AUSTIN — Today, Williamson County officials joined the Texas Department of Transportation as they proudly hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the O’Connor Drive extension and State Highway 45 interchange in Round Rock.
“This important mobility project has been years in the making, so the opening of the O’Connor extension and SH 45 interchange is greatly celebrated by the driving public in the area. It will provide a quicker commute for many citizens and also relieve congestion on several nearby roads,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman. “The completion of this project goes to show that even though a task is not easy, and challenges crop up, it can be accomplished when we all work together for the benefit of the residents.”
Work on the $25 million project included construction of an overpass at O’Connor Drive, frontage roads west of the Loop 1 and SH 45 interchange, from McNeil Road to O’Connor Drive, and entrance and exit ramps to access both SH 45 Toll and Loop 1 Toll. Zachry Construction Corporation is the contractor.
Along with the new SH 45 interchange, Williamson County also designed and constructed a 1.4-mile, four-lane divided roadway from RM 620 to SH 45, including a bridge structure spanning Lake Creek. The contractor for the $6 million O’Connor Drive extension was Dan Williams Company.
“Williamson County was our partner throughout the O’Connor Drive extension and SH 45 interchange project and it is an excellent example of the progress that can be made through solid relationships,” said Greg Malatek, TxDOT Austin District Engineer. “This is a vital link between RM 620 and SH 45 we are happy to celebrate the completion of this safety and mobility project with our local partners and the citizens who drive on these roadways every day.”
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