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Cedar Park picks final design engineer for Bell Boulevard realignment

Engineers have completed 60 percent of preliminary design schematics

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Cedar Park is moving one step closer to realigning Bell Boulevard into a walkable, mixed-use development destination district.

The Cedar Park City Council voted unanimously at their Oct. 26 meeting to approve a resolution authorizing a contract with Brinkley and Barfield Consulting Engineers to design the final phase of the Bell Blvd. realignment project.

The plan is to realign the northward Bell Blvd. section between Buttercup Creek Boulevard to Cedar Park Drive along Old US Hwy. 183.

The city hopes to develop the realigned area into a mixture of retail, restaurant, parks and residential amenities.

The contract approves an amount not to exceed $1,790,233 for final design services. In addition, the scope of the project includes right of way acquisition services, environmental assessment and clearance, and property owner and public engagement projects, said Alan Green, senior project manager in Cedar Park’s engineering department.

Brinkley and Barfield were chosen by the City Council in June 2016 the project’s design, and then tapped for preliminary design services in September 2016.

About 60 percent of the preliminary design schematics are finished and were recently submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation for official review and comment, Green said.

“We are now looking forward to submitting the final design of the project,” he said.

Council member Stephen Thomas said he looked forward to the project.

“It’s kind of exciting. We’re starting to see these things move along,” he said.

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