WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — It’s hard to miss the nearly two-mile construction zone along RM 1431. Construction crews are widening the stretch to six lanes.
“[It’s] frustrating because it’s just so unpredictable.” Heather Burns lives in a neighborhood behind all the construction. In fact, some work is happening on her street.
“You don’t know what you’re going to be faced with when you leave every morning or come home at night,” says Heather.
For example, torn up pavement or a street sign lying on the ground. It looks like drivers will have to deal with this mess for a little longer. The city of Cedar Park is expected to pay a contractor an extra $605,836.50 to extend this construction by another five months.
TxDOT, who is administering the construction, says crews found several utility lines that were not included in the original design, which caused the delay. Instead of waiting to relocate them, they redesigned around the utilities to save time.
“We just want it to be done, there’s a lot of dust, a lot of noise,” says Burns. She can’t wait for this road work to finish, so her friends and family have a more welcoming ride to her neighborhood.
The project was supposed to be done this winter, but with the delay, work is expected to be done by late summer or early fall.
Another big road project facing delays is the Mopac Improvement Project. But in that case, the contractor is paying for running late.
Two weeks ago, CTRMA announced the construction team must complete work on all of the lanes by November 29. If not, CH2M would pay up to $20 million in fines.
The MoPac toll lanes were supposed to be finished in September of last year, but an Austin water line issue, a labor shortage and concerns over an endangered spider delayed the project.