May 13, 2022

 

 

From left: John Peters, TxDOT area engineer; Nick Woolery, Georgetown assistant city manager; David Morgan, Georgetown city manager; Shawn Hood, Georgetown city council District 2; County Judge Bill Gravell; Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey; Andrew Batten, Joe Bland Construction; Christen Eschberger, HNTB; Russell Fishbeck, Williamson County senior director of parks; Loretta Schietinger, HNTB; Oscar Salazar Bueno, HNTB.

 

 

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Southwest Bypass projects enters last phase


Extension to offer relief to Highway 29, Wolf Ranch Parkway

By Nicholas Cicale

Construction on the final section of the Southwest Bypass is officially underway. 

Williamson County and the City of Georgetown Wednesday held a groundbreaking for the segment of road that will connect Wolf Ranch Parkway, Highway 29 and the bypass project.

“The project will extend the two-lane Southwest Bypass from Wolf Ranch Parkway to State Highway 29 and will also provide 1.2 miles of shared-use path along the extended road,” according to the county.

The City of Georgetown completed the Southwest Bypass from Ranch to Market Road 2243 to Wolf Ranch Parkway in July 2018, while Williamson County completed the Southwest Bypass from Interstate 35 to RM 2243 in May 2020, according to the county.

“I am excited to see this piece of nearly a 20-year project begin,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said. “Connecting to SH 29 was always part of the Long Range Transportation Plan, but construction costs and traversing an active quarry caused the county and the city to build the Southwest Bypass in phases.

“I’m proud to say that our final design includes a 10-foot shared-use path that will one day connect the City of Georgetown trail system with the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park and beyond to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.”

The $4.2 million project was approved as part of the 2019 Road bond, with $2 million and the right-of-way coming from the City of Georgetown. 

“This half-mile segment of Southwest Bypass Extension that we are breaking ground to start today will provide a direct link from Highway 29 to Southwest Bypass, allowing drivers to avoid one of our busiest corridors at Wolf Ranch,” said Shawn Hood, Georgetown City Council Member for District 2. “The larger bypass project represents many years of planning and coordination between the city and Williamson County. It shows what can happen when local government works together to plan for the future.”

LJA Inc. is serving as the project’s design engineer. The project is scheduled to be completed by next summer.