The intersection will be operational 10 days earlier than expected. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
The construction project at the intersection of Pecan Street and FM 685/Dessau Road in Pflugerville is slated to be finished ahead of schedule—by Nov. 10, 10 days earlier when the updated intersection will become operational.
Pflugerville City Council approved a change order May 25 to the project to accelerate an already accelerated construction timeline.
The city will save an estimate $187,416 to $271,870 with the change order. The total amount will not be determined until work is finished, according to a city spokesperson. In March, council approved the original construction contract for $4.38 million.
The project will add a displaced left turn to the intersection. A displaced left turn allows vehicles to make unopposed left turns at an intersection by crossing traffic over to the other side of the road prior to the intersection using an exclusive lane.
Construction for the intersection project began April 19, and major traffic changes began May 5, affecting drivers. From March 15-April 18, there were three collisions and six traffic stops in the area of the intersection, according to data from the city. From April 19-May 20, there were 15 collisions and 22 traffic stops.
“We’re going to have school starting this year and having a major facility coming online and increasing our truck traffic in July,” Council Member Mike Heath said. “I think discussing a…