Construction on the Farm to Market 1460 project officially started today at a groundbreaking ceremony with local, state, and federal officials. The two-year project by the Texas Department of Transportation involves building a four-lane road in the 3.5 mile segment from Quail Valley Drive to University Boulevard.
FM 1460 is a key north-south arterial between Georgetown and Round Rock. Currently FM 1460 is a two-lane road with no shoulders.
The new four-lane road with turn lanes will provide increased safety and mobility between the hospitals and higher education facilities in Round Rock and residential and employment areas in Georgetown.
The new four lane highway also will provide a north-south alternate and reliever to Interstate 35. When it is completed, FM 1460 will be a four-lane road from Austin Avenue in Georgetown to U.S. 79 in Round Rock where continues as the four-lane A.W. Grimes Boulevard to the 45 Toll Road.
Georgetown residents voted to approve transportation bonds in 2008 authorizing funding for the project.
The total cost of the project is $34.7 million, including design and engineering, environmental clearances, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations, and construction. The total includes $13 million from the City of Georgetown, $11.4 million in federal funding, $7.8 million in state funding, and $2.6 million from the City of Round Rock and Williamson County.