TxDOT: Toll 183A frontage roads construction to start in 2023

Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Motorists in Cedar Park may have to wait until 2026 before they can drive frontage roads along a nearly 3-mile stretch of Toll 183A.



Eduardo Garcia, a transportation engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation transportation engineer, provided a brief update on the plan to build Toll 183A frontage roads to Cedar Park City Council at its Feb. 13 meeting.



Garcia predicted that the project would break ground in fall 2023, with the project taking 24-36 months, meaning the frontage roads would be completed by fall 2025 at the earliest and fall 2026 at the latest.



After the roads are designed, a draft environmental assessment is scheduled to begin in spring 2021 and should take approximately 18 months, Garcia said.



A nearly 3-mile stretch of the Toll 183A from Avery Ranch Boulevard north to RM 1431 lacks frontage roads. In May, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board granted $75 million to TxDOT for the construction of frontage roads along that stretch.



Toll 183A, which first opened in 2007, is an 11.6-mile toll road owned by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority that travels north from SH 45 North to Hero Way in Leander, according to the Mobility Authority.



At a May 10 council meeting during which the funding for the frontage roads was made public, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said the toll road has long acted as a barrier between the eastern and western parts of Cedar Park. Motorists must currently take longer routes to get to the other side of the city.

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By Brian Perdue

A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, Brian Perdue has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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