Texas DOT breaks ground on Oak Hill Parkway project after decades of planning

Project will accommodate current and future growth by adding lanes for drivers traveling through Oak Hill

July 07, 2021 / 1 minute read
Texas DOT breaks ground on Oak Hill Parkway project after decades of planning
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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) last week officially began construction on the Oak Hill Parkway project in the Austin area.

Decades in the making, the Oak Hill Parkway project will accommodate current and future growth by adding lanes for drivers traveling through Oak Hill, as well as frontage roads for local traffic. The project will also remove traffic signals on the main lanes and construct flyovers between U.S. 290 and SH 71.

“It’s taken more than 30 years of planning—30 years of discussing and talking about a traffic solution for this area,” J. Bruce Bugg Jr., Texas Transportation Commission chairman, said in a statement. “We’re here today because it’s time to stop planning to do. It’s time to do.”

At U.S. 290 and William Cannon Drive, traffic volume has increased by nearly 50% since 1990, TxDOT says.

“The Central Texas region has desperately needed the Oak Hill Parkway project for decades,” Ashby Johnson, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director, said in a statement. “This project can’t come soon enough to support the tremendous growth in Hays, Burnet, Travis, and Blanco counties.”

The Oak Hill Parkway project will also include 15 miles of paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The $674 million non-tolled Texas Clear Lanes project is expected to complete in early 2026, weather permitting. The design-build contractor is Colorado River Constructors. 

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SOURCE: Texas DOT

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