Transportation Updates

Updated Dec. 8 at 9:50 a.m. to include an updated timeline for the Metro Drive extension project from the city of Leander. The article originally said that Metro Drive construction would begin June 2018.

Published Nov. 19 at 8 a.m.

Ongoing Projects

1. Final paving for Hero Way West’s expansion from two to five lanes between US 183 and a location west of North Lakeline Boulevard is complete. Contractors are working on striping and landscaping, which is expected to be complete by Nov. 23, Leander city spokesperson Michael Neu said. Williamson County and the city of Leander fund the $24 million project.
January 2016-November 2017

2. As of Oct. 30 the city of Cedar Park plans to hold a public workshop for the redevelopment of Bell Boulevard on Nov. 14. Phase 1 of the project will realign Bell with the current Old Hwy. 183 and reconstruct the road’s intersection with Buttercup Creek Boulevard. Cedar Park City Council authorized an agreement for the final design of the project Oct. 26. Phase 1 is expected to cost $20 million and is funded by the 2015 bond program.
Engineering and design estimated to be complete late 2018

3. Storm sewer and streetlight conduit installation for the Bagdad Road expansion in Leander continues through December, Neu said. Bagdad will be widened from two to five lanes from Hero Way West to Collaborative Way with a center turn lane. The $8.5  million project is funded by the city of Leander and Williamson County.
April 2017-October 2018

4. All of Lone Star Drive and Marquis Lane from Lone Star Drive to Cedar Park Drive will be repaved during the Lone Star Drive Wastewater Improvements Project. Mill and overlay on the roads are expected to begin mid-January and may be finished in a week, said Alan Green, Cedar Park engineering project manager. The project costs an estimated $2.3 million and is funded by the city of Cedar Park’s Utility Capital Improvement Funds.
June 2017-February 2018

Recent Updates

5. Cedar Park intersections updated
The city of Cedar Park completed intersection improvements at  Brushy Creek Road and Vista Ridge Boulevard;   Brushy Creek and Lynnwood Trail; and Discovery and Whitestone boulevards. The intersection of Lakeline Boulevard and Old Mill Road is also a part of the project, and it is scheduled to be finished in early December, Green said.
Timeline: June-December
Cost: no more than $514,340.50
Funding source: Community Development Corp. (4B Board)

6. North Brushy Street project delayed
In October, Leander City Council rejected all applicants that submitted bids for the North Brushy Street Streetscape project, which includes repaving and widening the road between South Street and Broade Street in Old Town Leander, Neu said. He said the city has tentative plans to advertise the project for bid in early spring with construction beginning in early summer.
Timeline: construction begins in summer (tentative)
Cost: $1 million
Funding source: Proposition 1 Bond (2016)

7. Future Cedar Park intersection improvements
Cedar Park City Council approved future intersection improvements at its meeting Oct. 26, including a right-turn lane from westbound Whitestone Boulevard to Walton Way; a right-turn lane from eastbound Whitestone to Discovery Boulevard; a right-turn lane from westbound Whitestone to The Railyard Shopping Center; a right-turn lane from northbound Lakeline Boulevard to West Park Street; a right-turn lane from northbound Lakeline to Treeline Drive; and extending left- and right-turn lanes from northbound Lakeline to New Hope Drive, according to Green.
Timeline: bid for the project in 2018, construction complete by end of December 2018
Cost: $1.4 million
Funding source: 4B Board

8. Crack-sealing on Volente roads
All of Debbie and Davy drives in Volente were crack-sealed to prolong the condition of the roads. Construction on both roads took place Oct. 11 by Travis County staff.
Timeline: October 2017
Cost: waiting for county invoice
Funding source: Volente road maintenance fund

9. Metro Drive extension
Design for the extension of Metro Drive to Mel Mathis Boulevard, connecting the Leander Park & Ride Rail Station to the future Austin Community College campus and Toll 183A, was previously scheduled to be done in November. The design phase is now expected to continue until summer.
Timeline: construction begins late April (tentative)
Cost: $4.5 million
Funding source: general obligation bonds approved May 2016