The eagerly awaited moment has arrived: In-N-Out Burger opened in Round Rock on Tuesday, December 3rd and the response was nothing short of ecstatic. This is the first In-N-Out location in Central Texas to open its doors for business after the burger chain made their first Texas debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in 2011. Long lines of people and cars offer a warm welcome to the family-owned business and are likely to continue until excitement calms. The expansion will not end here. Both Austin and Cedar Park are expected to have locations open by the first of the year, and San Antonio is rumored to be next in line.
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A two-year construction project on MoPac Expressway is scheduled to begin next month. The project will stretch from Cesar Chavez to Parmer Lane with the objective of adding one tolled express lane in each direction. The director of community relations for the MoPac Improvement Project, Steve Pustelnyk, has ensured that they are “going to be doing an extensive outreach effort to try and make sure the drivers know what we’re doing and when so they can avoid any issues.” Lane closure times have been limited to the window of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize resident’s increase in commute times. Construction will begin between RM 2222 and US 183, and all sections will be under construction by Summer 2014. The $200 million project’s purpose is to provide reliable routes for high priority travel. The project is being funded by the Texas Transportation Commission.
The 2013 Community Economic Development Award has been given to the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership to recognize their success in bringing Cornerstone Healthcare Group to the community. The discussion for this development began in April of 2012 to address the need for quicker access to hospital care for Round Rock residents, and they broke ground on December 4th. “This hospital will continue the Round Rock brand of being associated with high quality medical care. The project demonstrates Round Rock’s continued focus on quality development,” said Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw. The nearly $20 million investment will provide a two-story, 55,000 square foot facility with 54 patient rooms, 12 high intensive care rooms, and 6 high-observation rooms. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on November 21st to celebrate the grand opening of the hospital.