Leander is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of it’s main thoroughfares, RM 2243, may be set for a big expansion. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is looking at adding three main lanes and three frontage lanes in each direction on RM 2243, also known as Leander Road, from 183A Toll Road to the Southwest Bypass in nearby Georgetown. From Southwest Bypass to I-35, RM 2243 would become a four-lane divided road. The project would also add a continuous bike and pedestrian shared use path along the entirety of Rm 2243. Currently, RM 2243 is mostly a two-lane divided highway, struggling from heavy traffic caused by a quickly growing population.
According to a TxDOT fact sheet on the road project, improvements would require a right-of-way width of approximately 500 feet at intersection and 350 feet elsewhere. TxDOT is currently in the process of completing the corridor study for the project, slated to be finished at some point in the Spring of 2019. After this, the project will still have to clear a few more hurdles before beginning construction, namely schematic development and environmental clearance.