WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Contractors working on improvements on the Great Oaks Bridge at Brushy Creek and the nearby intersection in Round Rock are set to close part of the road and trail in the area for about nine months.
Part of Hairy Man Road, from Sam Bass Road to Great Oaks Drive, will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 8, until approximately August 2022, according to Williamson County. Additionally, Brushy Creek Regional Trail in the project area will also be closed starting Nov. 9 for pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Traffic in the area will be detoured to Brightwater and Creek Bend Boulevard, but local traffic on Hairy Man Road will be allowed in from Sam Bass Road to Alto Lane.
The County said the detour is necessary to provide safe passage during the construction necessary to finish the project.
The closures and detour in the area are due to construction at the intersection of Great Oaks Drive and Brushy Creek Road/Hairy Man Road and the bridge to improve traffic flow and flood controls.
Contractors will reconstruct the bridge to better align with Great Oaks Drive south of the intersection and raise the bridge by 16 feet to reduce the impact of flooding and provide safe access across the creek in such flooding events. It will have four lanes, dedicated left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes for traffic moving northbound to eastbound and eastbound to southbound and shared thru-right lanes for traffic moving westbound to northbound and southbound to westbound.
The project will reportedly also add a parking area with 46 spots and improve connectivity for Brushy Creek Trail. The existing parking area on the south side of Brushy Creek Road will be removed, according to the county.
An estimated $11.1 million, not including waterline relocation work from earlier in the year, will be used from previously-approved road bond programs to fund the improvement, according to the County.
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