Williamson County bond money could help fund Cedar Park's top transportation projects

Cedar Park City Council will narrow down a list of 20 top transportation projects to three that will be considered for Williamson County financial support.

A Williamson County bond committee held its first meeting April 10 to discuss the possibility of a bond election. Williamson County has asked cities to submit three project proposals by May 3 for consideration if and when the county decides to hold a bond election, which—if approved—could provide between $225 million and $250 million for transportation projects throughout the county, said Sam Roberts, Cedar Park assistant city manager.

The county also asked each city to submit proposals for three top parks projects that require financial assistance, he said. City Council will formally approve the list of submitted parks and transportation projects at its April 25 meeting.

Projects deemed "shovel-ready" are likely to garner more consideration, Roberts said. The city uses a matrix to rank transportation projects, basing the results on eight categories: mobility improvements, economic development, accident frequency, emergency access, grant or joint funding ability, ease and cost of right of way acquisition, environmental requirements, and pedestrian and bike enhancements.

The top five road projects—three top projects, plus two alternatives—include:

FM 1431 "gap" project, a $17.7 million expansion from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard

New Hope Drive, a $11.2 million extension from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard

Little Elm Trail, connect from Lakeline Boulevard to US 183—cost undetermined

New Hope Drive, a $16.3 million extension from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road

Anderson Mill Road, an $11.9 million expansion from FM 1431 to Lime Creek Road

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.