The Hutto City Council approved a traffic plan for the Durango Farms and Old Town neighborhoods during their meeting on Thursday, September 15. The plan will ultimately allow for the gates connecting Durango Farms to Old Town along Main Street and East Street to be opened for traffic.
The plan, developed by the Public Works and Engineering departments over the last several weeks, calls for the construction of three traffic circles, one at each of the following intersections:
- Main Street and Liberty Street
- East Street and Hutto Street
- East Street and West Live Oak Street
The traffic circles, which will be smaller but similar in design to the traffic circle at the Alliance Boulevard and Emory Farms Avenue intersection, are intended to calm traffic speed and direct four-way intersections by guiding drivers into a circular flow pattern. This allows for constant movement of traffic while discouraging speeding.
Once the traffic circle along Main Street is complete, the Main Street gate will be opened to traffic, then once the East Street traffic circles are complete, the East Street gate will be opened. Construction is already underway and is expected to take approximately 10 calendar days to complete. Once the roadways are open, City staff will collect traffic data to determine if any additional mitigation strategies are needed. The City is also exploring options to add decorative items to each traffic circle in the future.
In addition to the traffic circles, the City is also in the process of adding street lights along Main Street and East Street near the entrance to the Durango Farms subdivision, helping to improve the safety of those streets for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
In July 2021, the City of Hutto and MA Durango Farms, LLC agreed to install concrete safety barriers along Main Street and East Street to prevent heavy truck traffic from traveling through Old Town into the Durango Farms subdivision. In June 2022, the concrete barriers were replaced with gates. As the Durango Farms neighborhood continues to develop, the City Council began the process of determining the best way to open the gates in August.