Capital Excavation Co. of Austin and should begin this fall.
The I-35 frontage roads between Lakeway Drive in Georgetown and the Bell County line will also get a new look. APAC-Texas Inc. will overlay approximately 17 miles of the north and southbound frontage roads under an $8-million contract.
Also in Williamson County, SEMA Construction won a $6.7-million contract to build a new bridge over I-35, at C. Bud Stockton Loop. The crossing is also known as the Corn Hill overpass, and will replace a narrow, two-lane bridge with a six-lane structure that includes sidewalks. In a $1.1-million project, Hunter Industries, Inc. will make pavement repairs and overlay more than three miles of FM 397 between SH 95 and US 79.
In Austin, Loop 275 (South Congress Avenue) will be widened to a four-lane divided roadway between Eberhart Lane and Foremost Drive. The $6.3-million project will increase mobility and safety and match existing four-lane roads on either end of the work area. Dan Williams Company won the contract.
Pavement repairs and overlays will be coming for US 290 and SH 45 in Travis and Hays Counties. APAC-Texas Inc. won a $2.9-million project for repairs and resurfacing to US 290 West between Joe Tanner Road and Manchaca Road, while Ramming Paving Company will perform similar work to SH 45 between Loop 1 and RM 1826 with a $1.3-million contract. In Hays County, US 290 between the Travis County line and Nutty Brown Road will also see resurfacing. Lone Star Paving Co. was awarded a $329,000 contract to complete the job.
Drivers using SH 123 south of San Marcos will see some changes and a better ride. Hunter Industries won two contracts worth a combined $12.2 million to repair and resurface the road between Old Bastrop Highway and the Guadalupe County line, as well as building an overpass at the RM 12 intersection.
In Caldwell County, Angel Brothers Enterprises will install a continuous center-turn lane on SH 80 at FM 20 for about $500,000. A US 77 project in Lee County will see Knife River Corporation repair and seal the road for $1.2 million.
Two projects will improve guardrail and safety at culverts, sign posts and light fixtures in Burnet and Bastrop Counties. Allen Keller Company won a $3.8-million contract for work on almost 20 miles of RM 243 in Burnet County and 3LW Management, Inc. won a $1.1-million contract for improvements on 22 miles of SH 304 in Bastrop County.
“In a state as vast as Texas, it’s imperative to not only have reliable roadways connecting our rural and urban citizens, but also to be diligent in designing and maintaining them with safety in mind,” said Commissioner Fred Underwood, Texas Transportation Commission. “Keeping everyone safe on the road is our first priority. We must do everything we can to get the driving public safely to their destinations and home to their families at the end of the day.”
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