Contact: Diann Hodges
Phone: (512) 832-7027
Date: Oct. 6, 2020
GEORGETOWN – The Texas Department of Transportation was joined by the Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, U.S. Rep. John Carter and Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross to celebrate a virtual groundbreaking for the I-35 at Williams Drive project in Williamson County.
“Today, I am happy to announce we are beginning construction on a new innovative intersection in Williamson County,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson. “This project will enhance safety and mobility by reconstructing the I-35 at Williams Drive interchange, building bypass lanes and constructing frontage road improvements.”
The I-35 at Williams Drive project includes the construction of a new Williams Drive bridge over I-35 to accommodate a diverging diamond intersection (DDI), northbound and southbound intersection bypass lanes under the Williams Drive bridge, extension of the northbound I-35 frontage road, and improvements to the existing southbound I-35 frontage road and the Austin Avenue intersection at Williams Drive.
“The improvements that we are making today reflect Governor Greg Abbott’s commitment to clear the choke points throughout the state of Texas,” said Chairman Bugg. “This is an important project that will enhance safety and mobility in Williamson County.”
A DDI is an innovative intersection design that improves safety by briefly placing opposing left-turning traffic on the opposite side of the road, reducing potential conflicts at intersections. It also allows traffic to travel more efficiently through the intersection.
“The population growth in the City of Georgetown has been at Williams Drive,” said Rep. Carter. “I’m excited about the improvements that TxDOT is planning to make.”
With approximately 138,000 vehicles traveling on this segment of I-35 each day, this project will reduce the backups on the frontage roads and cross streets.
“I-35 is a key part of Georgetown’s transportation infrastructure,” said Mayor Dale Ross. “A lot of us use it and know how backed up it can get. I can’t wait for the new, safer and quicker drive.”
This $61.7 million project is funded by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and TxDOT. The contractor for the project is J.D. Abrams L.P.