RM 2222/RM 620 BYPASS PROJECTS
RM 2222/RM 620 BYPASS PROJECTS
TxDOT and the city of Austin recently broke ground on the first of two projects along RM 2222/RM 620. Thanks to all who attended and helped up celebrate the start of this much-needed project. You may have some questions about what we are doing and we’re here to provide some answers.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECTS?
These improvements are an interim solution to a major intersection problem. The purpose of these projects is to reduce congestion at the RM 2222/620 intersection by widening RM 2222 and building a bypass lane from near Steiner Ranch to RM 2222. The bypass will run parallel to the LCRA electrical transmission lines. This will move a lot of traffic from the existing intersection to the east, allowing more free-flowing traffic on RM 620. The project to construct the bypass will go out to bid later this year and is expected to take roughly 18 months to complete.
WHAT’S BEING DONE NOW?
The first project will widen RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive. A third travel lane will be added from eastbound Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard and westbound from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard. Safety will be improved by restricting turning movements with the installation of a raised-center median with turn lanes within the project limits.
WHY ISN’T RM 2222 EXPANDING TO SIX LANES?
In order to expedite the design, environmental clearance, right-of-way acquisition and construction, road widening was limited to the connection of key points. The additional westbound lane from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard is designed to help alleviate congestion at McNeil Drive – the primary entrance and exit for local school traffic. The additional eastbound lane from Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard will help traffic flow from the bypass, once it’s built. Eastbound, there will be two left-turn lanes onto McNeil to relieve congestion related to school traffic.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION
Crews have placed barricades for the work zone and the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph for the duration of construction from just west of Bonaventure Drive to east of Ribelin Ranch Drive, in both directions. Any lane closures for utility relocations will occur outside peak travel times, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. As construction progresses, additional closures will be necessary. Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2020.
ARE THERE FUTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS?
An ongoing study of long-term RM 620 improvements is due in early 2020 and will look at RM 620 from the Colorado River to US 183, including the RM 2222/RM 620 intersection.
More about the RM 2222/RM 620 Bypass projects can be found online at:https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/rm620/rm-620-rm-2222.html.
Throughout construction, we will be sending out email alerts for lane closures and other important project information. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the project team. If you know anyone who would like to sign up for the email updates, have them send an email to FourPointsImprovements@txdot.gov and write “updates” in the subject line.
RM 2222/RM 620 Project Team