Contact: Brad Wheelis
Phone: (512) 832-7060
Date: Jan. 16, 2019
AUSTIN – A heavily traveled road in northwest Austin is being widened to help improve mobility and safety. State and local elected officials joined the Texas Department of Transportation today to break ground on the first of two projects to improve traffic flow on RM 2222 and RM 620.
The first project will add a third lane to eastbound RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard and westbound from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard. A center median with turn lanes will also be constructed within the project limits. A second project, expected to go out to bid this summer, will add a bypass lane from near Steiner Ranch to RM 2222.
“Combined, these design elements will reconfigure traffic movements in a more efficient way that reduces the logjam we experience daily,” Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said. “The innovative approach to addressing congestion at this intersection allowed us to deliver these projects much faster, and at a lower cost.”
“Our traffic issues affect our quality of life,” State Representative Vikki Goodwin said. “I am in favor of all transportation options, but roads continue to play an important role.”
The city of Austin teamed with TxDOT to pay for utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition.
“TxDOT is a wonderful partner for our city and our region,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. “I’m proud that the city as a community stepped forward to do what other communities were doing around the state to co-invest in these projects.”
The widening of RM 2222 is expected to be complete by summer 2020, weather permitting. The construction cost is $23.6 million. Capital Excavation Company is the contractor.
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