AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Transportation will break ground on a new bypass road in northwest Austin Wednesday.
“We really need to do something and we are doing something,” Brad Wheelis, a spokesperson for TxDOT said.
The road will be located about a mile north of Steiner Ranch Boulevard to Ranch to Market Road 2222. It will connect Ranch to Market Road 620 to RM 2222 east of the Four Points area. TxDOT officials said this new road will provide some relief for the busy intersection near Bullick Hollow Road.
“This gets so congested,” Chad Wilson, a commuter in the area said.
TxDOT officials agreed.
“It takes forever to get through that intersection right now. There’s really not a viable option on RM 620 and that’s what we are providing with this bypass road once it is complete,” Wheelis said.
At present, 50,000 drivers make their way through the Four Points intersection every day. That’s up 12,000 drivers in the last five years. At this rate, wait times are expected to increase by 40% to 59% by next year, according to a TxDOT study.
TxDOT officials said the bypass road will help alleviate some of the congestion in the heavily trafficked intersection.
However, Wilson worries about what traffic will look like in the meantime while construction is underway.
“Construction — that’s never fun for traffic. It’s going to be worse,” Wilson said. “Probably by the time it’s done they’re going to need to build a bypass for the bypass.”
The TxDOT and City of Austin project is estimated to cost around $16 million and expected to be completed by spring 2021.
Widening RM 2222
The new bypass road is not the only project TxDOT is working on in the area. TxDOT officials said construction to widen RM 22-22 from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Bonaventure Drive will wrap up next summer.
TxDOT will add an extra lane stretching from Bonaventure Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard heading eastbound. Then for those traveling westbound, an extra lane from Ribelin Ranch Drive to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard will be available.