Busy Austin Highways Set to Expand $674 Million


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A long-awaited project to ease traffic on one of Texas’s busiest roads has begun, with the foundation stone being laid for the $674 million Oak Hill Parkway project on $290 in Austin. The Oak Hill community has been in business for more than 30 years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The area reached its congestion capacity in 1995, and traffic continued to grow. TxDOT says the road has deteriorated and needs updating and expansion to handle current and future traffic, and the project consists of adding major lanes and front road lanes in each direction. New flyovers will be built between US 290 and SH 71, as well as new intersections along US 290. Along SH 71, the bridge’s ramps will extend beyond Scenic Brook Drive where major lanes will transition to a five-lane highway with turns Back to Local Access, according to TxDOT, fourteen miles of walking and biking trails will be built, landscaping will be added, and a map of the Oak Hill Parkway project, a major construction at the Texas Department of Transportation is slated for later this year, due for completion from project in 2026. TxDOT says it is taking an “outside-in” approach to construction, where the facade walkways will be built before the main walkways. The agency says its goal is to keep as many lanes open as possible during the project. Colorado River Constructors, a partnership between Flor Enterprises and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, was selected in August as the design-build contractor. To see a 3D animation of the future of Oak Hill Parkway, see below:


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