Cedar Park - Leander | July 2020

Here is a cost-share breakdown for the interlocal agreements. Projects include three road projects and one park project. SPLIT *10% OF CONSTRUCTION COSTS. REMAINDER COMES FROM REGIONAL, STATE AND FEDERAL SOURCES. **COST ESTIMATE, EXCLUDING CONSTRUCTION COSTS) SOURCE: CITY OF CEDAR PARK/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

183A TOLL FRONTAGE ROADS

RM 1431 ROADWAY PROJECT TORO GRANDE BLVD. PROJECT

PARK & TRAIL CONNECTION

CEDAR PARK 62.67%

CEDAR PARK 50%

CEDAR PARK 50%

CEDAR PARK 25%

TOTAL: $75M*

TOTAL: $8.14M**

TOTAL: $14.32M

TOTAL: $4M

WILLIAMSON COUNTY 50%

WILLIAMSON COUNTY 75%

WILLIAMSON COUNTY 50%

WILLIAMSON COUNTY 37.33%

from RM 1431 to Parmer Lane. By extending the road, the city is opening up inaccessible land to future development. “A major plus of this project is it will open up development activity for some very large, prime pieces of real estate,” Roberts said May 14. “So it will be a very good economic devel- opment attractor for that corridor.” The parks project agreement will connect Twin Lakes Park to the future Lakeline Park with a trail connec- tion. The project includes a $2.5 mil- lion pedestrian bridge over Bell with adequate clearance for large trucks to pass underneath, according to the city. The city and county will each pay Possibly the most anticipated proj- ect is the 183 Toll frontage roads from Avery Ranch Boulevard toWhitestone. The estimated $75 million project would include $7.5 million from the approved cost-share agreement. The Texas Department of Transportation will cover 20% of the project. The 2015 bond election authorization funds the city’s $4.7 million cost share. Long said this is the only section of 183A Toll that does not have front- age roads, which makes for a confus- ing drive for people unfamiliar with for half of the project. Filling in frontage roads

through,” Van Arsdale said. The project will face the Texas Trans- portationCommission inAugust, he said. Though the frontage roads survived the cut, nearby projects did not. The New Hope Drive extension project was one of the deferred proj- ects. Van Arsdale said this is a key project because it runs along the northern border of the planned Indigo Ridge development. City staff is now looking at finding money to fund the project since other projects have flexibility, he said. CAMPO deferred two other nearby projects. The Lakeline Boulevard widening project would add lanes and upgrade bicycle facilities and sidewalks. The project is sponsored by the city of Austin and is in Wil- liamson County. The RM 620 project at Anderson Mill Road would reconstruct the inter- section and add an overpass. Long, who also serves as the CAMPO board chair, said this is an important, needed project. “There was not a project on the list that wasn’t a very important project to work on. The reality was we had to come up with $633 million,” Long said.

183A Toll. The non-toll capacity will stretch the current roadway fur- ther, especially as developments are planned nearby. “The frontage roads are going to be really critical, particularly for the [planned] Dell Children’s [Hospital],” Long said. The project is not only key for the children’s hospital development, but it is estimated to reduce travel time between Avery Ranch and Whites- tone by 10 minutes during peak times, according to the city of Cedar Park. Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Ars- dale said the city has worked on the frontage roads for years, and he said it has been a difficult, expensive proj- ect. It was only approved by the Cen- tral Texas Regional Mobility Authority in the past year. “It took so long to get the permis- sions to do that, and if we didn’t get that done—who knows if it would ever get done honestly,” Van Arsdale said. Joey Montez, a Cedar Park resident, said he uses the toll roads to commute to work. His commute could take up to an hour in traffic, and he exclu- sively uses toll roads, including 183A Toll and SH 45 N, to get in, out and around Cedar Park. More toll roads and access roads, like the planned frontage roads, would be a help in easing traffic congestion,

Montez said. Montez said more transit options would be helpful for other Austin commuters. As the city grows, more rail options and maybe busing would accommodate increasing numbers of commuters. Funding shifts defer projects On June 8, CAMPO’s Transporta- tion Policy Board deferred $633 mil- lion from the organization’s current budget to afford the $4.3 billion I-35 project in Central Austin. Deferred projects were not per- manently defunded by CAMPO, but projects will now wait for the next round of funding. A timeline of future funding is unknown and dependent on federal and state funding, Long said. Van Arsdale said the 183A Toll frontage road project was the most expensive project on the list of proj- ects under consideration for defer- ral. Van Arsdale, who is a CAMPO board member, said the $75 million project could fund 20 or 30 smaller projects, so Austin and Travis County members were targeting the Cedar Park frontage road project. “But it’s a high priority for [the Texas Department of Transportation]. It’s a high-priority project. It had a lot of support legislatively. So we got it

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