O’connor ex­ten­sion now open for traf­fic

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — round rock leader — Haleigh svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man staff — Haleigh svo­boda, amer­i­can-states­man staff

Wil­liamson County of­fi­cials re­cently an­nounced the ex­ten­sion of O’Connor Drive, from RM 620 south to South Great Oaks Drive, and a new sec­tion of South Great Oaks Drive, opened on Wed­nes­day.

The sec­tion of O’Connor Drive from South Great Oaks Drive to Texas 45 is not yet com­plete. Of­fi­cials said it will re­main closed un­til com­ple­tion of the Texas 45/O’Connor Drive in­ter­change.

The in­ter­change project is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion by the Texas De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion. How­ever, TxDOT’s con­trac­tor, Ballenger, has filed for bank­ruptcy. TxDOT is work­ing with a bond­ing com­pany to se­lect a new con­trac­tor.

The in­ter­change will pro­vide ac­cess to and from McNeil Road, Texas 45 and MoPac Boule­vard (Loop 1). It will in­clude a non-tolled frontageroad sys­tem in ad­di­tion to tolled ac­cess to Texas 45 and MoPac.

About 200 Le­an­der stu­dents will re­ceive ex­tra as­sis­tance over the hol­i­days from the Le­an­der school district’s week­end back­pack pro­gram.

The pro­gram pro­vides back­packs filled with food items to stu­dents el­i­gi­ble for the district’s free-and-re­duced-lunch pro­gram on Fri­days so that the stu­dents have com­plete meals over the week­end.

The district’s Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion has part­nered with Ran­dolphBrooks Fed­eral Credit Union and H-E-B to pro­vide ex­tra food to stu­dents in the pro­gram so that they re­ceive com­plete meals over the two-weak school break. In ad­di­tion to the ex­tra food items, the back packs will also con­tain a chil­dren’s book and a $10 H-E-B gift card so the stu­dent’s fam­i­lies can pur­chase fresh pro­duce and meat.

The Cedar Park Farm­ers’ Mar­ket will host a craft event in honor of those who were killed at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School on Satur­day.

The pub­lic is in­vited to come make re­mem­brance or­na­ments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake­line Mall, 11200 Lake­line Mall Drive.

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