ROUND ROCK, Texas — Crews broke ground on another project on RM 620 Wednesday morning.
Here's what the project will do, according to TxDOT:
- Add overpasses at Chisholm Trail and Lake Creek Drive from Interstate Highway 35 to Deep Wood Drive
- Improve roundabout at RM 620 and Chisholm Trail beneath the new overpass
- Widen lanes, new frontage roads and improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
TxDOT Engineer Tucker Ferguson said the project cost $27.4 million and will not only help to ease daily traffic congestion but be especially helpful for emergency personnel.
"With St. David's Round Rock Medical Center being right in the vicinity of this project, I'm sure many times emergency vehicles have been stopped going by and this train, and now they could literally save lives by getting patients to the hospital in a more timely fashion," Ferguson said.
But not everyone in the area is excited about the project.
"I'm not excited about it at all. Just because it's going to cause more congestion and it's going to take me longer to get home," said Amanda Lwabuchi, who lives in the area. "It's going to cause more traffic. We already have too much traffic, especially with the kids and the high school. I think it actually would not be good for the area, especially for the kids. It's going to cause more accidents."
Miles Lackey, a Round Rock High School senior, said he does think the roundabout will help.
"I like it because traffic here gets really bad, after school especially," Lackey said. "When they finally get it done, it will be a lot clearer."
The project is expected to take two years to complete.
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