TRANS­PORTA­TION Un­der con­struc­tion

Around Cen­tral Texas, crews busy on sev­eral road projects

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

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this, the 10th year for this turn-of-the-cal­en­dar fea­ture in Get­ting There, up­dat­ing Cen­tral Texas road con­struc­tion this time was an ex­er­cise in de­cid­ing what to leave out.

With the city of Austin spend­ing money from two trans­porta­tion bond elec­tions — in­clud­ing on a first-in-thearea board­walk on Lady Bird Lake — Wil­liamson County busy with sev­eral projects, the Cen­tral Texas Re­gional Mo­bil­ity Author­ity build­ing yet an­other toll­way and the Texas De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion still busy spend­ing bil­lions of bor­rowed money, bar­rels and bar­ri­cades are as com­mon as ar­madil­los around here.

Down­town Austin is a par­tic­u­lar hive of ac­tiv­ity, with four streets be­ing re­con­structed, and nar­rowed in some cases, un­der the city’s pedes­tri­an­friendly “great streets” pro­gram.

TxDOT, mean­while, con­tin­ues on its mul­ti­year and mul­ti­pro­ject task of wi­den­ing Austin’s two main Hill County gate­ways, Texas 71 and U.S. 290, to five lanes.

Two ad­di­tional TxDOT projects re­main idle for the time be­ing.

The agency is look­ing for new con­trac­tors to take over the O’Connor Drive/Texas 45 North and Lake­way Drive/ In­ter­state 35 projects af­ter the pre­vi­ous con­trac­tor went bank­rupt and left the jobs in early De­cem­ber.

What fol­lows is a quick look at the largest of the area’s roads and streets un­der con­struc­tion.

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