Featured Illustration (above): The proposed route for Southeast Loop/Corridor E1 would provide the city of Hutto with a new major east-west and north-south link between U.S. Highway 79 and Texas Highway 130. Image: Williamson County
By Edmond Ortiz
Hutto (Williamson County)–An Austin company has been chosen to engineer and design a new four-lane road with frontage lanes in southeastern Williamson County.
Williamson County Commissioners Court met April 7 to award a $4 million contract to Rodriguez Transportation Group for the Southeast Loop/Corridor E1 project.
The county had issued an RFQ for the planning and design of this and six other projects in the county’s 2019 road bond program.
Thirty-one firms were evaluated for the seven projects. Commissioners used the consent agenda portion of their meeting to award planning, engineering and design contracts for all seven projects on the agenda.
Williamson County officials have sought to develop connections for east-west travel between Texas Highway 130 and Farm Road 3349, and north-south travel to U.S. Highway 79.
County officials have said the Southeast Loop/Corridor E1 project will enhance safety and mobility in eastern Williamson County, the fifth fastest-growing county in Texas.
Rodriguez Transportation’s management of the project is to include oversight of route and design studies, public involvement, surveying, right-of-way mapping, environmental studies and documents, geotechnical services, and development of specifications and a construction cost estimate.
According to a preliminary study, construction of Southeast Loop/Corridor E1 would be carried out in at least two phases. The roadway would have four main lanes (two each way), and a total of six frontage road lanes. There also would be shared used paths along the road.
The proposed route for Southeast Loop/Corridor E1 would go through much of the city limits of Hutto, which is experiencing population growth and is planning to accommodate major commercial developments, such as the Perfect Game baseball complex north of U.S. 79.
There is no estimated timeline or delivery method for road construction. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-2E70.