City of Round Rock hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 20 to officially celebrate the completion of two long-awaited projects on University Boulevard.
A portion of the funding for both of these projects was provided by Williamson County, which had multiple officials in attendance.
“When cities and counties have an opportunity to share the cost to help benefit our taxpayers, we ought to be doing it,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan.
University Boulevard from IH-35 to Sunrise Road
Improvements to University Boulevard from IH-35 to Sunrise Road widened the roadway to six lanes and included dual turn lanes at the intersections of Oakmont Drive and University Oaks Boulevard to help to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce accidents at these busy intersections.
Williamson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Terry Cook emphasized the complexities of the project, including the challenge of extensive utilities work and acquisition of 40 parcels of right of way over the past decade in order to obtain the land necessary for the road widening.
The project cost approximately $14 million total and was under construction from November 2021 to May 2023. Engineering services were provided by JMT and construction was completed by DeNucci Constructors.
University Boulevard from A.W. Grimes Boulevard to State Highway 130
Improvements to University Boulevard between A.W. Grimes Boulevard and State Highway 130 reconstructed the road and increased it from two lanes to four lanes with a raised median to provide more capacity for drivers in this rapidly growing area of the community.
Williamson County Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles noted that the project was essential for safety for residents and commercial businesses as rapid growth continues to move eastward.
The project cost was approximately $11.4 million, and the road was under construction from April 2021 to May 2023. In addition to funding from Williamson County, this project also received a significant amount of funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). Engineering services were provided by Seiler Lankes Group and construction was completed by J.D. Abrams.