The Four Points intersection at RM 620 and RM 2222 in western Travis County has been a source of growing frustration for drivers over the years.
“For folks who live in that area or have to drive through it, they know what a nightmare it can be,” TxDOT spokesman Brad Wheelis said. “Traffic is backed up, people are waiting on the lights at that intersection and what we’re trying to do is provide some relief there.”
Officials broke ground Wednesday on a project expected to provide that relief: a bypass road that will run from a mile north of Steiner Ranch Road to RM 2222. It's expected to cost $10 million and be completed in spring 2021.
Right now, Wheelis said, around 50,000 vehicles pass through the Four Points intersection every day and the number continues to grow.
“There’s really no alternative for folks in that area outside of RM 620, so they need the relief. There’s nowhere else for them to go,” he said. “By diverting the traffic to the east, we take a lot of that away from that intersection. There’s less pressure there.”
Crews have already started work on a separate project to widen RM 2222 from Bonaventure Drive to Ribelin Ranch Drive. That work is expected to be done in summer 2021.
The construction cost of the widening project is $17 million.
The City of Austin is contributing $7.5 million toward these projects from the 2016 mobility bond.
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