Cedar Park and Williamson County officials joined together to dedicate the Little Elm Trail Extension Project last week. The project is part of an interlocal agreement with the county, providing drivers with an additional east-west route.
The extension strives to bring relief to the congested Cypress Creek Road.
“This project has been at least 20 years in the making,” Mayor Matt Powell said. “It opens up greater connectivity and greater commercial possibilities.”
The extension is about 1.2 miles long and includes turn lanes on southbound US 183 and Lakeline Boulevard. Asphalt mill and overlay of existing pavement on Little Elm Trail and Lakeline Boulevard are also included.
“Overall, residents are really excited to have this as a reliever to Cypress Creek Road,” Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long said.
According to officials, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, with the initial contract completion date slated for March 25. The road opened on Jan. 12, and the ribbon-cutting took place Jan. 26.
Officials said project expenses are estimated at about $6 million, approximately $1.5 million under the budgeted $7.5 million.
Sources of project funds consisted of:
$3.53 million from Williamson County;
$550,000 from the 4B Community Development Corporation;
$408,000 from the City’s Utility Fund;
$3.53 million in voter-authorized General Obligation Bond funds.
The engineer behind the project was CP&Y, the contractor was Patin Construction and project representation and inspection were provided by Dial Development Services.