6 transportation updates from the Cedar Park and Leander area for June 2019

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Ongoing Projects

  1. RM 1431 Gap Project

The RM 1431 Gap Project expands RM 1431 between Market Street and Cottonwood Creek Trail. The road is being expanded from four lanes to six lanes. The contractor began the final paving on the project in May, according to TxDOT spokesperson Brad Wheelis. After the overlay is done, the contractor will place the pavement markings, which are expected to be complete by late June if weather permits.
Timeline: February 2017-June 2019
Cost: $12.8 million
Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

2. Bagdad Road

Bagdad Road  in Leander is being expanded to five lanes from Hero Way West to San Gabriel Parkway. It is also being expanded from San Gabriel Parkway to Collaborative Way to three lanes. Though the project was previously expected to be complete in April, wet weather led to delays, according to Leander city spokesperson Mike Neu. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July, according to Neu. Remaining tasks include sidewalks, revegetation, and final paving and striping, according to Neu.
Timeline: April 2017-July 2019
Cost: $8.2 million
Funding sources: city of Leander and Williamson County

Recent Updates

3. North Brushy Street streetscape

Improvements to North Brushy Street in Leander’s Old Town District includes the reconstruction of two blocks of the street. The road opened to traffic mid-June, though drivers may experience periodic short-term closures to install streetlights and remove old utility lines and poles, according to Neu. The project was expected to be completed in May, but wet weather led to delays.
Timeline: June 2018-June 2019
Cost: $1.9 million
Funding source: general obligation bonds

4. Brushy Creek Regional Trail connection

The project adds missing parts of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail System in Cedar Park in three locations: A) Brushy Creek Lake Park B) Twin Lakes Park and C) Little Elm Trail. Construction at Brushy Creek Lake Park is substantially complete, and the section on Little Elm Trail on both sides of Bell Boulevard is currently being constructed, according to Cedar Park city spokesperson Jennie Huerta. Construction on the entire project should be completed by the end of August.
Timeline: January-August
Cost: $285,000 (construction only)
Funding sources: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board) with federal reimbursement

5. Town Center Pedestrian Bridge and pathway improvements

The project includes a 140-foot-long pedestrian bridge and 2,050 feet of concrete sidewalk next to the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Construction is now substantially complete, and the bridge is open, according to Huerta. Minor cleanup and revegetation are continuing in the area.
Timeline: December-May
Cost: $385,000 (construction only)
Funding source: Cedar Park Community Development Corp. (Type B Board)

Upcoming Project

6. Metro Drive extension

The project extends Metro Drive from the Capital Metro Leander Station to Mel Mathis Boulevard. The cost increased in 2018 from $3.7 million to $3.8 million to cover the cost of a hybrid pedestrian beacon. Construction on the project may start in July, according to Neu. The project is estimated to be complete by the end of December, according to Neu.
Timeline: July-December
Cost: $3.8 million
Funding source: Leander general obligation bonds

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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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