Southwest Bypass Segment 1 groundbreaking Sept. 8

Update: The ground breaking for the Southwest Bypass segment 1 project in Georgetown will be at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. The ground breaking will be held at the driveway at I-35 southbound frontage road just south of SE Inner Loop. The event was postponed last week due to Hurricane Harvey.
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The City of Georgetown and Williamson County will break ground on a section of Southwest Bypass from I-35 to west of the Georgetown Railroad on Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. The project is part of two overlapping segments that will eventually tie into the City’s Southwest Bypass connecting Hwy. 29 at D.B. Wood Road to RM 2243/Leander Road, which is anticipated to open in 2018.

The ground breaking will be held at the driveway at I-35 southbound frontage road just south of SE Inner Loop.

The approximately half-mile segment will take approximately 12 months to complete. The second segment will connect Segment 1 to RM 2243/Leander Road. Construction on the second segment is expected to begin in summer 2018. The road is expected to be completed by early 2020.

The City is managing the project, which is being funded by Williamson County. Engineering firm HDR designed the project, which is being constructed by Jordan Foster Construction.

National Night Out on Oct. 3

Officer Delta Jolly and neighbors during a National Night Out block party.National Night Out, an annual event to support safe neighborhoods, is on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Georgetown. Block parties are being organized from 6 to 9 p.m.

Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown ends Friday, Sept. 22.  Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit your block party.

Last year there were more than 100 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Police Department is hosting a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.

To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out.

Vote for the Best of Georgetown, TX

Where can you find the best kid-friendly restaurant in Georgetown? Where is the best live entertainment? The best hotel or bed and breakfast? The best boutique?

Tell us your favorites during the month of September in the Best of Georgetown, TX contest. Vote online at Bestof.Georgetown.org from Sept. 1 to 30.

The list of winners will be posted at Bestof.Georgetown.org.

Winning businesses receive window decals as well as certificates showing their award and category. In addition, the business name will be listed on the 2017 winners flyer at the Visitors Center and on the Bestof.Georgetown.org website for one year. Winners will have access to the Best of Georgetown 2017 logo for use in their websites and printed material.

The annual Best of Georgetown, TX contest is sponsored by the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Labor Day closings

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. This includes these locations:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center lobby,
    3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

The Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swimming Pools and Aquatics

The Williams Drive pool at 3201 Williams Drive will reopen Saturday, Sept. 2, for three days through Monday, Sept. 4. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. each of those three days. Other outdoor seasonal pools have closed for the summer season.

The splash pads at San Jose Park, 1707 San Jose St., and at the Art Center, 816 S. Main St., will remain open through the month of September.

Recycling and solid waste

There will be regular recycling and solid waste collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, Sept. 4. Please place carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. For questions, call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center on Aug. 25

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities on Friday, Aug. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Under the Big Top.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be taken at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

The event is sponsored by Sonic and Edible Arrangements.

For more information and to register, call (512) 930-3596 or visit parks.georgetown.org.

Upcoming dances:

Oct. 27
Halloween

Feb. 9
Oscar Night

May 4
Fiesta

Aug. 3
All Stars

 

Outdoor warning sirens test delayed to Sept. 2

Warning siren close up

[Update: Due to the forecast for rain from Tropical Storm Harvey this weekend, the outdoor warning siren system testing has been postponed until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. The City also encourages residents to sign up for text, email, or voicemail alerts from City of Georgetown 9-1-1 or Williamson County Emergency Management at warncentraltexas.org.]

Testing for the City’s new outdoor warning sirens is planned for Aug. 26. The audible testing will begin at 11 a.m. and will sound for 90 seconds. Testing will continue monthly on the last Saturday of every month, weather permitting.

The new system, which features 23 outdoor warning sirens located throughout the city, is for sending a “take cover” alert to people who are outdoors. The City’s Office of Emergency Management will activate the warning system when:

  • The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning with destructive winds in excess of 70 miles per hour or a tornado warning for areas within or around the City.
  • Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado in the City of Georgetown or in areas that could potentially affect the City of Georgetown.
  • Trained storm spotters have reported hail 1.25 inches in diameter or greater.
  • A chemical emergency is present.

Warning sirenThe sirens will rotate 360 degrees sounding a steady tone for three minutes in the event of an emergency and may be continually activated until the danger passes. There is no all-clear message.

The new sirens are funded through a $416,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and a 25 percent match of $139,000 from the City.

