The City of Cedar Park has many projects that are in the planning stages, ongoing, or have been completed. Here you will find a list of these projects with additional information. Please click on the links below or scroll down.
RM 1431 Pass-Through Finance Project
Other major transportation projects
Capital Improvement Projects Status Report (includes Transportation Projects PDF and Projects at a Glance PDF)
Future Projects (includes RFP/RFQ and invitation for bid information)
RM 1431 Pass-Through Finance Project
Pictured: (Left) Storm sewer junction boxes and retaining wall, just west of County Road 272, facing east. (Right) Brushy Creek bridge widening, reinforcing steel, ready for deck pouring. February 2015, photos by Garret Bonn, Project Manager.
Update: June 18, 2015: The RM 1431 Pass Through Finance Project through the City, County and TxDOT continues. Paving operations are currently underway and traffic will be shifted to the north side of RM 1431 in mid-summer. The project will feature a continuous flow intersection (CFI) and the project is scheduled for completion by winter or early spring.
Update: February 6, 2015 We've made a lot of progress since our last update! The contractor has now completed a lot of the subgrade prep and base material work for the north side expansion. A lot of the drainage swales and driveway culvert work has been completed, and most of the north curb line has also been placed. The contractor is continuing work on storm sewer lines, water quality vaults, retaining walls, and the widening of the Brushy Creek bridge. The bridge widening should be completed in a couple of weeks and you should begin seeing pavement operations get underway within the next few weeks. You will also start seeing major work on the culverts crossing under the roadway. Some of this work will be done at night.
Update: October 27, 2014: Construction began along RM 1431 from Market Street (just west of Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road) in mid-August. Lanes were narrowed to allow the contractor space to begin the construction necessary to widen RM 1431 to a six-lane divided roadway. Unfortunately, the contractor had to reduce the dual left turn lanes from two to one, turning from RM 1431 to Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard in order to have adequate room to build the new intersection there. We have adjusted signal timing at this intersection to help compensate for the lane reduction and are closely monitoring traffic patterns there - especially during peak rush hour traffic. We will make adjustments to the signal timing as necessary. However, drivers should expect slightly longer wait times. In order to avoid delays, you may choose to use an alternate route during the construction period which is expected to last through early 2016.
About the project
The Pass-Through Finance Project, which is a cooperative effort between Cedar Park, Williamson County and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot) to reconstruct and widen RM 1431 to a six-lane section between Market Street just west of Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Sam Bass Road. It is referred to as the "Pass Through Project" because of the way that TxDOT will reimburse the City of Cedar Park for the up-front construction costs via a method referred to as Pass-Through Financing.
About the Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI)
The Pass-Through Project also includes the construction of a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at the intersection of Parmer and RM 1431.
In 2012, approximately 70,000 vehicles per day were using the intersection at Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Blvd. and RM 1431. The intersection is currently operating at capacity, and as traffic volumes continue to increase it has become a congested, bottleneck location which negatively affects drivers and businesses in the area.
The CFI is an innovative intersection design which provides the best alternative to a grade separation (overpass) at this location due to the limited available right-of-way and limited access to businesses at the corners of the intersection. The CFI design services higher traffic volumes more efficiently than a conventional intersection.
A conventional intersection with increased capacity (six lanes on RM 1431) will reach peak hour capacity sooner than a CFI and peak hour delay for a CFI is reduced by 46 percent vs. conventional intersection with similar lane use characteristics in 2020. There is an annual network delay reduction of 15 percent, versus a conventional intersection with similar lane use characteristics. Ultimately, improved capacity of the CFI will result in increased service life, thereby resulting in long-term savings for taxpayers over a conventional intersection.
While some might find the CFI to be confusing at first glance, the intersection is well-marked and is actually quite easy to navigate if you follow the signage. The CFI functions similarly to a left hand exit on a freeway and will be well-marked with instructional signage for drivers. To see TxDOT's video of how to drive through a CFI, click here. To see TxDOT's video animation of the CFI to be constructed at Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard and RM 1431 click here.
Other major transportation projects
TxDOT RM 1431 Operational Improvement Project
TxDOT's improvement of RM 1431 between Bagdad Rd. and Anderson Mill, known as the TxDOT RM 1431 Operational Improvement Project, will reconstruct and widen RM 1431 to a five-lane section with a center turn lane. The anticipated completion of this project is December 2014.
RM 1431 Gap Project
The 1431 Gap Project will extend from Cottonwood Creek Trail to the western limits of the Pass-Through Project and will match the same six-lane design as the Pass-Through Project. Design is expected to be completed in May of 2015.
Bagdad Road between RM 1431 and Kettering Drive
Bagdad Road will be reconstructed between RM 1431 and Kettering Drive to include turn lanes at most major intersections and sidewalks along the entire roadway. The section of Bagdad north of New Hope Dr. has been completed and paving of the southern section is set to begin soon. This project is anticipated to be completed in December 2014.
Little Elm Trail from Bell Boulevard to Lakeline Boulevard
We’re constructing the remaining sections to complete this four-lane divided arterial. Construction plans are 95 percent complete and construction is expected to begin in late summer 2015.
Cypress Creek Road at Lakeline Boulevard intersection
We’ve constructed dual left turn lanes on Cypress Creek Road in both directions. The project is complete except final paving, which is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.
Lakeline Blvd. and Cypress Creek Road
Construction began last week on this intersection. Medians will be built on Cypress Creek Road to accommodate dual left turn lanes in both directions. Left and right turn lanes will be extended, and multiple right turn lanes will be added at existing driveways. The project is expected to be completed in January of 2016.
Anderson Mill Road
Design is underway for Phase One of this project. Phase One includes reconstruction to a two lane roadway from RM 1431 to Lime Creek Road and turn lanes for safety at intersections. Phase Two, which is one of the projects the Bond Advisory Task Force is recommending to City Council as a potential bond project, would add two lanes on the northern section, plus an additional two lanes through the Deer Creek portion.
• New Hope Road from Cottonwood to Ronald Reagan Boulevard – design is expected to begin in the next two to three months
• County Road 272 east of Ronald Reagan Blvd. – asphalt overlay
• Brushy Creek Road east of Arrowhead Trail – asphalt overlay
• Right turn lane at 1890 Ranch – design expected to begin this summer
• RM 1431 Pedestrian Pathway near BJ’s – currently under design.
Capital Improvement Projects status report
Click on the links below to see a complete list and details of other current and planned transportation projects, along with the latest overview of projects.
Transportation Projects [PDF]
Projects at a Glance [PDF]
Animation of Proposed Continuous Flow Intersection at RM 1431 and Parmer Lane