Transportation News

October 18, 2019



2019-10-11_Lakeway Steering Committee Open House Notice

July 31, 2019


On July 29, City Council voted unanimously to approve a proposal from Huitt-Zollars to perform a transportation study for the City of Lakeway. This is the first transportation study of its kind for the City. The study will help identify short and long-term multi-modal improvements to Lakeway's transportation infrastructure. This will be a study outside of the project currently in the works with TxDOT related to RM 620 improvements slated to begin in 2022. 


A Transportation Steering Committee, which was approved by City Council in mid-July, will help guide projects outlined in the study, along with input from citizens and City staff. The project will focus on several local roads and pathways, which could lead to relieving congestion and travel time from the main thoroughfares of RM 620 and Highway 71. The proposed project list includes streets throughout Lakeway that currently are not pass-through, like Main Street & Lohmans Spur, along with finding better connectivity solutions and road improvements to the East side of the City. The study will also seek public input by the end of the year before the final report is sent to the City in early 2020. At that point, projects could be attached to a Mobility Bond, which would go before the voters in May. 

 

Estimated cost for the study is $127,950. It will be billed based on tasks completed. Traffic and turning movement counts will be paid separately on an as needed basis for each corridor, not to exceed $25,000 total. In City Council's vote to approve the study Monday night, Councilmembers agreed to also place a 10% not-to-exceed cap in the overall cost. 


According to the draft version of the proposal, Huitt-Zollars identified the following projects to include in the study:

  • Serene Hills from Flintrock to Lakeway Blvd
  • Flintrock from dead-end to Bee Creek (or extension of Flintrock to Bee Creek Rd.)
  • Main Street between 620 & Lohmans
  • Lohmans Spur from Lohmans to Main Street
  • Medical Drive from Birrell to Lohmans
  • Clubhouse to Clara Van connection
  • Clara Van to Meadowlark connection
  • Farris Drive from Gebron to Meadowlark
  • O-Reilly & Pyramid between the two schools
  • North to South running Shared Use Path
  • Additional sidewalk gaps within the City 

The study will kick off in August 2019. The following are the six tasks outlined in the Huitt-Zollars proposal, including draft timelines for each:


Task 1: Project Identification - Aug. 1, 2019 to Oct. 2, 2019

Task 2: Develop Project Cost Estimates - Sept. 12, 2019 to Nov. 13, 2019

Task 3: Solicit Public Input on Candidate Projects - Sept. 5, 2019 to Nov. 15, 2019

Task 4: Evaluate Candidate Projects - Sept. 5, 2019 to Nov. 15, 2019

Task 5: Master Project Development and Implementation Schedule - Nov. 4, 2019 to Nov. 29, 2019

Task 6: Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program Report - Dec. 16, 2019 to Feb. 3, 2020

December 17, 2018


Addressing the future of transportation in Lakeway requires a collaborative effort as the major roads that course through the city are operated and funded by state agencies.


Lakeway City Council hosted a transportation work session Dec. 17 with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to get updates on the status of road improvement projects and funding.


At the session, councilmembers heard presentations on TxDOT’s RM 620 widening plan and safety improvements, internal road connectivity and financial options, and CAMPO’s arterial study.


Lakeway City Council is focusing its transportation initiatives on:

  • Near-term Goals – Safety & Connectivity
  • Medium-term Goals – RM 620 Widening Project
  • Long-term Goals – 2045 CAMPO TIP
VIDEO - Transportation Work Session - Dec. 17, 2018

Near-term Goals


RM 620 Safety Improvements

Ranch-to-Market 620 in Lakeway is lined with side streets and business driveways, resulting in frequent unprotected left turns on the roadway to enter and exit the center turn lane that increase the likelihood of collisions due to the high number of conflict points.


Currently, a median exists on RM 620 between the intersections of Lohmans Spur and Lohmans Crossing/Ameno Drive..


TxDOT is modeling median extensions in order to improve roadway safety by reducing unprotected left turns and creating right-in, right-out turning only.




