Transportation updates from Cedar Park, Leander for November 2019

Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper
Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper

Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper

Ongoing projects

1 San Gabriel Parkway extension

This project connects San Gabriel from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Phase 1 of the project, which is the central portion of the roadway, is 60% complete, according to Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu. Design plans for Phase 2 are 95% complete.=. The project costs $1.56 million and is funded by Leander’s general obligation bonds.

Timeline: November 2018-TBD

Cost: $1.56 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

Recent updates

2 Raider Way and East Woodview Drive improvements

The city of Leander aims to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School by widening Raider Way and East Woodview Drive. Raider will be widened to four lanes from East Woodview to East Crystal Falls Parkway. East Woodview will be widened to four lanes from Toll 183A to Raider. The city is currently acquiring rights of way for the project, according to Neu.

Timeline: April 2021-later in 2021

Cost: $7.86 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

3 Bell Boulevard realignment

The project relocates a portion of Bell Boulevard—from Cypress Creek Road to Cedar Park Drive—to the alignment of Old Hwy. 183. Once relocated, Bell will be a four-lane, divided roadway. The project is part of the city’s effort to redevelop this area of Cedar Park into a mixed-use development. The design phase of the roadway project is nearing completion, according to city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. Construction is expected to start in spring 2020, with completion expected in fall 2021, according to Huerta.

Timeline: spring 2020-fall 2021

Cost: $24 million

Funding source: 2015 Cedar Park voter-approved road bonds

Upcoming projects

4 South Street and West Drive intersection improvements

This project will establish a roundabout at the intersection of South Street and West Drive in Leander to improve traffic flow in the area. The project is in the design stage, according to Neu.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $704,940

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

5 New Hope Drive extension

In Cedar Park, New Hope Drive is being extended from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road. This section of the road will be a four-lane, divided roadway with a raised median, bike lanes and a shared-used path. The project is in the design phase, according to Huerta.

Timeline: April 2021-December 2023

Cost: $18.4 million

Funding sources: federal funds, 2015 Cedar Park bond funds

Road name updates

6 CR 272

Cedar Park City Council voted Oct. 3 to change the name of CR 272 to Krienke Ranch Road, in recognition of the Krienke family, which has lived on a property off the road since before Cedar Park was incorporated. “We’ve been there for quite a long time, before Cedar Park became Cedar Park,” Sharon Krienke told council Oct. 3. “For a long time, we had no one else on our road.”

7 CR 279

During a meeting Sept. 19, Leander city staff proposed renaming CR 279 from Waterfall Avenue to the northern city limits, or CR 281, to North Bagdad Road. Staff will notify affected property owners of the proposed change after Jan. 1, according to Neu. Council will consider an ordinance making the change afterward, which could be February or March, according to Neu.

Speed change

8 Hero Way West

During a meeting Oct. 17, Leander City Council approved a speed limit change to a portion of Hero Way West. Now the speed limit will be 50 mph on the road beginning 3,000 feet west of Lakeline Boulevard until Riverway Lane. The speed limit will be 45 mph on Hero Way West from Riverway until US 183.
By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

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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