Sound Barrier and New Turn-Lane Projects Lead Mobility, Safety Contracts

Contact: Brad Wheelis

Phone: (512) 832-7060

Date: June 4, 2018

AUSTIN – Sound reduction and new turn lanes to improve mobility are on the horizon in the Austin District, following action last week by the Texas Transportation Commission.

Some residents of Round Rock will soon get a buffer from traffic, following the construction of a sound wall on RM 1431, between Sam Bass Road and Royal Vista Boulevard. During the expansion of RM 1431 from four to six lanes, noise levels were re-evaluated, determining the stretch of roadway was eligible for a sound barrier. The three-month project is expected to start in summer 2018 at a cost of $829,475. The contractor is SB Contractors LLC.

Mobility and safety enhancements are on the way for FM 973. New right- and left-turn lanes will be added just north of the Colorado River. The turn lanes were requested by the developer of Prado Ranch, which is funding the $339,644 project. The turn lanes will improve through traffic along FM 973. Construction is expected to start by early July and should be complete within two months. The contractor is Denbow Company Inc.

Safety is the focus of the bridge-widening project on SH 95, about three miles south of Granger. The bridge will be widened to include shoulders, providing a buffer between traffic and the bridge rail. Dan Williams Company won the $330,317 project, which is expected to take about six months to complete. The same company will make repairs on the San Gabriel River bridge on SH 95. The $1.4 million project rehabilitates the bridge deck in the middle lanes. The bridge will also be repainted during the four-month project. Both projects are expected to start in summer 2018.  

Preventive maintenance is important to keep Texas infrastructure in good shape. Repaving and repair work is slated for FM 1660 from US 79 to SH 29. The project includes leveling the highway where portions have settled over the years. Construction should begin in summer 2018 and is expected to be complete in about four months. Oldcastle Materials Texas Inc. was awarded the $2.38 million project.

Other projects approved by the Texas Transportation Commission include the repaving of FM 141 from US 290 in Giddings to SH 21, and US 87 from RM 2242 to the Mason County line. Lone Star Paving Company won the $1.2 million and $2.98 million projects, respectively.


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