By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News
After more than two years, the bypass project in Four Points is in its final stages of construction and is a few months away from completion.
“Crews are expected to finish installing the new waterline along the south side of RM 2222 between RM 620 and the new bypass. Once the waterline is installed, we will begin widening proposed RM 2222 to the south side, as well as begin working on installing a new waterline on the north side of RM 2222,” according to Brad Wheelis, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson.
Crews recently started working during the night on the proposed median on RM 620 from Comanche Trail to just south of the new bypass. Motorists also saw a new temporary traffic shift for southbound RM 620 traffic near Steiner Ranch as the raised median has been constructed.
The bypass southbound road is expected to be open within the next few months.
“The latest schedule from our contractor has us fully opening the southbound bypass by March of next year,” Wheelis said.
The 2222/620 bypass projects have consisted of two phases.
Phase 1 was to widen RM 2222 from the new bypass to McNeil Drive to accommodate a third lane in each direction. Construction of the $24.3 million widening project began in December 2018 and was finished in November 2021.
Phase 2 of the project is to open the bypass, reconstruct 2222 from west of the bypass to the RM 620 intersection, and complete the improvements on RM 620. The $15.8+ million bypass connector road broke ground in December 2019 and should be complete by spring 2022.
“Phase 1 needed to be completed prior to fully opening the bypass to allow improved traffic flow downstream from the new bypass,” Wheelis said.