The existing SH 29 facility usually consists of two 12-foot travel lanes (one in each direction) with variable width paved shoulders and turn lanes at various locations. The right-of-way width varies, but is usually 80 feet and there are intermittent sidewalks between Southwestern Boulevard and east of Northeast Inner Loop. There are three major water crossings within the project limits, which are the San Gabriel River, Smith Branch and Mileham Branch.
The Austin District of TxDOT is conducting a feasibility study on a portion of SH 29 extending from Southwestern Boulevard to SH 95 in Williamson County, Texas.
SH 29 was originally constructed between 1932 and 1934. Since that time, only routine maintenance or operational improvements have been made to the roadway. The existing roadway does not meet current design standards for the volume of traffic it currently carries and the projected traffic volume it would carry in the future. This increase in traffic volumes has also led to an above average crash rate.
The purpose of the project is to accommodate existing and projected traffic volumes and to improve the safety of the existing facility. The proposed project includes upgrading SH 29 to meet current design standards including removing the roadway from the floodplain where feasible, constructing a new roadway in a new location between SH 130 and SH 95, or a combination of the two.
Comments on the project can be submitted electronically at any time; however, to be included in the official record, comments must be submitted between May 10, 2016, through May 20, 2016.
TxDOT Public Engagement Officer
P.O. Box 15426
Austin, TX 78761-5426