RM 620 Median


No-Build vs. Build*
RM 620 IntersectionsNo-Build Delay - AM
(seconds/vehicle)
Build Delay - AM
(seconds/vehicle)
No-Build Delay - PM
(seconds/vehicle)
Build Delay - PM
(seconds/vehicle)
Lakeway BoulevardC (29.9)D (35.0)C (27.6)C (30.5)
Dave DriveA (8.5)A (8.3)A (7.5)A (8.3)
Main St./Glen HeatherB (17.7)B (19.7)C (20.3)C (23.3)
Lohmans CrossingC (25.5)C (27.2)D (39.7)D (44.3)
* Based on April 2017 results from RM 620 Signal Re-Timing Project


Flint Rock Road restriping

Flint Rock Road lanes at the RM 620 intersection will be repainted to left-only, left-forward-right, and right-only. TxDOT expects modifications to the striping, signs and traffic signal to be complete by mid-February 2019.


RM 620 at Lohman's Crossing

Lakeway City Council has asked TxDOT to review the temporary lane on RM 620 southbound just north of Lohmans Crossing. They would like to consider turning it into a right-turn only lane at the intersection and then convert it to a temporary lane south of the intersection. TxDOT is studying the city's request.

Medium-term Goals


RM 620 Widening Project

TxDOT, which maintains and operates RM 620, plans to widen the state road from four lanes to six lanes by adding two lanes - one northbound and one southbound - from SH 71 to Hudson Bend Road.

Consulting firm Rodriguez Transportation Group (RTG) is scheduled to present a preliminary concept schematic to TxDOT on Jan. 4, 2019.

TxDOT would then meet with representatives from the cities of Lakeway and Bee Cave before hosting a second open house either March 5 or March 7, 2019, in Bee Cave.

The project timeline calls for RTG to present a draft environmental assessment in October 2019 with a final enviromental assessment provided in March 2020.

The letting process for this improvement project would begin in late 2022 with completion scheduled for September 2024.

According to TxDOT data, RM 620 from RM 2222 at Four Points to SH 71 in Bee Cave ranks as the 291st most-congested road section out of 1,830 ranked sections in Texas in 2018.

The 12.84-mile stretch of state road experienced an annual delay per mile (person-hours) of 93,848.


RM 620 Projects

Long-term Goals


CAMPO 2045 Regional Transportation Plan

Development of CAMPO’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan is underway and is using a comprehensive, detailed multimodal transportation planning process for CAMPO’s six-county region.


Recommendations from plans completed through the planning program will be used in CAMPO’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, and certain projects may be eligible for future CAMPO-allocated Federal funding.


Planning elements include:

Multimodal and Mixed-Use – Create connections to housing, jobs, and services through dynamic mixed-use environments, well-connected street grids, high-quality transit options, and safe and useful pedestrian/bicycle accommodations.


Housing – Develop an appropriate mix of housing types and price points that provide living options to accommodate a variety of incomes, abilities, and familial types.


Environment – Create a healthy environment that proactively protects and enhances air, water, land, and people.


Economic Development – Promote the economic competitiveness of the study area to yield positive impacts on the local tax base, high-quality jobs, and community services.


Equity – Create positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes for all residents and stakeholders in the study areas while minimizing adverse impacts.


CAMPO's board of directors will take action on this plan in May 2020.


As part of the 2045 plan, CAMPO is developing a Regional Arterials Plan to provide mobility choices that are safe, convenient, reliable, and efficient. Arterials are roadways that connect to freeways, local streets, and destinations. The plan will build on local planning efforts and take a regional focus on these roadways that serve as major corridors and a vital role in connecting people and places.


CAMPO Executive Director Ashby Johnson said he sees the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) as an organization with the potential to construct operate bridges and ferries over Lake Travis.


In spring 2019, CAMPO will conduct additional public outreach on the Arterials Plan to gather more feedback. In January 2019, CAMPO will begin work on its Regional Transit Plan.


City Council and CAMPO officials also discussed the Capital Area Rural Transportation System and Chariot programs as programs that could provide some relief of traffic congestion in the Lakeway area.


CAMPO also will launch its 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and issue a call for transportation projects that would receive a portion of $250 million to $300 million in federal transportation funding.


CAMPO Presentation -  Council Work Session - Dec. 17, 2018