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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Road projects and other infrastructure updates

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The City of Hutto is making solid progress on several Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects, including roads, sidewalks, drainage, and wastewater systems. In addition, infrastructure communications will ramp up soon with a new online dashboard. Here is a brief overview to bring you up to speed:  

Herrera Trail Drainage – This project was completed on Sept. 26, 2022, stabilizing the eroding effect of rain in the Legends of Hutto neighborhood. The primary drainage channel was grass-lined and heavily eroded; the newly installed channel lining will improve drainage and protect fencing. In addition, the neighborhood detention pond now has a concrete-lined channel to keep water moving. The project cost about $340,000 and was funded through 2018 road/drainage bonds.   


Lakeside Estates Sidewalks – Construction began on this project last month (Sept. 2022), improving connectivity and condition of sidewalks in the Lakeside Estates neighborhood. The work is primarily along Little Lake Road, Kaatz Lane, and Estate Drive, and it is expected to be completed by mid/late December 2022. The project is expected to cost about $600,000 from the general fund.   


Pavement Assessment Project and Management Plan – This project is well underway. The study provides an inventory of all City-maintained streets and sidewalks, objectively determines their condition, and identifies any gaps in sidewalk connectivity. All data have been collected and are now being analyzed and spot-checked, in anticipation of a report and recommendations this December to Hutto City Council. While City Council has set aside just about $300,000 for this work in 2023, after hearing the engineers’ findings they will prioritize the projects and amend the budget accordingly.  


Megasite System Improvements – Engineering contracts are being drafted now for two system projects at the Hutto Megasite, a 1,000+ acre undeveloped property in eastern Hutto on US Hwy 79. Hutto City Council is anticipated to vote on these contracts this month (October), with work to begin soon thereafter. The two projects are (a) construction of Megasite Phase 1 wastewater collection system, and (b) the construction of waterline transmission lines along US Hwy 79, FM 3349, and CR 132 just south of 79. The projects are expected to cost about $24 million which, like the rest of the City’s water and wastewater projects this year, is funded by Certificates of Obligation (COs) already approved by City Council. Most of these costs will be recouped through development permit fees and economic development agreements.  


Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements – Also set for City Council vote this month is an engineering contract for urgently needed improvements to the disinfection system in the City’s south wastewater treatment plant, located along Brushy Creek. This project is expected to cost about $1.5 million and will be funded by COs.   

Other projects for engineering contracts -Once the Megasite and wastewater disinfection engineering contracts are set in October, the next three projects to be contracted and scheduled will be: 


    • Live Oak Street – Hutto City Council approved funding this year to design an overhaul of  Live Oak Street in Downtown Hutto to include a new roadway with sidewalks, street lighting, and underground utilities, drainage and sewer. This comprehensive design will take six months to complete, at which point the City Council will have a clear sense of the potential cost and can decide what aspects to fund and how to fund them.   

    • Overpass at CR 132 / 79 – The new road, when fully constructed, will be a 6-lane divided road and will include an overpass bridge over US 79 and UP Railroad.  The project includes the design and construction of a new north/south corridor east of FM 1660 and will generally align with the existing CR 132 and CR 133 corridors.  The project is a partnership between the City of Hutto and Williamson County.  Hutto’s portion of the project lies between Limmer Loop and CR 199/CR 132 intersection.

    • CR 137 Improvements –  The project includes improvements to CR 137 and FM 1660 from that intersection south to Brushy Creek. Improvements include full reconstruction of the existing CR 137 to become a 3-lane roadway with a center turn-lane, a right turn-lane on southbound FM 1660 onto CR 137, a left turn-lane on CR 137 to northbound FM 1660, and traffic signal upgrades. 

FM 1660 Projects 

There are three separate projects moving forward on FM 1660, a primary north-south artery in Hutto: 

    

  • Intersection of FM 1660 North and US Hwy 79 – The project will advertise for bids in October, and construction is estimated to begin in late December. The road will be expanded to add a dedicated right turn-lane on both 1660 southbound and 79 westbound, to reduce traffic delays and improve safety. This $1 million project is funded through General Obligation (GO) bonds already approved by City Council. It is expected to be finished in Fall 2023.  


  • Intersection of FM 1660 and Limmer Loop – Engineering (design) for this intersection is complete. Final right-of-way acquisition and permitting is anticipated to be done this Fall, with construction scheduled to start this Spring. The project will reduce traffic delays and improve both driver and pedestrian safety, with the construction of additional lanes and sidewalks. About $5 million is slated to be spent this fiscal year on this project from GO bonds. It is expected to be finished in Spring 2024.  

  • Intersection of FM 1660 South and US Hwy 79 – Engineering (design) is over half-way done on this highly complex project, which has required intensive involvement by the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific Rail, and the Texas Department of Transportation. Design is expected to finish by this time next year, so construction can begin in 2024 on this nearly $4 million project and finish in 2025. Improvements will include: 

  • - a right turn-lane on US 79 to travel south on FM 1660 

  • - overall intersection improvements 

  • - grade modifications to the existing railroad-crossing to support safe travel by large vehicles and trailers 

 

Glenwood Wastewater System Improvement – Engineering is 90% complete on this critical project that will alleviate flows from the Enclave lift station; it will also provide a gravity wastewater main, in order to convey flows directly to the City’s South wastewater treatment plant located along Brushy Creek.  The design team is coordinating the permitting of proposed crossings under FM 1660 (via the Texas Dept. of Transportation) and the planned Southeast Loop (Williamson County) to finalize the design. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2023. 


Stay Informed! 

To support the City’s focus on completing and communicating about infrastructure projects, City staff and consultants are in the process of putting together a “dashboard.” It will take our current CIP webpage to a much higher level of information and access. The CIP Dashboard would make it even easier for the public to follow along with the progress of many simultaneous projects.  

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