To increase safety and provide a better experience for drivers and pedestrians who frequent the area, a traffic light will be installed near Henry Middle School.

The details

During its Sept. 28 meeting, Cedar Park City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Leander ISD for the design and construction of a traffic light at the intersection of Vista Ridge Boulevard and Golden Arrow Avenue.

With the intersection serving one of the middle school’s primary driveways, the area has substantial amounts of traffic during student drop-off and dismissal periods.

Crossing guards and an officer from the Cedar Park Police Department usually directs traffic and helps students to cross the road during these peak times.

Outside of those times, however, there is no method of controlling traffic for pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross Vista Ridge Boulevard other than a flashing pedestrian-activated beacon, according to city documents.

A traffic signal would make the area safer for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists during all times of day, including peak hours, officials said.

LISD officials agreed to contribute $500,000 toward the design and construction of the light. The city of Cedar Park will be responsible for any costs that exceed that amount.