AUSTIN (KXAN) — Earlier this year the Texas Department of Transportation proposed widening and adding turn lanes on Ranch to Market 2222 between Sitio del Rio to Ribelin Ranch Drive. Before construction on the road improvements even begins, there’s one major piece of work that needs to get done: moving water and waste lines.
This is a standard procedure in certain construction projects and it’s the first step TxDOT will complete as it moves forward with roadwork on RM 2222. The cost to move all of these lines will be around $5.5 million. City Council has already approved giving TxDOT that money.
Kyle Carvell, a spokesperson for the City of Austin Public Works Department, says drivers should be planning for a portion of RM 2222 in west Austin to be torn up for the construction.
“Timing-wise, it really depends on a number of different factors,” Carvell said. “There’s really no one-size-fits-all. For this particular project, I think we can anticipate the project being done in roughly 8-10 months and the project being done in at least two phases.”
TxDOT officials say there’s a possibility most of the work will call for temporary nighttime lane closures, but exact time for the closures will be determined once the work officially gets underway.
Debbis Schultz drivers through the area daily and she says the work will add to traffic headaches. “During the construction, I think it’ll probably make the commute really, really bad, but in the overall, once it gets done, we’ll have to see how it works.”
The work to move the water lines will likely begin in the fall.