Leander Council mulls name change from Old FM 2243 to Hero Way

Leander City Council could vote to rename Old FM 2243 west of US 183, changing the entire road within the city limits to Hero Way.

On Nov. 6, City Council voted 5-1 to begin the name-change process. Place 2 Councilwoman Kristen Lynch cast the only no vote, and Place 3 Councilman Simon Garcia was absent.

The city plans to send letters before January to residents and businesses on Old FM 2243, notifying them of the possible name change and inviting feedback. If the name is changed, the U.S. Postal Service would still deliver mail to Old FM 2243 addresses for up to a year, city staffers said.

Tom Yantis, city director of development services, said city staffers appreciated residents' 2013 feedback for a proposal that was later approved to rename CR 273 to Mel Mathis Parkway.

The city has yet to outline a schedule for meetings about the proposed Hero Way renaming. City staffers said the city's goal is to move toward giving single names to continuous sections of road in order to help improve emergency service response times. Leander also typically renames county roads within areas that have been annexed to the city, staffers said.

Between the city limit west of US 183 the road is named Old FM 2243, and west of the city limit the road becomes Nameless Road. To the east of US 183, Leander and Williamson County in 2011 broke ground on Hero Way to link US 183 with Toll 183A. The 1.13-mile extension cost about $6.6 million and opened in March 2013.

The city has already budgeted its portion of a project that would expand Old FM 2243 to four lanes between the yet-uncompleted North Lakeline Boulevard extension and US 183. Work could begin in spring 2015 on the project that is expected to cost $20 million, which could be split between the city and Williamson County.

This story has been updated from its original version.