On Monday evening (July 29), City Council voted unanimously to approve a proposal from Huitt-Zollars to perform a transportation study for the City of Lakeway. This is the first transportation study of its kind for the City. The study will help identify short and long-term multi-modal improvements to Lakeway's transportation infrastructure. This will be a study outside of the project currently in the works with TxDOT related to RM 620 improvements slated to begin in 2022.
A Transportation Steering Committee, which was approved by City Council in mid-July, will help guide projects outlined in the study, along with input from citizens and City staff. The project will focus on several local roads and pathways, which could lead to relieving congestion and travel time from the main thoroughfares of RM 620 and Highway 71. The proposed project list includes streets throughout Lakeway that currently are not pass-through, like Main Street & Lohmans Spur, along with finding better connectivity solutions and road improvements to the East side of the City. The study will also seek public input by the end of the year before the final report is sent to the City in early 2020. At that point, projects could be attached to a Mobility Bond, which would go before the voters in May.
Estimated cost for the study is $127,950. It will be billed based on tasks completed. Traffic and turning movement counts will be paid separately on an as needed basis for each corridor, not to exceed $25,000 total. In City Council's vote to approve the study Monday night, Councilmembers agreed to also place a 10% not-to-exceed cap in the overall cost.
According to the draft version of the proposal, Huitt-Zollars identified the following projects to include in the study:
The study will kick off in August 2019. The following are the six tasks outlined in the Huitt-Zollars proposal, including draft timelines for each:
Task 1: Project Identification - Aug. 1, 2019 to Oct. 2, 2019
Task 2: Develop Project Cost Estimates - Sept. 12, 2019 to Nov. 13, 2019
Task 3: Solicit Public Input on Candidate Projects - Sept. 5, 2019 to Nov. 15, 2019
Task 4: Evaluate Candidate Projects - Sept. 5, 2019 to Nov. 15, 2019
Task 5: Master Project Development and Implementation Schedule - Nov. 4, 2019 to Nov. 29, 2019
Task 6: Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program Report - Dec. 16, 2019 to Feb. 3, 2020