Georgetown: TxDOT Holds Virtual Public Hearing for the 4.4 Mile SE Inner Loop Project
Feature Photo: An artist rendering of the continuous flow intersection at Westinghouse Road by TxDOT.
by Art Benavidez
Georgetown (Williamson County) — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently held a virtual public hearing for the SE Inner Loop Project.
The project name, SE Inner Loop, is something of a misnomer since it does not touch Georgetown’s SE Inner Loop. The project spans 4.4 miles of the Interstate 35 southbound lanes, south of the I-35 and SE Inner Loop intersection and continuing down to RM 1431 (University Boulevard) in Round Rock.
The project’s purpose is to address safety, congestion and operation concerns, along with meeting current design standards.
TxDOT proposes to reconstruct Interstate 35 at the Westinghouse Road intersection, changing the intersection from a traditional diamond intersection to a continuous flow intersection (CFI).
Once completed, the project will improve traffic flow at Interstate 35 frontage intersections of SE Inner Loop and Westinghouse Road, reduce lane merging/weaving along southbound Interstate 35 main lanes and frontage road and reconstruct the Westinghouse Road bridge.
Proposed improvements along I-35 from SE Inner Loop to RM 1431 include:
Demolish the existing Westinghouse Road bridge
Construct a new Interstate 35 main lane bridge over Westinghouse Road
Construct westbound to southbound CFI at Westinghouse Road
Improve intersection at Interstate 35 and SE Inner Loop
Improve existing southbound Interstate 35 frontage road from north of SE Inner Loop to RM 1431
Reverse entrance/exit ramps along the southbound Interstate 35 frontage road between SE Inner Loop and RM 1431
Improve bicycle and pedestrian sidewalks and paths
Approximately six acres of new right of way
The environmental study and schematic design are anticipated to be complete in 2022.
The plans, specifications and estimates are anticipated to be complete in 2024, with construction expected to follow, which is contingent on funding.
The SE Inner Loop Project is estimated at $107 million.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.