Plan to build ‘missing’ frontage roads in Williamson County

The cities of Round Rock and Pflugerville are working together to add frontage roads along SH 45 between Donnell Dr. and Heatherwilde Blvd. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
The cities of Round Rock and Pflugerville are working together to add frontage roads along SH 45 between Donnell Dr. and Heatherwilde Blvd. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The cities of Round Rock and Pflugerville are teaming up to add frontage roads along State Highway 45 between Donnell Drive and Heatherwilde Boulevard.

Currently, if you’re heading eastbound on the 45 frontage road, it ends at Donnell Dr. Drivers can take a detour and turn right on to Schultz Lane before the frontage road ends. They can also go straight on to the toll road, but in about 1,000 feet, the frontage road picks back up after drivers have to pay a toll.

You can also turn left under the highway, and then head east on to Louis Henna Blvd., into the Bradford Park subdivision.

Terri Scott lives on Winding Way, another subdivision north of SH 45. She says cars speed as they cut through her neighborhood to avoid SH 45, and the missing chunk of frontage road.

“It’s a very busy road during the peak hours of the day,” says Scott of Winding Way.

The cities of Round Rock and Pflugerville are splitting the $600,000 cost to hire an engineering company to design the “missing” frontage roads.

“I’d much rather go through the frontage road than try and go through this little street right here, stop at the stop sign,” says Yvonne Lee of Winding Way.

Lee lives in the same neighborhood as Scott. The women hope the access roads ease traffic near their homes and provide an easier and cheaper way to get around town.

“They can’t make those two side roads, frontage roads, fast enough for us,” says Scott eagerly. “We’re ready for them to be built.”

Round Rock City Council will vote on an interlocal agreement with the city of Pflugerville this Thursday, to move forward with the frontage roads.

This is just the beginning design stage, so the city of Round Rock says it’s unclear when construction would start.

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