Featured Photo (above): The city of Pflugerville seeks federal financial help to build displaced left-turn lanes for the intersection of Pecan Street and Farm Road 685/Dessau Road. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Pflugerville (Travis County)—The city is applying for a federal disaster recovery grant to help finance the engineering and construction of improvements at Farm Road 685 and Pecan Street.
City Council on June 23 passed a resolution in favor of an application for a up to $3.8 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
As part of its grant application, the city pledges to provide a 20% match, through the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation.
The project would focus on installing displaced left turns and traffic signal timing changes at FM 685 (Dessau Road) and Pecan Street (Farm Road 1825).
Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers Inc. is currently designing the improvements, which are estimated to cost $2.5 million.
VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-37EC.
City officials said the improvements would help to better control increasing traffic flow on both roads. Looking forward, city planners are aware that Pecan/FM 1825 is part of a route along which there are plans for construction of a 3.8 million-square-foot distribution facility.
While the city has not officially disclosed the owner of the distribution facility project, there is speculation and evidence that Amazon Inc. is behind the project.
The EDA received a $1.5 billion infusion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act for economic development assistance. Such funding can be used to boost infrastructure improvements, economic development, institutions of higher education and nonprofit groups and initiatives.