7 transportation updates for Cedar Park-Leander for October 2019

East Street construction

East Street construction



Ongoing Projects


1. Metro Drive extension
Construction on a project extending Metro Drive from the Capital Metro Leander Station to Mel Mathis Boulevard began in July. Construction is expected to last until the end of May, according to Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu.
Timeline: July-May
Cost: $3.8 million
Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds








2. RM 2243 repaving
A project on RM 2243 repaves the road from US 13 to Weir Ranch Road. The project is mostly complete and just in need of final striping, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Brad Wheelis. The project is expected to be complete in October, according to Wheelis.
Timeline: August-October
Cost: $1.31 million
Funding source: TxDOT





Recent Updates


3. Brushy Creek Regional Trail connection
The city of Cedar Park has been in the process of adding missing parts of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail System. This project is taking place at  A Brushy Creek Lake Park, B Twin Lakes Park and C Little Elm Trail. The project is expected to be complete by late October, according to city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. While most of the sections are open to the public, the final section of Little Elm Trail west of Bell Boulevard should be open by mid-October while remaining cleanup takes place, according to Huerta.
Timeline: January-October
Cost: $285,000 (construction only)
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)








4. Bicycle Lane Phase 1A
Bicycle lanes are being expanded on four Cedar Park roads. The Bicycle Lane Phase 1A project adds 47,000 feet of bicycle lanes to existing pavement on  A Brushy Creek Road, B Little Elm Trail,  C New Hope Drive and  D Buttercup Creek Boulevard. Design of the bike lanes is complete, according to Huerta. The city is now evaluating contractor proposals.
Timeline: fall 2019
Cost: $350,000
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board)






Upcoming Projects


5. East Street construction
The project constructs a two-lane road from RM 2243 to Hero Way, with parallel parking on both sides of the street. The city plans to seek bids on the project in early 2020. The project should take 15 months to construct, according to Neu.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $3,223,617
Funding source: city of Leander






6. Raider Way and East Woodview Drive improvements
The city of Leander has plans for a project aimed to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School. The project includes widening Raider Way from East Woodview Drive to East Crystal Falls Parkway and East Woodview from Toll 183A to Raider to four lanes. The city is in the process of acquiring rights of way, and construction is expected to start early 2020.
Timeline: TBD
Cost $7.86 million
Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds








7. Crystal Falls Parkway sidewalks
The city of Leander is preparing to complete sidewalk gaps along Crystal Falls Parkway between Glass and Overland drives. Leander City Council voted in January to have engineering firm Binkley & Barfield design, bid and provide construction administration services on the project. Plans for the project are still under review by the city.
Timeline: TBD
Cost: $274,000
Funding source: Leander general fund


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.



MOST RECENT

August home sales in Leander decreased 28.8% from Aug. 2020. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Home sales increased in Cedar Park, slowed in Leander in August compared to 2020 data

August home sales in Leander decreased 29% from August 2020. In Cedar Park, sales increased 21% last month.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers to open Leander restaurant

The burger joint is scheduled to open in mid-2022.

 Busy Nurse's Station In Modern Hospital
Williamson County seeking input on community health needs

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is holding two focus group sessions through September with the goal of collecting public feedback on community health needs throughout the county.

graphic
DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

A volunteer unloads food from a truck during the Central Texas Food Bank's April 4 event to feed families in need at Nelson Field in Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank delivering boxes of food directly to homes through 2021

Some families will be eligible to have boxes with food for 25 meals delivered by Amazon.

Former LISD board member Jim MacKay was elected in 2016 as Place 5 representative and reelected in 2020. (Courtesy/Leander ISD)
Former Leander ISD school board member writes email explaining his resignation

Former Leander ISD board member Jim MacKay cites his disapproval of the board's handling of reading material selection as his reason for resigning.

Voting location
Early voting dates, polling locations approved for Williamson County

Early voting for the upcoming election will take place Oct. 18-Oct. 29.