The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization approved almost $70 million in funding for road improvements and signal work for RM 620 in Lakeway, according to a Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce press release. Approved this May 2018, the funding clears a major hurdle in moving forward with this Texas Department of Transportation project in a busy region near Lake Travis.
Although not beginning until 2022, the improvements include upgrading RM 620 from a four-lane roadway to a six-lane roadway from Oak Grove Boulevard to Texas Highway 71. This portion of the project will cost an estimated $59 million. An additional approximately $10 million will include signal coordination to help network the traffic signals along the route. TxDOT also will contribute about $30 million to the overall project.
According to the release, City of Lakeway officials “were pleased with the outcome that was a result of years of discussions with regional transportation leaders and organizations to seek relief for RM 620 congestion and improved traffic safety.”
Lakeway City Council approved a resolution in April 2018, subject to voter approval, pledging $5 million to TxDOT’s RM 620 improvement project. Lakeway City Manager Steve Jones said, “Our city’s commitment combined with TxDOT and CAMPO funding will get this much-needed road project moving forward.”
“CAMPO staff and the transportation policy board received extensive testimony and comments highlighting the safety and mobility issues in this key corridor,” said CAMPO Executive Director Ashby Johnson.
CAMPO Community Outreach Manager Doise Miers said, “CAMPO’s project selection criteria evaluated a project’s readiness and planning factors such as congestion, mobility, and safety. The projects also went through a cost benefit analysis to evaluate travel time savings, project cost, and safety benefits such as crash reductions.”