$4 mil­lion ear­marked to im­prove Cr 179

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

City of­fi­cials are work­ing to get ahead of an ex­pected jump in traf­fic on what is now a short, two-lane county road.

The Le­an­der City Coun­cil voted to award a $3.89 mil­lion con­tract with Chasco Con­struc­tors, Ltd., Thurs­day night for work on CR 179, which stretches from Ron­ald Rea­gan Boule­vard east­ward to Sam Bass Road. The city will also com­mit $125,000 for util­ity re­lo­ca­tion and ma­te­rial test­ing.

The work will pre­pare the road to han­dle the ad­di­tional traf­fic ex­pected to fol­low mul­ti­ple sub­di­vi­sions set to de­velop in the area, as well as a pos­si­ble ele­men­tary school and an in­creased stu­dent pop­u­la­tion at Stiles Mid­dle School, which opened this year and is lo­cated on CR 179, City Man­ager Kent Ca­gle said.

The project is funded by the city, Wil­liamson County and the Le­an­der school district, ac­cord­ing to city doc­u­ments.

Con­struc­tion, which will widen the road to ac­com­mo­date four lanes of traf­fic, prob­a­bly will not be­gin un­til early 2013, Ca­gle said, and could be com­plete in about nine months.

The city re­cently com­pleted work on some roads in the La Fron­tera area — where many streets were dip­ping, crack­ing and fall­ing apart — and is set to re­pair the rest, af­ter the City Coun­cil ap­proved a $324,515 en­gi­neer­ing con­tract Kennedy Con­sult­ing, Ltd.

The en­gi­neer­ing will pre­pare for the sec­ond phase of a roughly $3 mil­lion project to re­ha­bil­i­tate roads around the shop­ping cen­ter. The first phase re­built al­most all of La Fron­tera Boule­vard and Hester’s Cross­ing Boule­vard. The sec­ond phase will re­pair the re­main­ing streets in La Fron­tera, in­clud­ing Sun­dance Park­way, Kouri Drive and Parker Drive, ac­cord­ing to city doc­u­ments.

The Round Rock Cham­ber of Com­merce will hold its an­nual busi­ness meet­ing from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed­nes­day at 301 W. Bag­dad Ave.

Board mem­bers will sum up the cham­ber’s fis­cal year 2013 busi­ness plan and dis­cuss ways mem­bers can get in­volved. The event is free for cur­rent or prospec­tive mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to a cham­ber an­nounce­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to roundrockcham­ber.org.

Award-win­ning mu­si­cal the­ater ac­tor Ramin Karim­loo will per­form at a con­cert at 7 p.m. Mon­day at the East View High School The­ater, 4490 E. Univer­sity Ave.

Karim­loo is known for his per­for­mances in “The Phan­tom of the Opera.” Be­fore the con­cert, Karim­loo will hold a mu­si­cal the­ater work­shop for choir and the­ater stu­dents from East View and Ge­orge­town high schools.

The con­cert will fea­ture an eclec­tic mix of mu­si­cal the­atre, blue­grass, rock, Chris­tian, folk and more, a news re­lease said. Con­cert tick­ets cost $15.

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