City to implement $58 million, 5-year traffic improvement program
Beginning in September 2011, the City of Round Rock is implementing a $58
million, 5-year plan to address the community’s most pressing transportation
needs. The program will be primarily funded through the existing half-cent Type
B sales tax revenue for economic development.
identified key problem areas, and presented a series of solutions to the Round
Rock City Council at its
August planning retreat. The City Council, after providing guidance on timing
and priorities, signed off on the program. The 5-year program is flexible, and
new projects will be added to it as work is completed and funds allow. It will
be updated annually.
The highest-priority problem areas identified are
below. Links take you to projects designed to address the problem:
- IH 35 corridor
deficiencies, most notably on-ramp and off-ramp locations
- North-south connections
west of IH 35. There are no significant crossings of Brushy Creek between
Chisholm Trail and Parmer Lane.
efficiency, in particular traffic signal timing and lack of dedicated right
- East-west routes west of
IH 35, especially where there are at-grade railroad crossings.
- Rehabilitation of major
arterial roads. Many of our existing arterial roads need significant
maintenance or reconstruction to improve safety, traffic flow and economic
While all of these problem areas are within the City’s jurisdiction to
address, we will need to partner with the Texas Department of Transportation on some of the proposed
solutions. We anticipate that costs will be shared by other agencies on some
Transportation staff analyzed and ranked problem areas and proposed solutions
that are both technically sound and affordable, i.e., within the projected
revenue stream of the half-cent Type B sales tax. Type B denotes the state law that stipulates the uses for this sales tax, which is
for the promotion of economic development.
Round Rock voters in 1997 approved the half-cent sales tax and limited its
use to major road and transportation projects, i.e., those that impacted
economic development. Since that time, the City has leveraged the $115 million
of Type B revenue into $376 million worth of projects by partnering with the
Texas Department of Transportation, Williamson County and private
The 5-year program does not include $30 million of ongoing Type B sales tax
funded transportation projects, like a new north-south arterial east of IH 35
(Kenney Fort Boulevard) and the widening of Chisholm Trail Road north of FM
3406. Even with the new 5-year program and the existing projects, the City
anticipates maintaining an $8-10 million fund balance for the Type B sales tax
Your thoughts or questions about the program are welcome.