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The City of Georgetown’s Southwest Bypass and D.B. Wood Road extension project will create a 2.4-mile arterial that will extend D.B. Wood Road from University Avenue south to Leander Road. The project is one segment of the Southwest Bypass project to create a north-south arterial on the west side of Georgetown. The $18.3 million project broke ground in 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in 2018. The construction contractor is Jordan Foster Construction.
Williamson County will build a segment of Southwest Bypass from Leander Road to Interstate 35. Driveways were constructed in summer 2016 to allow engineering and design staff access to the property to complete permitting and construction plans. Williamson County officials broke ground Sept. 8 on the first phase of the project from I-35 to west of the Georgetown Railroad and will take approximately 12 months to complete. Phase 2 will connect Phase 1 to RM 2243/Leander Road and is anticipated to begin construction in Summer 2018. The road will be opened when Segment 2 is complete by early 2020.
Construction on the Farm to Market 1460 project started in October 2015. The two-year project by the Texas Department of Transportation involves building a four-lane road in the 3.5 mile segment from Quail Valley Drive to University Boulevard. FM 1460 is a key north-south arterial between Georgetown and Round Rock. Currently FM 1460 is a two-lane road with no shoulders.
The new four-lane road with turn lanes will provide increased safety and mobility between the hospitals and higher education facilities in Round Rock and residential and employment areas in Georgetown.
The new four lane highway also will provide a north-south alternate and reliever to Interstate 35. When it is completed, FM 1460 will be a four-lane road from Austin Avenue in Georgetown to U.S. 79 in Round Rock where continues as the four-lane A.W. Grimes Boulevard to the 45 Toll Road.
Georgetown residents voted to approve transportation bonds in 2008 authorizing funding for the project.
The total cost of the project is $34.7 million, including design and engineering, environmental clearances, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations, and construction. The total includes $13 million from the City of Georgetown, $11.4 million in federal funding, $7.8 million in state funding, and $2.6 million from the City of Round Rock and Williamson County.