SH 29 Corridor Feasibility Study Now Complete
AUSTIN, TX A feasibility study on SH 29 between Southwestern Boulevard in Georgetown, Texas, and SH 95 near Circleville, Texas, is now complete. The two-year study evaluated several improvement options for SH 29, a roadway that does not meet current design standards, is subject to flooding and has an above average crash rate, due to high traffic volume.
Three open house public meetings were held for the SH 29 corridor study and based on public input, four alternatives were developed. Those alternatives were Alternative A, located in the northern portion of the study area; Alternative D, located in the southern portion of the study area; a hybrid alternative that combined portions of Alternatives A and D (Alternative A-A1-D); and Alternative E, which generally followed the existing SH 29 roadway. Throughout the study, a No-Build Alternative was also evaluated as a comparison to the four build alternatives. Traffic data, including existing and future traffic projections, level of service, accident data, engineering information, current land use, environmental constraints, right-of-way requirements, and public input, was evaluated as well during the study.
Based on the study findings, TxDOT is recommending Alternative A be advanced for further refinement and study. Alternative A impacts the fewest number of homes and properties, and takes SH 29 out of the floodplain. In addition, Alternative A accommodates projected traffic volumes and improves safety.
"It is important to note that this is a planning level study," said Terry McCoy, Austin District Engineer. "No construction funds have been identified to move forward with relocating the road, but this document will help TxDOT and Williamson County as it looks at its long range plan for the area."
SH 29 was originally constructed between 1932 and 1934. Since that time, only routine maintenance or operational improvements have been made to the roadway. To see the entire report and schematic, please visit the SH 29 feasibility study homepage.