11 updates on transportation projects in Cedar Park and Leander for December

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Learn about current construction projects on roads and trails in Cedar Park and Leander with these 11 December updates.

ONGOING PROJECTS

1. San Gabriel Parkway
The San Gabriel Parkway extension will connect San Gabriel from CR 270 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The first phase includes construction of a four-lane divided road in the central part of the project with a roundabout at Logan Del Way. Funding for Phase 1, which costs the city $1.56 million, comes from Leander’s general obligation bonds.
Estimated timeline: November 2018-summer 2019 (first phase)

2. US 183
A project to repair and upgrade guardrails in Williamson County, including on US 183, began in late October. A couple of locations are complete, according to Brad Wheelis, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation. The $1.2 million project is paid for through federal funds.
Estimated timeline: 
October 2018-spring 2019

RECENT UPDATES

3. RM 1431 Gap Project
The RM 1431 Gap Project widens the roadway to six lanes from Market Street to Cottonwood Creek Trail. The outside lanes are now complete, and work is currently being done on the middle part of the roadway, according to Wheelis.
Timeline: February 2017-spring 2019
Cost: $12.8 million
Funding source: TxDOT

4. Anderson Mill Road reconstruction
Phase 1 of the Anderson Mill Road reconstruction project realigns Anderson Mill from 1431 south to Gaspar Bend. While construction was expected to be complete in November, the road is now expected to be complete in January, according to Jennie Huerta, spokesperson for the city of Cedar Park.
Timeline: January 2017-January 2019
Cost: $7 million
Funding sources: city of Cedar Park, Williamson County

5. New Hope Drive extension
The New Hope Drive extension project includes the construction of four lanes from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard, installation of street lighting, installation of a signal at the Ronald Reagan intersection and more, according to the city of Cedar Park’s website. A portion of the new roadway has been opened on New Hope between Cottonwood Creek and Ronald Reagan. Construction on two westbound lanes on New Hope remains between Arrow Point Drive and Cottonwood Creek. The project is now expected to be complete in March, according to Huerta.
Timeline: August 2017-March 2019
Cost: $7.8 million
Funding source: city of Cedar Park’s 2015 bond program

6. Bagdad Road expansion
Bagdad Road is being expanded to five lanes from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway and three lanes north from San Gabriel Parkway to Collaborative Way. At a Nov. 15 Leander City Council meeting, City Engineer Wayne Watts said subgrade and base work at the intersection of Bagdad and Collaborative Way were completed Nov. 4. Watts said curbs, gutters and the first course of asphalt on northbound lanes of Bagdad are also complete, allowing traffic to return to those lanes.
Estimated timeline: April 2017-April 2019
Cost: $8.2 million
Funding sources: city of Leander, Williamson County

7. N. Brushy Street streetscaping
Improvements to the N. Brushy Street streetscape include reconstruction of two blocks of the street, construction of sidewalks and landscaping, the installation of a storm drainage system and more. At the Nov. 15 Leander City Council meeting, Watts said weather has caused delays on the project. Although the project was expected to be substantially complete by Nov. 30, Watts said efforts are underway to complete the project by Dec. 25, although weather could affect the project timeline.
Timeline: June-December
Cost: $1.9 million
Funding source: city of Leander general obligation bonds

8. Brushy Creek Regional Trail connection project
The project is set to construct missing pathway sections of the trail system including A. at Brushy Creek Lake Park, B. at Twin Lakes Park and C. along Little Elm Trail, according to city documents. At a Nov. 8 Cedar Park City Council meeting the council members voted unanimously to execute an agreement for construction with Yoko Excavating LLC for $285,113.50. The project is to receive a federal reimbursement of up to 80 percent of eligible costs. Construction is expected to begin in December.
Timeline: December 2018-spring 2019
Cost: $285,113.50 (construction only)
Funding sources: Cedar Park Community Development Co. (Type B Board) with federal reimbursement

UPCOMING PROJECTS

9. Parmer Lane expansion
A project on Parmer Lane from RM 1431 to SH 45 N 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 Parmer to Brushy Creek Regional Trail. Environmental studies are expected to be done by summer 2019 and final design will begin in 2020, said Wheelis.
Timeline: construction expected to start in 2022
Cost: $45.8 million
Funding sources: city of Austin mobility bond funds, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

10. Raider Way and E. Woodview Drive improvements
Improvements on these roads are slated for spring 2019 in an effort to improve traffic flow around Wiley Middle School and Rouse High School. The project includes widening the roads to four lanes with curb, gutter, sidewalks, turn lanes and more. The city expects nearly all design plans to begin being reviewed in December, according to city of Leander spokesperson Mike Neu.
Timeline: construction expected to begin spring 2019
Cost: $7.86 million
Funding source: city of Leander general obligation bonds

11. Town Center pedestrian bridge and pathway improvements
A project in Cedar Park’s Town Center will create 2,050 feet of concrete sidewalk and a 140-foot-long pedestrian bridge on Spanish Oak Creek. QA Construction Services Inc. will construct the project.
Timeline: construction begins early 2019
Cost: $385,000 (construction only)
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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