Cedar Park council to consider resolution in support of more tolls on 183


At its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 14, the Cedar Park City Council will consider a resolution in support of two Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority projects that would add new tolls to drivers passing through Cedar Park and Leander. 

CTRMA, which operates the 183A toll road operating between Lakeline Boulevard and Hero Way, like many Texas toll road operators has come under fire in recent years for its handling of toll penalties and its collection practices. 

The agency has requested the City of Cedar Park to adopt a resolution in support of the 183A Phase III Mobility Project, which would extend the tolled portion of U.S. 183 for an additional six miles, stretching from Hero Way in Leander to CR 213/258 — just north of the intersection with S.H. 29 in Liberty Hill. 

The second project, known as the 183 North Mobility Project, would widen the busy highway to six total lanes in each direction, extending from SH 45/RM 620 near Lakeline Mall south to the intersection with MoPac Expressway near the Arboretum. Two lanes in each direction would be tolled, operating as variable-toll express lanes much like those which were added to MoPac in the last year. 

The two CTRMA projects are estimated to cost more than $800 million, take several years to complete, and add optional toll lanes to nine miles of roadway into and out of Austin from Cedar Park. 

The agenda item only calls for the city to consider a resolution in support of the plan at this time. 

The council will also hear a report on the capital improvement program, decide on a resolution authorizing reimbursement of approximately $11,000 to the operators of the SpringHill Suites Austin Cedar Park hotel for a public art mural, and decide on a resolution authorizing $84,000 for a library software system. 

Thursday’s agenda also calls for closed-door discussions of several issues involving the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment project in executive session. 

The Cedar Park City Council meets at 450 Cypress Creek Road, Building 4, beginning at 6 p.m.