The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT) is currently considering an expansion of US Highway-79, between I-35 and FM 1460 in the city of Round Rock in Williamson County. The proposed project would widen the stretch of highway by an additional lane in each direction, with the possibility for new overpasses to be constructed. Additionally, the project would include a raised median and intersection improvements, as well as modifications to driveways and access points along US 79 to improve safety and traffic flow. TXDoT will be holding an open house in the PFC Robert P. Hernandez Middle School Cafeteria on August 23rd at 5:30 p.m. to gain public input on the proposed improvements.
Round Rock residents have complained in recent years about the continually worsening traffic along US 79, which less than two decades ago was relatively traffic free. Unfortunately, the city’s quickly growing population has caused traffic in the area to skyrocket. From 2015 to 2016 alone, the number of cars traveling on US 79 just east of I-35 increased by 7.5%, while traffic on the same highway increased by 8.5% near FM 1460. TXDoT has already added a new left turn lane on US 79 to alleviate the increase in traffic, but has yet to announce specific start and end dates for the road widening project.