7 February transportation updates from the Cedar Park, Leander area

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Here are seven updates on transportation projects in Leander and Cedar Park from February.

Ongoing Projects

1. New Hope Drive extension
The New Hope Drive extension project includes the construction of four lanes from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard, installation of a signal at the Ronald Reagan intersection, addition of streetlights and more. Construction remains on two westbound lanes on New Hope between Arrow Point Drive and Cottonwood Creek. Construction is expected to be completed in March, according to Cedar Park city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. The $7.8 million project is funded by the city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program.
Timeline: August 2017-March 2019

2. Bagdad Road expansion
Bagdad Road is being expanded to five lanes between Hero Way West and San Gabriel Parkway. It is also being expanded to three lanes between San Gabriel and Collaborative way. Funding for the $8.2 million project  comes from the city of Leander and Williamson County. The project is expected to be completed in April, according to Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu.
Timeline: 
April 2017-April 2019

3. Anderson Mill Road reconstruction
Phase 1 of the Anderson Mill Road reconstruction project realigns Anderson Mill between RM 1431 and slightly beyond Gaspar Bend. As of Jan. 31, the road is substantially complete, with crews finishing sidewalk work, topsoil and cleanup, according to Huerta. Funding for the $7 million project comes from the city of Cedar Park and Williamson County.
Timeline: 
January 2017-January 2019

Recent Updates

4. Bell Boulevard realignment
The Bell Boulevard realignment project will relocate the portion of Bell between Brushy Creek Road and Park Street to align with Old Hwy. 183 as part of the Bell Boulevard redevelopment project.  A public hearing takes place at the Cedar Park Recreation Center Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.  where people can comment on the planned improvements. At a meeting Jan. 24, the city took a step in the project. Cedar Park City Council members authorized the city to enter an agreement with Capital Metro regarding the train crossing on Park, which must be modified to accommodate the road realignment. The city will reimburse Capital Metro for 100 percent of the cost of work.
Timeline: late 2019-2021/22 (construction)
Cost: $625,000 (Capital Metro’s work only)
Funding source: city of Cedar Park

5. Brushy Creek Regional Trail Connection Project
The project constructs missing parts of the trail system, including at A. Brushy Creek Lake Park, B. Twin Lakes Park and C. Little Elm Trail, according to city documents. Construction began the week of Jan. 28, starting at Brushy Creek Lake Park, according to Huerta.
Timeline: January-May
Cost: $285,113.50 (construction only)
Funding sources: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board) with federal reimbursement

Upcoming Projects

6. US 183 North toll lanes project
On Jan. 31, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a project development agreement that allows the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to move into final design and then construction on the US 183 North project. The project will add four total toll lanes and a fourth continuous nontolled lane to US 183 between RM 620 and MoPac. Existing lanes will remain nontolled.
Timeline: spring 2020-2024 (construction)
Cost: $450 million
Funding sources: Mobility Authority, Texas Department of Transportation

7. East Street construction
The project constructs a two-lane road with parallel parking on both sides from RM 2243 to Hero Way, according to city documents. At the Jan. 3 City Council meeting, Leander City Manager Kent Cagle said the project may be bid out in mid- or late summer and will have a 12-month time frame.
Estimated timeline: to be determined
Cost: $3,223,617 (estimate)
Funding source: city of Leander

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Marisa Charpentier
Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.
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