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Samsung To Build $17b Plant in Taylor TX (US79 needs converting to Freeway ASAP)

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thisdj78:
Traffic between Taylor and Round Rock is going to be crazy once this is complete. Besides a southern bypass around Hutto, I don’t think there’s any current plans for US79 between SH130 and Taylor:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-to-choose-taylor-texas-for-17-billion-chipmaking-factory-11637627613?mod=latest_headlines&fbclid=IwAR0rd4NdQFfduX0JXqCGwZlDS9n9fti2eUB6GOijDNacNPwnZaEMr0XOZNU

brad2971:

--- Quote from: thisdj78 on November 22, 2021, 10:06:42 PM ---Traffic between Taylor and Round Rock is going to be crazy once this is complete. Besides a southern bypass around Hutto, I don’t think there’s any current plans for US79 between SH130 and Taylor:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/samsung-to-choose-taylor-texas-for-17-billion-chipmaking-factory-11637627613?mod=latest_headlines&fbclid=IwAR0rd4NdQFfduX0JXqCGwZlDS9n9fti2eUB6GOijDNacNPwnZaEMr0XOZNU

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And TXDOT may want to hurry on this. There's a certain amount of urgency to these chipmaking plants nowadays, what with both the chip shortages and the imperative of not being so exposed to China for these chips.

MaxConcrete:
The planned Southeast Loop Freeway goes along the west side of the plant site.

https://www.wilco.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=jKlWXIJnOPE%3d&tabid=1553&portalid=0&mid=8328

Segment 3 on the map is scheduled to receive bids for its frontage roads in June.

https://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/let/2022/williamson.htm#348601008

As brad2971 says, TxDOT and Williamson County are going to need to expedite the full length of the Southeast Loop to full freeway standards.

thisdj78:

--- Quote from: MaxConcrete on November 22, 2021, 10:52:42 PM ---The planned Southeast Loop Freeway goes along the west side of the plant site.

https://www.wilco.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=jKlWXIJnOPE%3d&tabid=1553&portalid=0&mid=8328

Segment 3 on the map is scheduled to receive bids for its frontage roads in June.

https://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/let/2022/williamson.htm#348601008

As brad2971 says, TxDOT and Williamson County are going to need to expedite the full length of the Southeast Loop to full freeway standards.

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Even with the new Loop, 79 really needs to be limited access all the way from Taylor (thru Hutto) to at least Kalahari in Round Rock. Also some grade separated railroad crossings.

sprjus4:

--- Quote from: thisdj78 on November 22, 2021, 11:13:51 PM ---
--- Quote from: MaxConcrete on November 22, 2021, 10:52:42 PM ---The planned Southeast Loop Freeway goes along the west side of the plant site.

https://www.wilco.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=jKlWXIJnOPE%3d&tabid=1553&portalid=0&mid=8328

Segment 3 on the map is scheduled to receive bids for its frontage roads in June.

https://www.dot.state.tx.us/insdtdot/orgchart/cmd/cserve/let/2022/williamson.htm#348601008

As brad2971 says, TxDOT and Williamson County are going to need to expedite the full length of the Southeast Loop to full freeway standards.

--- End quote ---

Even with the new Loop, 79 really needs to be limited access all the way from Taylor (thru Hutto) to at least Kalahari in Round Rock. Also some grade separated railroad crossings.

--- End quote ---
IMO, the new loop combined with SH-45 west of SH-130, would act as a “bypass” of the US-79 corridor.

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