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On April 13 and 14, 2020, aci consulting conducted a cultural resources survey for the proposed New Hope Drive in Williamson County, Texas. New Hope Drive would expand CR 272 between Ronald Reagan Boulevard and CR 175 in Cedar Park, Williamson County, Texas. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) for this project is approximately 1.76 (2.83 kilometers) miles in total length and includes approximately 0.62 (0.99 kilometer) mile of existing right of way (ROW) for CR 272. The remaining approximately 1.14 (1.83 kilometers) miles would be construction of new ROW where no road currently exists. The expansion includes four lanes along CR 272, a storm sewer system, water line, wastewater line, traffic signals, bridge, and intersection improvements. The proposed ROW will be approximately 120 to 130 feet (36.58 to 39.62 meters) wide, and the total area of the APE is approximately 27.73 acres (11.22 hectares).
This work was conducted in compliance with the Texas Administrative Code (13 TAC 26.20) under Texas Antiquities Code permit number 9370, as well as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. The survey did not result in the location of any new archeological sites, historic structures, or additional historic properties. Previously recorded sites 41WM1163 and 41WM1268 were revisited during the survey. The sites were not relocated within the APE, and no artifactual evidence was observed within either previously mapped site boundary. As the previously recorded archeological sites 41WM1163 and 41WM1268 were not relocated within the New Hope Drive APE, and no artifactual or other site evidence was observed in surface or subsurface contexts, no mitigation or avoidance strategies are recommended for either of the archeological sites. The portion of 41WM1163 and 41WM1268 overlapping with the New Hope Drive APE does not contribute to either site’s eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and does not warrant designation as a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL). Based on these results, no further archeological work is recommended. Records from this investigation will be curated at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL). Joey O’Keefe served as Principal Investigator.
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