7 transportation updates for Cedar Park, Leander for December 2019

The Bell Boulevard realignment project will relocate the stretch of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Highway 183. (Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Bell Boulevard realignment project will relocate the stretch of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Highway 183. (Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Bell Boulevard realignment project will relocate the stretch of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Highway 183. (Marisa Charpentier/Community Impact Newspaper)

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. Metro Drive extension


This project extends Metro Drive from Capital Metro Leander Station to Mel Mathis Boulevard. The city is working on construction of a bridge for the road, just north of Leander Station, according to city spokesperson Mike Neu. Construction began in July and is expected to last through May.

Timeline: July 2019-May 2020

Cost: $3.8 million


Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

2. San Gabriel Parkway extension

This project connects San Gabriel Parkway from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The central portion of the roadway, or Phase 1 of the project, is 60% complete, according to Neu. Design plans for Phase 2 are 95% complete.

Timeline: November 2018-TBD

Cost: $1.56 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

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3. Brushy Creek North Fork Trail


Once complete, this trail will run 3 miles, mostly along the north fork of Brushy Creek. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization selected the project to receive nearly $2.7 million in federal funding. The city of Cedar Park will be responsible for non-construction-related expenses of the trail, such as the design and environmental review of the trail, according to city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. The project is currently in the design stage, according to Huerta.

Timeline: construction to start in 2021

Cost: $3.2 million

Funding sources: CAMPO, Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)

4. Bicycle lane Phase 1A

The project adds 470,000 feet of bicycle lanes to existing pavement on A Brushy Creek Road, B Little Elm Trail, C New Hope Drive and D Buttercup Creek Boulevard. The city received one proposal when the project was advertised, according to Huerta, and the proposal exceeded the project budget. The city is planning to rebid the project sometime in December, according to Huerta. As a result construction has been delayed and is expected to start in spring 2020.

Timeline: spring 2020-TBD

Cost: $350,000

Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)

5. Bell Boulevard realignment

The project relocates a portion of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Cedar Park Drive to the alignment of Old Hwy. 183. The new road will be a four-lane, divided roadway. The project is part of a larger effort to redevelop this area into a mixed-use development. The project involves a substantial utilities relocation. Overhead utilities will be relocated outside of the new roadway alignment and put underground, according to city documents. On Nov. 14, Cedar Park City Council moved forward with hiring a company, Austin Underground Inc., to do the utility relocation. Construction on the Bell realignment is expected to begin in the spring.

Timeline: spring 2020-fall 2021

Cost: $24 million

Funding source: 2015 Cedar Park voter-approved road bonds

UPCOMING PROJECTS

6. East Street construction


The project involves the construction of a two-lane road from RM 2243 to Hero Way. Parallel parking will be on both sides of the street. The project is on hold while the Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews a conditional letter of map revision, which the city anticipates it will approve, according to Neu.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $3,223,617

Funding source: city of Leander

7. Raider Way and East Woodview Drive improvements

In an effort to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School, the city is planning to widen Raider Way and East Woodview Drive. Raider will be widened to four lanes from East Woodview to East Crystal Falls Parkway, and East Woodview will be widened to four lanes from Toll 183A to Raider. The city plans to construct a roundabout in lieu of a traffic signal at the intersection of Raider and East Woodview, according to Neu. The city is in the process of acquiring rights of way for the project, which has pushed back the expected start date to June 2020, according to Neu.

Timeline: June 2020-later in 2021

Cost: $7.86 million

Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds
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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