The widening project is expected to be completed this fall and the bypass project early next year. (Courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation)
After a delay of about a year, the Texas Department of Transportation is nearing completion on two projects near the intersection RM 2222 and RM 620.
Construction of a new bypass road, which began in late 2019, is expected to be completed early next year, said Brad Wheelis, TxDOT’s public information officer.
The northbound bypass was opened over the summer and the southbound bypass will open in November, weather permitting, he added.
The section from Steiner Ranch Boulevard to the bypass road will add an auxiliary lane to reduce traffic congestion during turns. The project will also include turning lanes, medians and shoulders on the RM 2222 between the new bypass and the RM 620, according to the TxDOT website.
The widening project, which began in late 2018, stretches along RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive and is expected to be completed this fall, Wheelis said. In both directions, the road will be between two and three lanes wide, and it will also add an elevated median across the entire stretch, he added.
The relocation of a public service to the enlargement project caused delays for both projects.
“The enlargement project was delayed by the relocation of public services for about a year. Because the projects are linked to each other, it also delayed the completion of the bypass project, ”Wheelis said.
The bypass project cost $ 10 million and received $ 7.5 million in funding from the City of Austin via the 2016 Mobility Bond. The construction cost of the expansion project is $ 17.2 million. of dollars, according to the TxDOT website.