New Hope Drive Extension officially open
City, County "cut the ribbon" on project that provides additional east-west route.
The City of Cedar Park and Williamson County officially “cut the ribbon” on another joint project: the New Hope Drive extension from Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The event took place the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
The New Hope Drive extension provides additional capacity for east-west traffic through the City of Cedar Park and gives greater access to what has become one of our major technology centers in Cedar Park, the La Jaita and Arrow Point Business Parks.
Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said, “This project will take the pressure off of RM 1431 and help people get around Cedar Park a lot easier. This was a partnership with the County and we paid for this with our voter-approved 2015 bond package. It’s always nice when the City and County can get together and solve problems.”
The new road is a four lane major arterial, divided roadway with raised median, a ten-foot wide shared use path, street lighting, a traffic signal at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and new water and wastewater lines. It also includes an extension of Arrow Point Drive. Construction began in late summer 2017. The budget was $9.4 million. It was funded from City of Cedar Park 2015 voter approved bonds along with savings from prior bond projects. Williamson County contributed $1.3 million. Additional off-site improvements to accommodate access to and from the Spanish Oaks Estates subdivision.
Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long said, “This is just one of the many projects of which the County has partnered with the City, but this project will be great as far as the County Transportation Plan is concerned because at some point this road will continue east, eventually connecting to I-35 and then Westinghouse on the other side of Williamson County.”
The contractors were Smith Construction Company, the engineers were LJA Engineering and the inspector was Robert Dial, Dial Development Services.