TRANSPORTATION UPDATES

TRANSPORTATION UPDATES


 

TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Municipal Drive widening/extension[/caption]




1. Municipal Drive widening/extension


In October, Leander ISD and the city of Leander plan to finish the extension and widening of Municipal Drive between Bagdad Road and South West Drive near the newly opened Camacho Elementary School.


Timeline: fall 2014-
October 2015
Cost: $6.9 million
Funding sources: Leander ISD, city of Leander ($2.5 million reimbursement)



2. Old FM 2243 widening


Leander City Council is expected to approve a construction bid in October for a project to widen Old FM 2243 from two to five lanes between US 183 and North Lakeline Boulevard. On Aug. 6, City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Williamson County for the 18-month project. The work will likely begin in December or early 2016 and will include conversion of drainage ditches to storm sewers. Crews will add turn lanes for businesses and cross streets.


Timeline: December 2015-spring 2017
Cost: $24 million (estimated)
Funding sources: city of Leander, Williamson County (50 percent or up to $9.15 million)



 


TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Cypress Creek Road/Lakeline Boulevard turn lanes[/caption]

3. Cypress Creek Road/Lakeline Boulevard turn lanes


At the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Lakeline Boulevard, crews are extending dual left-turn lanes on north- and southbound Lakeline. Construction also includes widening existing left- and right-turn lanes and adding medians and two new right-turn lanes each on east- and westbound Cypress Creek. The city-led project is meant to improve traffic efficiency and will also relocate sidewalks and streetlights. Updates are occasionally posted on www.cedarparktexas.gov/construction.


Timeline: June-January 2016
Cost: $2.2 million
Funding sources: city of Cedar Park, Williamson County



4. East Whitestone Boulevard pass-through project


Construction delays have postponed the completion of a project to rebuild the intersection of East Whitestone Boulevard and Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard into a partial continuous-flow intersection. The project was originally scheduled to be complete in December and has a revised finished date of June. As of Oct. 1 the project was about 40 percent complete. In fall, engineers plan to switch westbound traffic on a segment of Whitestone to new lanes so workers can begin construction on Whitestone’s south side. When the project is finished, Whitestone will be widened from four to six lanes between Market Street and CR 175/Sam Bass Road and will have longer turn lanes at the road’s intersections with Toro Grande Drive, Raley Road and Sam Bass.


Timeline: August 2014-June 2016
Cost: $22 million
Funding sources: city of Cedar Park (Texas Department of Transportation will reimburse 80 percent of actual construction costs), Williamson County



5. Toll 183A/US 183 intersection


The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is rebuilding the intersection of Toll 183A and US 183 in Leander. The project is intended to give drivers safer turn lanes and includes roadway widening, new sidewalks and signals as well as improvements to signals and drainage. Road crews have added a tie-in for future construction of a new intersecting street, Bryson Ridge Trail. Updates about the project are occasionally posted at
www.mobilityauthority.com.


Timeline: November 2014-late fall 2015
Cost: $5.8 million
Funding sources: Mobility Authority, Crescent Communities



6. North Bagdad Road widening


Leander City Council plans to solicit bids this year for a project to widen Bagdad Road from two to five lanes between Old FM 2243 and CR 280. The work will likely begin by spring and is intended to anticipate more development in northwest Leander, including the new Tom Glenn High School, which is expected to open on Bagdad in time for the fall 2017-18 school year.


Timeline: spring 2016-fall 2017
Cost: $13 million (estimated)
Funding sources: city of Leander, Williamson County (50 percent or up to $4.9 million)



7. West Whitestone Boulevard center turn lane


TxDOT is adding a center turn lane on Whitestone Boulevard for about 1.4 miles between Anderson Mill and Bagdad roads. As of Oct. 1 the project was about 70 percent complete.


Timeline: April 2014-fall 2015
Cost: $4.8 million
Funding sources: TxDOT


TRANSPORTATION UPDATES

By Stephen Burnett
Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.


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