Leander and WilCo officials and project partners celebrated the completion of Hero Way West by cutting a ribbon in the center lane of the street near Cherry Creek Catfish, Monday, Nov. 20.
Formerly Old 2243 West, one of the most congested two-lane rural roads in north Leander, the Hero Way West project totaled nearly $28 million over a four-year span.
“This roadway is the most complex project Leander has undertaken,” said Jeff Seiler, Leander mayor pro-tem. “We are all excited to say Hero Way West is now open for business.”
The project was completed on time and under budget, Seiler said.
With the expansion complete, the roadway has expanded to five undivided lanes with additional curbs, gutters, storm sewers, relocated utilities, water quality facilities and sidewalks. The upgrades should pave the way for businesses growth in the area, Seiler said.
Prior to the ribbon cutting during a ceremony at Cherry Creek Catfish, several officials offered remarks about Leander’s newest roadway project.
Leander Spokesperson Mike Neu said the roadway has become a symbol of the expansive growth and vision of a prosperous Leander.
“This is one more example of the county partnering with Leander to move forward with regard to transportation,” said Cynthia Long, Precinct 2 WilCo commissioner. “Not only are we building roads, we’re building businesses.”
In May 2013, Leander City Council approved the first contract to begin the design and construction of improvements along Hero Way West from U.S. Hwy. 183 to Lakeline Boulevard.
Funding for Hero Way West improvements was acquired by the City of Leander through certificates of obligation, as well as a 2015 agreement with Williamson County to reimburse the city approximately $9.1 million in project costs.
“We wouldn’t be here today had it not been for the voters of Leander and Williamson County,” Long said. “It is exciting to see what’s happening in Leander, and the county is excited to be a part of it.”