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Old 10-08-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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Hi,
I'm trying to find out upcoming / planned roads (main cut-through roads) in
Austin/RR region. Its kind of pain going on 620 rural road from Parmer west.

Anybody have more information? Where can I get such info?

thanks!
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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You kidding? Those ARE the new roads

It wasn't that long ago that 620 over by Parmer was a small road with lights everywhere. Now it's the 45 toll road. Anderson Mill Rd. used to end before hitting Parmer, so you couldn't get from 183 to Parmer on it. It's way better now!
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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My only complaint about 620 is the lack of a ramp going from the west portion of 620 to 183 S. It's the same problem with southbound MoPac to northbound 183.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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There are rumors of extending O'Connor past 620 to join 45(others say Great Oaks will be entended but that seems less feasible). Another thread mentioned the 'approval' of the extension but no map or details were shown...also no time-line. I'm not crazy about 620 east of Parmer so I use the 45 toll, depending on where I'm headed. I'm glad the 45 toll got finished before we moved here!
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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seems like lately the only new roads are toll rods
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi, I've come across some information for new road construction in Williamson County here:

Williamson County Road Bond Program

The site contains a section on reports, detailing the status of each project. For example, for the O'Connor extension mentioned in the thread, there is a public hearing on the environmental impact planned for Jan 2010, environmental approval projected for March 2010, construction to start May 2010 and finish Dec 2011. The O'Connor Overpass (which connects the extension to SH-45) is scheduled to be completed by May 2012. These dates change monthly when the new reports come out (they often slip to later dates).

AFAIK, the O'Connor extension was funded with Williamson county bonds that were issued 10 years ago and has been held up due to environmental impact on the area. The overpass will be funded by TxDOT.

And, by the way, RR 620 or RM 620 refers to "ranch" road or "ranch to market" road 620, not rural road. In fact, its official designation is now UR 620 -- urban road.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Hi, I've come across some information for new road construction in Williamson County here:

Williamson County Road Bond Program

The site contains a section on reports, detailing the status of each project. For example, for the O'Connor extension mentioned in the thread, there is a public hearing on the environmental impact planned for Jan 2010,.
Thanks for the link. I'm glad I don't have to deal with the construction. It will be interesting to see how the area changes over the next 3 years.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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austinizer - thanks for the link and "RR620" information. I'm surprised to see boards even saying RM620 someplaces.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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10scoachrick, since you asked about Great Oaks extension etc. earlier, here is some additional information from the Community Impact Newspaper:

http://impactnews.com/round-rock-pflugerville/inside-information/3811-oconnor-and-great-oaks-drives-round-rock (broken link)

Essentially, O'Connor will bend towards the right and intersect Great Oaks behind the Highland Horizon neighborhood, and then continue towards SH-45 (before the Mopac ramp I assume/hope). So both Great Oaks and O'Connor would provide access to SH-45.

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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10scoachrick, since you asked about Great Oaks extension etc. earlier, here is some additional information from the Community Impact Newspaper:

O’Connor and Great Oaks drives Round Rock (http://impactnews.com/round-rock-pflugerville/inside-information/3811-oconnor-and-great-oaks-drives-round-rock - broken link)

Essentially, O'Connor will bend towards the right and intersect Great Oaks behind the Highland Horizon neighborhood, and then continue towards SH-45 (before the Mopac ramp I assume/hope). So both Great Oaks and O'Connor would provide access to SH-45.
Very interesting...the traffic through HH might be much more than they expect. As I recall, there are actually homes facing the Great Oaks extension(with minimal setback, I believe...could be just the model). I can see LOTS o' folks using Great Oaks rather than O'Connor to access 45...time will tell. I wonder what effect the sagging economy will have on the retail development along 620 in the area. Most of the newer small strip centers along that stretch sure look lonely. I can only hope it never looks like 620 west of 183.

BTW, HH looks like it has one entrance road---to serve 300 homes. Yikes.
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