Leander City Council approves $13.9 million contribution to expand RM 2243

The project will extend approximately 8 miles from 183A Toll to Southwest Bypass. (Courtesy Williamson County)
The project will extend approximately 8 miles from 183A Toll to Southwest Bypass. (Courtesy Williamson County)

The project will extend approximately 8 miles from 183A Toll to Southwest Bypass. (Courtesy Williamson County)

Leander City Council approved a $13.9 million purchase of right of way to help facilitate the expansion of RM 2243 during its Nov. 4 meeting. The project will also receive funding from Williamson County as the council approved an interlocal agreement between the two.

The project would extend approximately 8 miles from 183A Toll to Southwest Bypass, according to city of Leander documents. Of those 8 miles, approximately 3 miles fall within the city of Leander.

“This part is the buying the right of ways, or easements, for the first frontage road that will be built as part of the expansion. Our part will be the $13.9 million to buy the right of way for the 3 miles that's within the city limits,” said Dan Grimsbo, the city’s executive director of infrastructure, during the Nov. 4 meeting.

Once completed, the road would have two lanes in each direction as well as three frontage roads in each direction, according to the Williamson County website. The project’s first phase would add a single frontage road that serves two-way traffic.

The project also would include straightening roadway curves and accommodations for pedestrians and cyclists.


According to city documents, construction on the project will begin in early 2022, pending approval from the Texas Department of Transportation. The county will also meet with impacted property owners to discuss project details.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.



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