Anderson Mill Road realignment delayed and 10 more transportation updates for October in Cedar Park and Leander

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In the October edition of Community Impact Newspaper’s Cedar Park | Leander, the transportation updates section was increased to include nearly twice as many projects.

Learn about several upcoming or current transportation projects, including local trails and roadways, below.

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. The Bagdad Road project expands the section of the road from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway from two lanes to five. The five lanes will merge into three lanes north of San Gabriel until Collaborative Way. Construction is continuing from San Gabriel to Collaborative. Williamson County and the city of Leander are funding the $8.2 million project.
Estimated timeline: April 2017-April 2019

2. Construction continues on the streetscape project on North Brushy Street in Old Town Leander. The project will add improvements such as sidewalks and landscaping. The road will be closed until December. Customers of North Brushy businesses can park at the City Hall parking lot. City of Leander general obligation bonds fund the $1.9 million project.
Estimated timeline: 
June 2018-January 2019

RECENT UPDATES

3. Anderson Mill Road realignment Phase 1
The road’s reconstruction in Cedar Park is now expected to be complete by mid-November, city of Cedar Park spokesperson Jennie Huerta said. Anderson Mill is being reconstructed from Whitestone Boulevard to south of Gaspar Bend.
Timeline: January 2017-November 2018
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: city of Cedar Park and Williamson County

 

4. RM 1431 Gap Project
Expanding RM 1431 between Market Street and Cottonwood Creek Trail from four to six lanes to match RM 1431’s six-lane section from Sam Bass Road to Market is still underway. The next traffic switch is expected to occur in late October, splitting traffic for construction of a central median.
Timeline: February 2017-March/April 2019
Cost: $12.8 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

5. New Hope Drive extension
The Cedar Park roadway is being extended from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. It was previously expected to be open to Ronald Reagan in early September, but completion of the project is now estimated to be done by mid-October, Huerta said. Once open construction will remain on two westbound lanes on New Hope from Cottonwood Creek east to Arrow Point Drive. In the meantime the planned eastbound lanes will be used for both east and westbound traffic.
Timeline: August 2017-October 2018
Cost: $7.8 million
Funding source: city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program

6. Guardrail improvements
Repairs and upgrades will be made to existing metal-beam guard fences in Williamson County at locations along a portion of US 183 plus sections of SS 158, US 79, FM 1331 and FM 734, according to TxDOT spokesperson Brad Wheelis. The project, which will be completed by Champion Infrastructure LLC, is intended to increase safety.
Timeline: work could start in October or November
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding source: federally funded

7. Cedar Park 2018 arterial overlay capital improvements project
The project is expected to be complete in October and includes the street surface removal and repavement of A. Discovery Boulevard between US 183 and Whitestone Boulevard; B. Quest Parkway from Whitestone to Discovery; C. Prize Oaks Drive from Whitestone to Cedar Park Drive; D. Prize Oaks from Cedar Park Drive to West Park Street; E. Cypress Creek Road from El Sol Drive to a location southwest of the intersection with Lakeline Boulevard; F. Cypress Creek from Nelson Ranch Road to US 183; G. Walton Way from Whitestone to US 183; H. Lakeline from Whitestone to Treeline Drive; and I. Lakeline from New Hope Drive to Cedar Park’s northern city limits, according to city documents.
Timeline: July-October
Cost: $1.54 million
Funding source: city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program

UPCOMING PROJECTS

8. RM 1431 reconstruction
TxDOT is proposing to reconstruct RM 1431 to a six-lane divided section from Sam Bass Road to I-35, according to Wheelis. The project is in the preliminary planning stage and has not yet been funded. The cost could change as the project is further defined.
Timeline: to be decided
Cost: estimated: $51.6 million
Funding source: To be decided

9. San Gabriel Parkway extension
The design and extension project on San Gabriel Parkway is slated to turn the road into a four-lane divided roadway and extend it from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The project includes a roundabout design at Logan Del Way and San Gabriel and a potential roundabout at a western area of San Gabriel and CR 270.
Timeline: deadline for final design is Nov. 1
Cost: $4.7 million
Funding source: general obligation bonds

10. Brushy Creek Regional Trail connection project
A request for proposals closed Sept. 28 for a trail project in the city of Cedar Park. The project is set to construct five missing pathway sections of the trail system including A. one at Brushy Creek Lake Park, B. at Twin Lakes Park and  C. along Little Elm Trail, according to city documents. Approximately $290,000 of the total cost will be eligible for federal funding reimbursement, according to Huerta.
Timeline: late 2018-spring 2019
Cost: approximately $450,000
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board)

11. Metro Drive extension
The project will extend Metro Drive from the Capital Metro Leander Station to Mel Mathis Boulevard. The cost has increased from $3.7 million to $3.8 million to cover the cost of construction of a hybrid pedestrian beacon, according to Mike Neu, the city of Leander’s public information officer. A start date has yet to be established.
Timeline: to be decided
Cost: $3.8 million
Funding source: general obligation bonds

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Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.
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