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TxDOT begins construction on RM 2222 and RM 620 intersection bypass

The roadwork will include adding connector road off RM 620 as a shortcut.

AUSTIN, Texas — Tens of thousands of cars pass the intersection of RM 2222 and RM 620 every day.

According to TxDOT, about 50,000 cars on average per day cross the intersection.

The bottleneck in Northwest Austin is about to get a fix.

On RM 2222, TxDOT will add a lane eastbound from Bonaventure to Sitio Del Rio Boulevard, and a lane westbound from Ribelin Ranch to Sitio Del Rio.

The agency will also add raised medians and turn lanes.

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That is expected to be finished in the summer of 2020.

"This is going to provide some east-west relief,” said TxDOT spokesman Brad Wheelis.

In a second project, TxDOT will build a bypass or connector road just north of Steiner Ranch Boulevard to give drivers a shortcut from RM 620 to RM 2222.

That construction started on Wednesday and is expected to be finished by mid-2021.

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“Combined, these design elements will reconfigure traffic movements in a more efficient way that reduces the logjam we experience daily,” Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said. “The innovative approach to addressing congestion at this intersection allowed us to deliver these projects much faster, and at a lower cost.”

These two projects at the RM 2222 and RM 620 intersection cost at least $33 million.

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