Contact: Brad Wheelis
Phone: (512) 832-7060
Date: Sept. 18, 2019
Austin — The Texas Department of Transportation was joined by officials from Travis County and the City of Austin to cut the ribbon on the FM 969 Improvements project. The roadway was widened to include a continuous center-turn lane, new signals at Decker Lane, Imperial Drive, Blue Bluff Road and FM 973, as well as a sidewalk through the project limits.
“This project provides some much-needed improvements for the people who drive this stretch of roadway in east Austin daily,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson. “The new center-turn lane will improve both mobility and safety along FM 969.”
The $6.6 million project was funded by a pass-through financing agreement with Travis County and the City of Austin.
“Because a lot of families are moving back out here, it’s important that we widen our roads and we make it safe for them,” said Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion. “The most important thing is that we partner together. As we look forward to our fiscal reality, there will be times were the city, county and state have to work hand in hand to ensure the quality of life.”
The city of Austin installed a 16-inch waterline and storm sewer improvements within the project limits.
“Some of the big challenges in the city and region are transportation and mobility,” said City of Austin Corridor Mobility Program Director Mike Trimble. “That’s why partnerships like this one are so important. The City of Austin has made a major investment in transportation improvements and we look forward to continuing our partnerships.”
Aaron Concrete was the contractor for the project.
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