I-35 Expansion in Williamson County Kicked Off Public Input Process

June 24, 2024

Georgetown and Round Rock in Williamson County will soon join Austin and San Antonio as the latest cities in central Texas to experience I-35 expansions. In April, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held its first public input meeting to discuss the expansion of a 13-mile stretch of I-35 from SH 45 North in Round Rock to Highway 29 in Georgetown.

Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

The public meeting went over the proposed I-35 Georgetown to Round Rock Project, which includes several significant enhancements:

  • Addition of two non-tolled high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in each direction
  • Construction of additional flyovers at I-35 and SH 45 North
  • Modification of entrance and exit ramps
  • Improvements to bridges and intersections
  • Development of shared-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians

Property Concerns

Currently, the project is in the design and environmental assessment phase. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is expected by late 2025, with right-of-way acquisitions commencing in 2026. Although the preliminary design is not yet available, potentially impacted property owners, both business and residential, should start considering the implications for their land.

Environmental Concerns

Beyond the anticipated condemnation of private properties, the project raises several environmental concerns. Notably, the construction could affect the bat population at the intersection of I-35 and McNeil Road, along with sensitive ecological areas such as the San Gabriel River, the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, and various cave systems.

Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation

Preparing for Impact

If you are a property owner concerned about the potential impact of this expansion on your land, it is advisable to consult with an experienced attorney. Legal experts can help you understand your options and rights to fair compensation. The attorneys at Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, PLLC, guide property owners through the eminent domain process, ensuring they receive just compensation for any affected properties. For further legal assistance and advice, contact Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, PLLC

Additional Information

To stay informed about the project scope and timeline, and to learn more about how it might affect you, refer to the I-35 Georgetown to Round Rock Project webpage. Details presented in the last public meeting can also be viewed here.

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