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Posted on: May 8, 2018

RM 620 improvements get $70M in funding

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A project for road improvements and signal work to RM 620 in Lakeway cleared a major hurdle when it secured nearly $70 million in funding May 7.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) transportation policy board approved funding for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project as one of 50 projects on CAMPO’s 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program.
Starting in 2022, TxDOT plans to upgrade RM 620 from four lanes to a six-lane divided roadway from Oak Grove Boulevard to Texas 71 for an estimated $59 million and include signal coordination to network all the traffic signals along that section for about $10 million. It also will contribute about $30 million to the project.
According to a board report by CAMPO Executive Director Ashby Johnson, “CAMPO staff and the transportation policy board received extensive testimony and comments highlighting the safety and mobility issues in this key corridor” of RM 620.
“CAMPO’s project selection criteria evaluated a project’s readiness and planning factors such as congestion, mobility, and safety,” said Doise Miers, CAMPO community outreach manager. “The projects also went through a cost benefit analysis to evaluate travel time savings, project cost, and safety benefits such as crash reductions.”
City of Lakeway officials were pleased with the outcome that was a result of years of discussions with regional transportation leaders and organizations to seek relief for RM 620 congestion and improved traffic safety.
In April, Lakeway City Council approved a resolution pledging $5 million to TxDOT’s RM 620 improvement project, subject to voter approval.
“Our city’s commitment combined with TxDOT and CAMPO funding will get this much-needed road project moving forward,” Lakeway City Manager Steve Jones said.

CAMPO Meeting Packet - May 7
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