“This is a great example of our continued strategic focus on infrastructure projects in Texas,” said Terry Towle, Group President of Fluor’s Urban Solutions business. “When completed, widening the corridor will improve mobility, operating efficiency, and safety by easing gridlock in the area, enabling emergency vehicles to respond to accidents quickly.”
Decades in the making, the Oak Hill Parkway project will accommodate current and future growth by adding lanes for drivers traveling through Oak Hill, as well as frontage roads for local traffic. The project will also remove traffic signals on the mainlanes and construct flyovers between US 290 and SH 71.
“It’s taken more than 30 years of planning. Thirty years of discussing and talking about a traffic solution for this area,” said J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Texas Transportation Commission Chairman. “We’re here today because it’s time to stop planning to do. It’s time to do.”
At US 290 and William Cannon Drive, traffic volume has increased by nearly 50 percent since 1990.
“The Central Texas region has desperately needed the Oak Hill Parkway project for decades,” said Ashby Johnson, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director. “This project can’t come soon enough to support the tremendous growth in Hays, Burnet, Travis, and Blanco counties.”
The Oak Hill Parkway project will also include 15 miles of paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.
“During the decades of project planning, TxDOT listened to the community and implemented input where feasible,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Tucker Ferguson. “As a result, this community-focused design addresses the mobility and safety needs along with community values.”
The $674-million non-tolled Texas Clear Lanes project is expected to complete in early 2026, weather permitting. The design-build contractor is Colorado River Constructors.
- The seven-mile design-build project includes the reconstruction and widening of U.S. 290 from approximately the east end of Circle Drive to Loop 1 and State Highway 71 to Silvermine Drive in Travis County, west of downtown Austin, Texas.
- It will serve as a key route to Austin for the residents of Oak Hill, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Dripping Springs, and other growing communities west of Austin.
- The project will widen from two to three main lanes for through traffic in each direction, as well as add two to three frontage road lanes in each direction. An overpass for the U.S. 290 main lanes over William Cannon Drive will be built, along with direct-connect flyovers between U.S. 290 and State Highway 71.
- Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations will be built along the entire corridor, including 14 miles of shared-use path, 1-1/2 miles of sidewalks, new landscaping, tree plantings, and corridor aesthetics.