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November Bond Election 2014 - Transportation, Parks

Pflugerville Voters approved two bond propositions for transportation and parks
News Release

The transportation bond approved $28 million and parks bond approved $25 million. 


Transportation Projects: $28 million

  • Pecan Street EastE. Pecan Street from State Highway 130 eastward to Weiss Lane will be three lanes with curb and gutter with a sidewalk and rehabilitation from Weiss to Cameron Road. These are the first three lanes of a future six-lane corridor for East Pecan. The city's Thoroughfare Plan indicates that one day Pecan will be a six-lane road with this as the first step of achieving that goal. These three lanes would be the first half of the future six lane corridor.  Project status visit the Pecan Street capital improvement project page. 

  • East Pflugerville Parkway from SH 130 east toward Lake Pflugerville will include reconstruction of the existing two-lane road with curb and gutter and providing the first two lanes of a future four lane corridor as identified in the city's Thoroughfare Plan. A new sidewalk will run along Pflugerville Parkway from Colorado Sand Drive to Becker Farm Road. For status visit the E. Pflugerville Parkway Capital Improvement project page.

  • Weiss Lane was approved in 2014 for a reconstruction to the existing two lane section and incorporate shoulders and turn lanes at major intersections. This project is via a cost-sharing safety project with Travis County bond funds ($6.73 million) previously approved by county voters to reconstruct the current roadway with turn lanes and drainage improvements.  At the November 18, 2014 Council meeting, the city approved an inter-local agreement with Travis County to proceed on improvements to Weiss Lane. With the announcement of a fourth high school along Weiss Lane, the Council put Weiss Lane back on the ballot for residents to decide if they want a four-lane or a two-lane Weiss Lane. (2015 Bond Election Information) The 2015 bond was approved by the voters to make a four-lane urban roadway. Visit the Weiss Lane Capital Improvement Project page for current status.

  • Rowe Lane will undergo reconstruction of the existing two-lane section and add shoulders to the road. The project is via a cost-sharing safety project with Travis County bond funds (1.46 million) approved by voters to reconstruct the existing two-lane section. On November 18, 2014 the City Council approved an inter-local agreement to proceed with Travis County on improvements to Rowe Lane. For an update on this project, visit the Rowe Lane Capital Improvement Project page
  • Heatherwilde Boulevard from State Highway 45 south to Wilke Ridge Lane will widen into a four-lane urban roadway with utility and pedestrian improvements, a bridge replacement and an added hike and bike trail underpass. A traffic signal will be added at Kingston Lacy Boulevard and intersection improvements will align New Meister Lane where it intersects Heatherwilde Blvd to a 90-degree angle. For an update on this project, visit the Heatherwilde Boulevard Capital Improvement Project page.

  • Pfennig Lane will have a three-lane section that includes a two-way central left turn lane, curb and gutter and curve modifications.  For an update on this project, visit the Pfennig Lane Capital Improvement Project page.
  • Substandard neighborhood streets in the Heatherwilde and Windermere area including Cactus Blossum Drive, Columbine Street, Ardisia Drive, Simsbrook Drive, Dashwood Creek Drive, Blackthorn Drive, Thackeray Lane, Gravesbend Road, Isle of Man Road, Isle of Man Court, Gower Street and Langland Road would be reconstructed. For updates visit the Neighborhood Streets Capital Improvement Project page.

Factoring in community growth and based on city revenues and projections, the $28 million transportation bond, if approved by the voters, is currently estimated to cost $76 dollars per year for the average Pflugerville homeowner. 


Parks and Recreation Projects $25 million
Money was allocated for trail development, an athletic sports complex, Lake Pflugerville Master Plan improvements and undeveloped park improvements.
        
  • Undeveloped park development: Funding supports various amenities including but not limited to trails or walkways, playscape elements, a dog park and shade structures as identified in the Trails Master Plan and Undeveloped Park Study.  The selected undeveloped parks include Stonehill Park and Wilbarger Creek Park. 
  • Trails - Trail improvements, additions and upgrades based on selections from the Parks and Recreation Commission's 5-year Comprehensive Park Plan. The trails of highest priority to the Parks and Recreation Commission include Brookhollow Trail, Gilleland Creek (Dessau to Bohls), Pfairways Trail, Settler's Valley Trail Gap, Trail connection between Heritage Loop and Creekside Trail loop, Heritage Park Trail and Kuempel Connector. Current city trail map Update: Design underway (August 2015)

  • Sports complex - A sports complex would be pursued based on the Pflugerville Athletic Complex Study. The project could include numerous sports fields, parking, restrooms, seating and other associated amenities on 80-120 acres of land. Update:
    Update: Site selection underway. (August 2015)  City purchased land for sports complex.

  • Lake Pflugerville  Upgrades as outlined in the recent Lake Pflugerville Master Plan to include additional shade structures, trail improvements, board walk, restrooms and leisure amenities.
Cost 
Factoring in community growth and based on city revenues and projections, the transportation bond costs $76 a year and the Parks and Recreation bond costs $68 per year for the average Pflugerville homeowner. City estimates, based on tax rate, appraisals, estimated city growth and debt service indicate the bonds could have a tax impact from 6-9 cents over five years or an estimated cost of $144 annually for the average Pflugerville homeowner. This $144 will be dependent on when the funds are acquired and on project timelines.