The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to construct a new overpass at the intersection of State Highway 71 and Farm to Market Road 1209. One of TxDOT’s main goals with this construction project is to increase safety for commuters along Highway 71. In addition to making the intersection safer, it should also reduce traffic along what has become an increasingly busy road, with nearly 37,000 vehicles passing the intersection each day on average.
The overpass is a part of a larger TxDOT project to eliminate any traffic signals for drivers traveling from Austin to I-10. This includes building similar overpasses along Highway 71’s intersections with Tucker Hill Lane, Pope Bend Road, Ross Road, and Kellam Road in addition to FM 1209. The projects is expected to cost around $34.5 million and construction is not expected to begin until 2020. Of all the overpass projects along Highway 71, the one at the intersection of FM 1209 is expected to be the last to be constructed.