To receive text, email, or voicemail alerts from City of Georgetown 911 or Williamson County Emergency Management in the event of a tornado or other threatening hazard, sign up at WarnCentralTexas.org. You may register multiple mobile phones or landlines to receive alerts.

Watch school zones as classes start on Aug. 17

The first day of classes for schools in the Georgetown school district is Thursday, Aug. 17. The Georgetown Police Department reminds drivers to slow down in school zones. As students go back to school, police will be monitoring school zones throughout the city.

Look for the school zones at most of these Georgetown ISD schools:

  • Carver Elementary, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive
  • Cooper Elementary, 1921 NE Inner Loop
  • Ford Elementary, 210 Woodlake Drive
  • Frost Elementary, 711 Lakeway Drive
  • McCoy Elementary, 401 Bellaire Drive
  • Mitchell Elementary, 1601 Rockride Lane
  • Pickett Elementary, 1100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
  • Purl Elementary, 1953 Maple St.
  • Village Elementary, 400 Village Commons
  • Benold Middle School, 3407 Northwest Blvd.
  • Forbes Middle School, 1911 NE Inner Loop
  • Tippit Middle School, 1601 Leander Road
  • Wagner Middle School (temporarily in the former Williams Elementary campus), 507 E. University Ave.
  • East View High School, 4490 E. University Ave.
  • Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Ave.
  • Georgetown Alternative Program, 502 Patriot Way
  • Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Ave.
  • Williamson County Academy/Lott Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way

School zone speed limits are in effect during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $10 per mile over the limit, plus state court costs. This would mean a $100 fine plus $129 in state court costs for driving 30 mph in a 20 mph zone, for example.

State law prohibits the use of a wireless communication device in a school zone during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing.

GoGeo bus service hits the streets Aug. 21

The City will celebrate the launch of its new GoGeo fixed-route and paratransit bus service with a ribbon cutting at noon Aug. 21 at the central transit hub at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

GoGeo has four routes serving Lone Star Circle of Care, Wolf Ranch, the Rivery, City Lights Theatres, Southwestern University, the Georgetown Recreation Center, apartment complexes and other locations. Service hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Riders can use the bus at no cost for the first two full weeks of service, Aug. 21-Sept. 1. There will be no service Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day.

An unlimited daily pass is $2 and an unlimited monthly pass is $30. Reduced fares are available for riders with ID who are disabled, veterans and active military, riders age 65 or older, or students. Children 12 and younger with a full-fare rider can ride for free. Monthly pass and credit card purchases can be made at the Public Library. Exact change is needed for a daily pass purchase on the bus.

GoGeo paratransit service in Georgetown for those who are disabled is scheduled by appointment. Go to GoGeo.Georgetown.org for information on applying for GoGeo paratransit service.

The transit system is funded by rider fares as well as funds from the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Health Foundation, and Capital Metro. To see routes and for more information, visit GoGeo.Georgetown.org.

TxDOT to begin paving projects in Georgetown

The Texas Department of Transportation will begin several paving projects, including portions of the I-35 northbound frontage road, Austin Avenue, and University Avenue, on Aug. 6.

Repaving work on University Avenue from I-35 to Inner Loop is scheduled to begin Aug. 6 and is expected to take three months to complete. The contractor on the project is Lone Star Paving.

Repaving on Austin Avenue from Williams Drive to Lakeway Drive/NE Inner Loop and the I-35 northbound frontage road from University Avenue to Williams Drive is scheduled to begin Aug. 13, weather permitting. The projects will be completed consecutively and are expected to be completed by the end of August. The contractor is Dustrol Inc.

All construction work will be completed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The projects will be completed using hot-in-place recycling, which grinds up existing worn asphalt and combines the grindings with new fresh asphalt for a high-quality surface.

During this road paving work, one lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. Drivers should observe posted speed limits and watch for equipment and workers in the construction zones. Flaggers may be used in some sections.

The work schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical issues, and product availability.

City street maintenance projects begin Aug. 7

Street resurfacing on city streets with hot-in-place recycling is scheduled to begin next week. Additional street resurfacing projects including a double course surface treatment are also expected to begin later this summer on portions of SE Inner Loop, Maple Street, Country Club Road and Northwest Boulevard.

The work schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical issues, and product availability.

For a complete list of streets and updates on the paving schedule, visit transportation.georgetown.org/2017-street-maintenance-projects.