Funding for toll-free access roads approved


The lack of toll-free frontage roads along Toll 183A in Cedar Park has long been a point of contention for drivers who don’t want to pay a toll on the most expensive stretch of toll road in Central Texas, but face 30- to 45-minute delays during peak traffic times trying to avoid the toll road. 

Funding approved on Monday by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is one of the final steps in resolving that issue. 

“As Cedar Park’s representative on… CAMPO, I’m thrilled to announce that... we got the $75 million to build the 183A frontage roads between Avery Ranch and 1431,” Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said. This was one of my highest priorities upon being elected mayor last year. We also got another $25 million to help build a grade-separated intersection at Anderson Mill and 620, which will help traffic flow on 620.”

CAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board voted unanimously on Monday to grant the Mobility35 Capital Express Project a total of $500 million. The largest portion of that amount, $400 million, will go toward construction of new expressways from SH 45 North in Round Rock to SH 45 Southwest which crosses from Travis County into Hays County.  

“Last June we secured (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority — the operator of Toll 183A)   management’s written support for the frontage roads, and last July we got the CTRMA board’s officially-voted support,” Van Arsdale said. “We wouldn’t have gotten the funding for the frontage roads without this.”

"The funding of the completion of the 183A frontage roads is a major victory not only for Cedar Park, but for all of Western Williamson County and will be an enormous benefit to regional transportation and economic development for decades to come,” former Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell, a longtime advocate for the project, said in a news release.

Van Arsdale said the council expect to hear an update from city staff at its Thursday, May 9 regular council meeting that will reveal possible next steps and a timeline for the project.