11 transportation updates from Cedar Park, Leander for March 2019

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Here are 11 updates on transportation projects in Leander and Cedar Park from March.

Ongoing projects

1. Improvements to the North Brushy Street streetscape include reconstruction of two blocks of the street. The project is expected to be completed by May at the latest, though drivers are expected to be able to drive on it earlier, according to city spokesperson Mike Neu. The $1.9 million project is being paid for through general obligation bonds.
Timeline:  
June 2018-May 2019

2.  The New Hope Drive extension project includes the construction of four lanes from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. A  portion of the roadway has been opened on New Hope between Cottonwood Creek and Ronald Reagan. The $7.8 million project is funded by the city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program.
Timeline: 
August 2017- March/April 2019

Recent updates

3. Bagdad Road expansion
The Leander roadway is being expanded to five lanes from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway. It is also being expanded to three lanes north from San Gabriel Parkway to Collaborative Way. Previously planned to be completed in April, Neu said recent wet weather has delayed the project, but the summer is a safe window of time for completion.
Timeline: April 2017-summer 2019
Cost: $8.2 million
Funding sources: city of Leander, Williamson County

4. Town Center pedestrian bridge and pathway improvements
The project creates 2,050 feet of concrete sidewalk and a 140-foot-long pedestrian bridge on Spanish Oak Creek in Cedar Park next to the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Construction began at the end of December starting with the new sidewalk and is expected to be finished in the summer, according to Cedar Park city spokesperson Jennie Huerta.
Timeline: December 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $385,000 (construction only)
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board)

5. Anderson Mill Road reconstruction
Phase 1 of the Anderson Mill Road reconstruction project realigns Anderson Mill from RM 1431 to just beyond Gaspar Bend in Cedar Park. The road project, which faced multiple delays since its inception, was substantially complete Jan. 31, according to Huerta. A ribbon cutting commemorating the completion took place March 6.
Timeline: January 2017-March 2019
Cost: $7.3 million
Funding sources: city of Cedar Park, Williamson County

6. Brushy Creek Regional Trail connection project
The project will add missing parts of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail system at  Brushy Creek Lake Park,  Twin Lakes Park and  Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park, according to city documents. Construction that began in January at Brushy Creek Lake Park is continuing, according to Huerta. This section is expected to be complete the first week of March, and construction has not yet begun at other locations, according to Huerta.
Timeline: January-May
Cost: $285,113 (construction only)
Funding sources: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board) with federal reimbursement

7. Guardrail improvements
A project is underway to repair and upgrade guardrails in Williamson County, including on US 183. A couple locations are complete, including from SH 29 to the Burnet County line, according to Brad Wheelis, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation. The section from New Hope Drive to South Lakeline Boulevard is currently being upgraded at night, according to Wheelis.
Timeline: October 2018-summer 2019
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding source: federal funds

8. Crystal Falls Parkway sidewalks
Leander City Council voted to allow the engineering firm Binkley & Barfield Inc. to design, bid and provide construction administration services to complete sidewalk gaps along Crystal Falls Parkway during a Jan. 17 meeting. The sidewalks will be filled between Glass and Overland drives. Neu said a broad timeline for project completion is 8-10 months. The additions are the first in a yearly project to address sidewalk gaps in the city as budgets allow, according to city documents.
Timeline: January-September
Cost: $274,000
Funding source: city of Leander’s general fund

Upcoming projects

9. RM 2243 repaving
A project on RM 2243 from US 183 to west of Weir Ranch Road involves repaving the road. Lane closures will occur when the project begins, according to Wheelis. Construction is expected to begin in the summer.
Timeline: summer 2019-winter 2019/2020
Cost: $1.31 million (construction only)
Funding source: federal funds

10. Raider Way and East Woodview Drive improvements
The project aims to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School in Leander. The project includes widening the roads to four lanes with sidewalks, turn lanes and more. The city is reviewing plans for the project that are 95 percent complete, according to Neu.
Timeline: June 2019-end of 2020
Cost: $7.86 million
Funding source: city of Leander general obligation bonds

11. Bicycle Lane Phase 1A project
Bicycle lands will be expanded on four Cedar Park roads this year. The additions are part of the first phase in a project aimed at making the city more bike-friendly. The Bicycle Lane Phase 1A project adds about 47,000 feet of bicycle lanes to existing pavement on  Brushy Creek Road,  Little Elm Trail,  New Hope Drive and   Buttercup Creek Boulevard, according to city documents. City Council voted unanimously Feb. 28 to have the city go forward with an agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for the engineering, design and related services for this first phase.
Timeline: estimated completion at the end of 2019
Cost: $350,000
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board)

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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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