TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Cedar Park celebrates Bell Boulevard realignment
BY CLAIRE SHOOP
LIME CREEK RD.
Cedar Park City Council members, sta and stakeholders gathered May 6 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Bell Boulevard realignment project. The $27 million transportation project moved a section of Bell to the alignment of Old US 183 between Buttercup Creek Boulevard/Brushy Creek Road and Park Street. Addi- tionally, it upgraded the section into a four-lane divided roadway with raised medians, shared-use paths and landscaping improvements. Former Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said the need for the Bell realignment project came from community con- cerns about trac and safety on the old road—including a high number of driveways on the road and a former six-way intersection at Bell, Butter- cup/Brushy Creek and Old US 183. Construction began in October 2020, and cars were redirected to the new alignment in August 2021. The Texas Department of Transportation
ANDERSON MILL RD.
Anderson Mill Road reconstruction Phase 2 design of Anderson Mill Road reconstruction in Cedar Park is almost complete. From Cypress Creek Road to Zeppelin Drive and from Gaspar Bend to Whitestone Boulevard, the road will be widened from two to four lanes, and existing lanes will be repaved. Timeline: TBD Cost: TBD Funding sources: design (city of Cedar Park), construction (TBD)
This drone photo from spring 2022 shows the realignment of Bell Boulevard in Cedar Park. (Courtesy Kevin Riley and John Cummins, city of Cedar Park)
REALIGNMENT OVERVIEW A $27 million project moved a section of Bell Boulevard to the Old US 183 alignment and upgraded the roadway. SOURCE: CITY OF CEDAR PARKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
declared the project substantially complete in December 2021. The last step in the project will be paving a nal asphalt layer, which city leaders said will take place in June once night-time temperatures remain above a certain point. The project was funded by a 2015 voter-approved bond that allocated $63 million for roads. The realign- ment was outlined in the 2015 Bell Boulevard Master Plan, which also calls for the creation of the $350 million mixed-use Bell District.
BUTTERCUP CREEK BLVD.
Whitestone Boulevard improvements Design work to widen Whitestone Boulevard from New Hope Drive to Bagdad Road in Cedar Park from four to six lanes began in April. The design also includes raised medians, a new curb, street lighting and intersection improvements. Timeline: design (April 2022-summer 2024), construction (TBD) Cost: TBD Funding sources: design and right-of- way acquisition (city of Cedar Park), construction (TBD)
Work to resurface US 183 through Northwest Austin kicks o
BY JENNIFER SCHAEFER
prepare for roadway resurfacing as part of the 183 North Mobility Project. According to the release, closures are occurring nightly from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Mondays through Thurs- days and 9 p.m.-8 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The work began south- bound on US 183 and will continue in 2-mile
segments. Night lighting is being used, and the noise level is anticipated to stay within guidelines. This rst step in the resurfacing process—called Next Generation Surface Grinding—aids skid resis- tance, promotes better drainage, and makes the roadway level, according to the release.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Author- ity is staging rolling lane closures on US 183 between RM 620 and MoPac from late April through the next several months, according to a release from the authority. The closures facilitate pavement grinding to
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF MAY 12. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT LCPNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.
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