WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A proposed frontage road in Cedar Park is one step closer to reality. The added lanes would be built between Avery Ranch Boulevard and RM 1431.
“The problem that I see is that when you don’t have a frontage road and you’ve got a toll road, you don’t have a choice,” said driver Bruce Chapman.
The frontage roads would also help with congestion along some of the other nearby roads. Drivers say they’re going around to avoid paying a toll.
“You really would like here in there to have the option of non-toll,” said Bill Kokas who uses the toll road “I think having additional options makes for a better infrastructure.”
Toll 183A was the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s project. The agency says at the time it was financially constrained.
In a resolution which was passed in the July it said, “that while the Mobility Authority is precluded by existing bond covenants from financially contributing to construction of the 183A frontage roads south of RM 1431, the Board looks forward to working with the City of Cedar Park in the planning process and to integrating the frontage roads with the 183A Project.”
The next step includes requesting funding from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization next year. TxDOT, along with the city, is working on the preliminary engineering of the project.
The two agencies also looking at any environmental impacts. They are hoping to get the green light by 2019 to start construction.