First phase of Anderson Mill Road reconstruction in Cedar Park now complete

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Phase 1 of Anderson Mill Road is now complete, after more than two years of construction.

The formerly rural road—located along the southwest edge of Williamson County—has become one of the most traveled roads in Cedar Park, according to a March 5 news release from the city.

The project reconstructed the road from Whitestone Boulevard to just past Gaspar Bend. A partnership between the city of Cedar Park and Williamson County, the project began in January 2017 and was completed in early March.

A ribbon cutting commemorating the project’s completion took place March 6.

“This has been a very important project to Cedar Park,” said Cynthia Long, Williamson County Precinct 2 commissioner, at the event. “It’s an exciting project especially for folks who travel it every day.”

The first phase included making both the north and south ends of the project four lanes. The middle section was expanded to two lanes, which will be expanded to four lanes in the future, according to the city of Cedar Park’s news release.

The project also includes turn lanes at several driveways and intersections to better traffic flow, according to the statement. Lighting and sidewalks were part of the project as well.

Originally slated to be complete in spring 2018, the Anderson Mill Road project faced delays, including an extension due to a change in the project scope.

Sam Roberts, Cedar Park’s assistant city manager, said construction phasing was a challenge due to constraints of the neighboring quarry and wildlife preserve. The project was bounded on the south end by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, an endangered species preserve, and much of the remainder of the road was constrained by Lime Creek Quarry, he said.

“It was a very narrow area to work in,” Roberts said.

Construction cost $7.3 million, which was paid for through voter-approved road bond funds from Williamson County and 2015 voter-approved street and road bond funding from the city of Cedar Park, according to the release.

Roberts said the city is preparing to begin Phase 2 of the project, which is also funded by the 2015 bond program. He said construction on the next phase will likely begin in 12-15 months.

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  1. Sandeep Kalra

    Very unfortunate. They put the lives of everyone living there at risk to do this project .. They did not even did the engineering job and violated the Texas engineering standards to just hell bend for HEB and other business to gain in the future.

  2. Whoa! This project took how long? 3yrs? Sad thing about this is the City is throwing praise on how it’s complete…
    News Flash! The over weight trucks from the quarry will ruin this road meaning our tax money will repair it again…
    Anderson Mill Road project equals (Operation FAIL) once again by the city.

  3. I can’t believe how long this project took. They should’ve expanded the road into the wildlife preserve instead of getting so close to those poor people’s houses. I’m shocked it’s legal to have a road that close to housing…never seen anything like it before. I would file a lawsuit and I hope someone does. I guess human life doesn’t matter as much…

    I’d like to also point out that this article is incorrect in it’s reporting. The northern portion of Anderson Mill isn’t a complete 4 lane road. It’s 4 lanes AND 2 lanes. What a disastrous project.

    • Hello, and thank you for your comment! I’m Abby Bora, editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition.

      Please note that the article states the northern part of the road project is four lanes and the southern part of the road project is four lanes, but the central portion is two lanes. This is in reference to the road project itself (phase 1), not the entire roadway.

      Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

      Sincerely,
      Abby Bora
      abora@communityimpact.com

  4. I sorry but in my humble opinion there should be a freeway all the way around Lake Travis. With a Bridge across Lake Travis. It is a two hour slug fest drive from Lago down 1431 to Anderson Mill to 620 to Bee Cave .. Who’s in charge of the big picture on the CATX traffic anyway? This Anderson Mill Project should have been completed in 1999. Pray for flying cars.

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Marisa Charpentier
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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