Large portion of FM 685 expected to open in September

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HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — FM 685 from U.S. 79 to SH 130 is getting a major overhaul. The $11 million project includes widening FM 685 by adding a median, turn lanes and wider shoulders.

“I think once it’s done, once they got all the lanes open, traffic is going to flow like it should — like they intended it to,” said Jay Alvarez, who lives in a subdivision behind FM 685.

Under another part of the project, crews will get rid of the current bridge and build two separate, taller bridges to prevent flooding on the road. When it pours, water from Brushy Creek creeps onto the road in Hutto.

“Since we’ve been here, I believe they’ve had to actually close [the bridge] down twice [because of flooding],” explains Alvarez.

The northbound bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes as will the southbound bridge, which will also have a left-turn lane to access Riverwalk Drive. Each bridge will have a four-foot inside shoulder, 10-foot outside shoulder and six-foot sidewalk.

“The end result is going to be great,” says Alvarez.

Currently, most of the traffic on FM 685, south of U.S. 79, is diverted to the southbound lanes. Northbound lanes from Carl Stern Boulevard to U.S. 79 has reopened to traffic.

Work on the northbound bridge is expected to begin next week, with a large chunk of the roads reopening in September and the entire project wrapping up in November.

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