Cedar Park City Council chooses transportation projects for consideration in potential Williamson County bond election

The RM 1431 Gap Project is currently underway in Cedar Park. The city of Cedar Park is proposing a project widening RM 1431, or Whitestone Boulevard, from Bagdad Road to Anderson Mill Road be included in a possible November bond election.

The RM 1431 Gap Project is currently underway in Cedar Park. The city of Cedar Park is proposing a project widening RM 1431, or Whitestone Boulevard, from Bagdad Road to Anderson Mill Road be included in a possible November bond election.

The city of Cedar Park will submit road projects and a trail connection project for consideration in a possible Williamson County roads and parks bond election.

The projects include widening Whitestone Boulevard, extending Toro Grande Boulevard, widening Brushy Creek Road and extending the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.

Williamson County is considering a roads and parks bond election for November. The Williamson County Citizen’s Bond Committee has asked Cedar Park and other cities to provide their top three transportation projects and any regional trail connectivity projects they want the county to consider including.

After receiving information from cities, the Citizens Bond Committee and Williamson County staff will make recommendations to the Williamson County Commissioners Court on the need for a bond election and its potential financial size. The commissioners will then decide if they want to call a November bond election.

Matt Powell, a representative for Precinct 2 on the Citizens Bond Committee and former mayor of Cedar Park, told the Cedar Park City Council during a meeting April 11 that when choosing which projects to include in the bond, emphasis will be put on regional projects, meaning projects that aim to connect cities or activity centers within the county.

Cedar Park voted unanimously to submit the following projects for consideration during a meeting April 11:

Roads
• Widening Whitestone Boulevard from Bagdad Road to Anderson Mill Road to a six lane divided roadway. The city is recommending the county pay 50% of a $7.3 million project to get the road “shovel ready,” which is expected to be complete in 2023, according to city documents.
• Extending Toro Grande Boulevard from Parmer Lane to Whitestone Boulevard with a four-lane divided road. The city is recommending the county pay 50% of the $7.3 million project is expected to be complete in 2022-23.
•Widening Brushy Creek Road from Arrowhead Trail to Ranch Trails with a traffic signal at Ranch Trails. The city is recommending the county pay for 50% of the project, which is expected to cost $5.5 million and anticipated to be complete in 2022.
Trail
• Extending Brushy Creek Regional Trail to Lakeline Park. The project extends the trail from north of the YMCA to the future Lakeline Park with a pedestrian bridge across Bell Boulevard. The city is recommending the county pay for 50% of the $2.5 million project, which is anticipated to be complete in 2022.

Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale was absent from the meeting.
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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