New Hope Drive extension open and 11 other November transportation updates in Cedar Park and Leander

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Here are 12 transportation updates from Leander and Cedar Park in the month of November.

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. The RM 1431 Gap Project widens the roadway to six lanes from Market Street to Cottonwood Creek Trail. The Texas Department of Transportation is funding the
$12.8 million project.
Timeline: February 2017-spring 2019

2. Bagdad Road is being expanded to five lanes from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway, and three lanes north to Collaborative Way. The $8.2 million project is funded by the city of Leander and Williamson County.
Timeline: April 2017-April 2019

3. Phase 1 of the city of Cedar Park’s Anderson Mill Road realignment is expected to be complete in November, according to the city website. The $7 million project is financed by the city of Cedar Park and Williamson County.
Timeline: January 2017-November 2018

RECENT UPDATES

4. New Hope Drive extension
Drivers may now travel on New Hope Drive between Cottonwood Creek Trail and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Construction of two westbound lanes on New Hope remains between Arrow Point Drive and Cottonwood Creek, city spokesperson Jennie Huerta said.
Timeline: August 2017-October 2018
Cost: $7.8 million
Funding source: city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program

5. North Brushy Street streetscape
North Brushy Street streetscape improvements will feature the reconstruction of two blocks of the street, sidewalks, landscaping, the installation of a storm drainage system and more, according to the city’s website. Leander spokesperson Mike Neu said efforts are underway to be substantially complete with the project by Nov. 30, although weather delays resulted in the city becoming unsure of a completion date.
Timeline: June-TBD
Cost: $1.9 million
Funding source: city of Leander’s general obligation bonds

6. Guardrail improvements on US 183
Repairs and upgrades on guardrails to increase safety in Williamson County began in late October, said Bradley Wheelis, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is expected to take three months to complete, he said. Champion Infrastructure LLC is completing the project, which includes a portion of US 183 in Cedar Park.
Timeline: November-February
Cost: $1.2 million
Funding source: federal funds

7. Cedar Park 2018 arterial overlay capital improvements project
The city of Cedar Park completed paving on Nov. 6 on:  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; GWalton Way from Whitestone to US 183; H. Lakeline from Whitestone to Treeline Drive; and I. Lakeline from New Hope Drive to the northern city limits, according to city documents and Huerta. Striping is expected to be done by Nov. 20, Huerta said.
Timeline: July-October
Cost: $1.54 million
Funding source: city of Cedar Park’s bond program

UPCOMING PROJECTS

8. San Gabriel Parkway extension
The San Gabriel Parkway extension project in Leander is divided into several phases and will ultimately connect the road from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The first phase features the construction of a four-lane divided road in the central portion of the project with a roundabout at Logan Del Way. Phase 1 of the project is funded through the city of Leander’s general obligation bonds and the developer of the Palmera subdivision, which is expected to pay $1.37 million. Leander City Council awarded the construction contract for Phase 1 to C.C. Carlton Industries at a meeting Nov. 1.
Timeline: winter 2018-summer 2019 (first phase)
Cost: $1.56 million (first phase, city’s cost only)
Funding source: city of Leander’s general obligation bonds

9. Town Center pedestrian bridge and pathway improvements
A project taking place in Cedar Park’s Town Center will create 2,050 feet of a 10-foot-wide concrete sidewalk and a 140-foot-long, 10-foot-wide pedestrian bridge over Spanish Oak Creek. City Council authorized an agreement with Q.A. Construction Services Nov. 8 for the construction of the project.
Timeline: construction begins early 2019
Cost: $385,000 (construction only)
Funding source: city of Cedar Park 4B Board

10. Parmer Lane expansion
A future project on Parmer Lane from RM 1431 to SH 45 N is intended to minimize traffic congestion on the roadway. The project is proposed to feature an expansion of Parmer from four to six lanes, improve the intersections with new turn lanes, and offer sidewalks and a bicycle and pedestrian path connecting to Brushy Creek Regional Trail, according to TxDOT’s website. Preliminary design and environmental studies are being conducted 2018-19, Wheelis said.
Timeline: construction is expected to start in 2022
Cost: $45.8 million
Funding sources: city of Austin mobility bond funds and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization funding

11. Raider Way and E. Woodview Drive improvements
In an effort to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School, Raider Way and East Woodview Drive are slated to receive improvements starting in spring 2019. The project includes widening the roads to four lanes with curb, gutter, sidewalks, turn lanes and other improvements, Neu said. At a Leander City Council meeting Oct. 4, City Manager Kent Cagle said plans for the improvements were around 70 percent complete.
Timeline: construction expected to begin spring 2019
Cost: $7.86 million
Funding source: city of Leander general obligation bonds

12. CR 272 repairs
In May 2015 the low-water crossing of CR 272 at Brushy Creek closed due to flooding, and it has remained closed since then. Cedar Park City Council voted Oct. 4, and Williamson County commissioners voted Oct. 16, to enter an interlocal agreement for improvements on the road, including the reconstruction of the water crossing, according to Williamson County documents. Cedar Park is also annexing the entire road.
Timeline: design begins this year; construction complete by end of 2019
Cost: $800,000
Funding sources: Williamson County, city of Cedar Park

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