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Cedar Park City Council votes to extend Brushy Creek trail system

Council also approved a plan for the design and construction of right-turn lanes at six intersections throughout the city

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The Cedar Park City Council agreed to spend up to $50,000 for a plan to extend the city’s 22-mile network of trails near Brushy Creek at its Jan. 25 meeting.

The North Brushy Creek Trail will add about three miles of trail between Parmer Lane and Brushy Creek Road. The funding provided by Community Development (Type B) Corporation will pay for planning and community outreach.

“The Hike and Bike Trail Master Plan has identified trails as something our residents like and want,” project manager Kimberly Reese said. “More opportunities to help residents enjoy this trail extension will be identified through the planning and community outreach process.”

The Brushy Creek Lake Park and Brushy Creek Sports Park are popular locations for family recreation. About seven miles of trails in the parks are now located in the city.

Reese said most of the funds approved by the council will be used to pay the city’s consultant for planning and to seek public input on the course of the longer trail. She said decisions about trail construction will be made based on projections on the amount and type of trail uses.

Other business

The council approved paying Rogers Design Services $165,000 for the design and construction of right-turn lanes at six intersections on Whitestone and Lakeline boulevards.

Darwin Marchell, Director of Engineering, said the sites for the turn lanes were chosen because of traffic volume, including school bus traffic.

The turn lanes on Whitestone Boulevard will be at Walton Way, Discovery Boulevard and at the Railyard Shopping Center. The new lanes on Lakeline Boulevard will be at West Park Street, Treeline Drive and New Hope Drive.

“Right turn lanes move right-turning traffic outside of the through-lane and help with traffic signal progression,” Marchell said.

The city received seven proposals to do the design and construction work. Staff selected Rogers Design Services based on scoring of the proposals. Staff told the council that Project Manager Dan Rogers has a history of designing successful transportation projects for Cedar Park.

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