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Oak Hill Parkway Project to Break Ground in 2021

Safety and mobility improvements along US 290 and SH 71 in Oak Hill are on the way. Minor activities are occurring adjacent to the Oak Hill Parkway corridor in advance of the official project groundbreaking in mid-2021. You may have already seen activity along the corridor to make room for the roadway improvement and prepare for construction, including the removal of buildings purchased by TxDOT that were next to the bluff on US 290. 

The Oak Hill Parkway project will accommodate future growth by adding US 290 travel lanes, removing traffic signals on the mainlanes, and including flyovers between US 290 and SH 71.

Because of your input, we are addressing congestion while also providing for the needs of local traffic and commuters. The project is sensitive to the history and heritage of Oak Hill, and her natural resources. The design kept elevated structures as low as possible, added new paths for pedestrians and bicyclists, and prioritized tree preservation where feasible. 

TxDOT anticipates construction to be fully underway in 2021 and to last approximately five years. We will be working closely with the contractor to keep you informed of construction activity, lane closures, and detours which may affect your community. 

As with any construction project, disruptions will inevitably occur. At times, construction will cause noise, dust, detours, and lights for nightwork. 

Thank you for your patience as we construct a better way to travel on US 290 and SH 71.

About the Design-Build Contractor
In August 2020, TxDOT authorized the selected Design-Build contractor, Colorado River Constructors (CRC), to begin their efforts to prepare final design plans and to construct Oak Hill Parkway. The Design-Build delivery method can improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and expedite project completion because construction can begin before the design is completed. The Oak Hill Parkway project is a good fit for the Design-Build method due to its size, complexity, and cost.

CRC, a fully integrated joint venture with a history of successful construction projects in Texas, is comprised of two experienced Design-Build firms: Fluor Enterprises, Inc. and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. 


CRC is dedicated to hiring local workers as well as using state-certified disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) firms for subcontracting opportunities. An online webform for employment and business opportunities is available here to help direct you to their leadership for employment and business opportunities.
Questions and Answers 
The following are some of the questions we have been receiving. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Question: Will there be changes to the design?
Answer: There is a possibility that TxDOT or CRC will suggest a change in the roadway design due to any number of factors, including but not limited to minimizing utility conflicts and schematic refinements. Should this occur, we will engage and inform impacted property owners and stakeholders about those changes.

Question: What will be the construction phasing and schedule? 
Answer: CRC is currently working to finalize plans for construction phasing and schedule. Once approved by TxDOT, details will be shared with the community. The community should plan for construction impacts to last about five years. Construction schedules are fluid and intended to adapt to time, circumstances, and weather delays. The goal of the construction plan will be to keep as many lanes open as possible while the project is being built.
Developer pays for new signal light
New development along Old Bee Caves Road has prompted a new temporary traffic signal on US 290, but no taxpayer money was used to construct the signal.

The signal was paid for by developers of a new apartment complex being built along Old Bee Caves Road just north of US 290. The new complex is expected to generate just under 2,000 average daily trips.  

The design and construction of the signal was coordinated with the developer, TxDOT and the City of Austin. It is located on TxDOT property and will be operated and maintained by the city.

While it will eventually be removed and replaced by the Oak Hill Parkway project, this traffic signal will serve the safety and mobility needs at that intersection in the interim.

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