JUST IN: Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee votes to recommend roads and parks bond

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The Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee unanimously voted to recommend a roads and parks bond to the county’s Commissioners Court during a June 6 meeting.

The CBC approved recommendation of a $573.3 million roads bond and a $67.6 million parks bond.

The money will go toward at least 65 projects, including flood mapping, right of way purchases and low-water crossing protection.

“Are we going to be proactive or are we going to react?” committee member John Marler said. “What we see in Travis County is a county that reacted to the growth that is happening, and now they can’t do anything; they have built themselves into a box that cannot grow. We have gone out and tried to prevent [Williamson County] from falling into that trap.”

The CBC is made up of nine members including Chairman David Hays, Meg Walsh and Mitch Fuller for Precinct 1, Joe Bob Ellison and Matt Powell for Precinct 2, Tim Lear and Marler for Precinct 3, and Ron Randig and Bryon Brochers for Precinct 4.

The CBC was tasked with making a recommendation to the Commissioners Court as to whether a roads and parks bond should be called in November and if so, to what scope and which projects should be considered. The commissioners will make a final decision on whether to hold a bond election in November.

“It was really a high-performing, cross-functional team in that we all didn’t have an agenda in terms of our area but really looking at the overarching of what can we do for our folks of Williamson County now but also in the future,” Walsh said. “[We took] into fact that not only do we take care of people here now but also address the growing community and make sure that people are safe and can get from point A to point B.”

The recommended road projects are as follows: 

Precinct 1—committee recommended $77.02 million

  • Anderson Mill Road extension – $4.2 million
  • Forest North drainage improvements – $5.5 million
  • Parmer Lane at Hwy. 45 interchange – $7.3 million
  • Pond Springs drainage improvements – $4.4 million
  • RM 620 extension – $2.2 million
  • Sam Bass Road – $27.5 million
  • Wyoming Springs extension – $10 million
  • Wyoming Springs extension – $10.9 million
  • Wyoming Springs intersection improvements – $3 million (safety bucket)
  • Round Rock West flood control – $5 million

Precinct 2—committee recommended $103.38 million

  • Bagdad Road at CR 279 – $9.5 million
  • Bagdad Road at CR 279 – $85,000 (right of way bucket)
  • Brushy Creek Road widening – $2.8 million
  • US 183 – $5 million (right of way bucket)
  • Corridor I – $6.6 million and $2.3 million (right of way bucket)
  • CR 214 extension – $2.3 million
  • Hero Way – $29.5 million
  • Kauffman Loop – $2 million
  • Liberty Hill bypass – $11 million and $2.2 million (right of way bucket)
  • Ronald Reagan Boulevard widening – $24.7 million
  • Toro Grande Boulevard extension – $10.74 million
  • Whitestone Boulevard widening – $4.06 million

Precinct 3—committee recommended $105.2 million

  • Bud Stockton extension – $6.2 million
  • Corridor E4 – $3.1 million and $1.7 million (right of way bucket)
  • Corridor E5 – $3 million and $1.6 million (right of way bucket)
  • Corridor I – $24 million
  • CR 110 North – $2.2 million
  • CR 175 – $1.7 million
  • CR 239 – $1.9 million
  • CR 332 realignment – $1.5 million
  • RM 2243 – $4 million and $10 million (right of way bucket)
  • S.E. Inner Loop extension – $22.5 million
  • Southwest Bypass extension – $4.8 million
  • Westinghouse and CR 111 – $20.2 million
  • CR 245 – $6.5 million
  • Ronald Reagan and Silver Spur Boulevard – $2 million (safety bucket)
  • Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard – $1 million (safety bucket)
  • Hwy. 195 at Ronald Reagan – $3.6 million
  • CR 314 safety improvements – $1.5 million (safety bucket)
  • CR 314 widening – $3.7 million (safety bucket)

Precinct 4—committee recommended $206.48 million

  • Bartlett Street project – $500,000 (safety bucket)
  • Chandler Road – $3.9 million (right of way bucket)
  • Corridor E2 – $1 million
  • Corridor E3 – $1 million and $700,000 (right of way bucket)
  • Cottonwood Creek drainage improvements – $2 million
  • CR 112 widening – $17.5 million
  • CR 129 – $2.3 million (safety bucket)
  • CR 134 and CR 132 extensions – $14 million
  • CR 366 – $8.12 million
  • Davila Culvert replacement – $258,000 (safety bucket)
  • FM 3349 at Hwy. 79 – $42.61 million
  • MoKan – $19 million
  • Old Settlers Boulevard – $8.5 million
  • Ronald Reagan Boulevard extension – $2.8 million (right of way)
  • SH 130 northbound – $8 million
  • SH 130 southbound – $9 million
  • Southeast Corridor – $72.2 million

Countywide projects—committee recommended $81.25 million

  • Atlas 14 Federal Emergency Management Agency mapping – $1 million
  • Low-water crossing protection – $250,000
  • Right of way budget – $35 million
  • Operational safety improvements – $15 million
  • County road reconstruction – $30 million
“We talk about transportation; we talk about safety for our citizens, [but] we also need to preserve opportunities for recreation,” Brochers said. “We preserve opportunities for land we’ve been placed with to keep it and maintain it in its natural state, … so I think it’s equally important that we make sure we maintain our lifestyle and our heritage.”
The recommended park projects are as follows:

Land acquisition for parks and trails

  • Countywide land acquisition – $15 million
  • Upper Brushy Creek water control improvement – $5 million

Hike and bike trails

  • Brushy Creek Regional Trail – $2.5 million
  • Regional Park to Lake Georgetown – $6 million
  • Bagdad Road trail from Leander to Liberty Hill – $7.5 million
  • Regional Park to Brushy Creek Regional Trail – $4.5 million
  • Brushy Creek Regional Trail Redbud Lane – $4.13 million
  • Trail expansion across CR 152 – $1.5 million
  • Trail extension from Lakeline Park to southwestern peninsula – $2 million
  • Pedestrian bridge Lakeline Park – $900,000
  • Pedestrian bridge at Twin Lakes Park – $1.9 million
  • Shared-use path from Loop 332 to CR 281 – $3.5 million

Improvements to existing parklands

  • Southwest Williamson County Regional Park – $1.8 million
  • Champion Park – $1.46 million
  • Berry Springs Park and Preserve – $2.2 million
  • River Ranch County Park – $3.3 million

Editor’s note: Some of the presented values are rounded up or down for clarity. 

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  1. I have lived in Williamson county specifically in Georgetown for 10 years and have watched and lived with the population growth and congestion along Williams Dr. It is appalling to me that as a group CBC is willing to spend half a billion dollars to improve roads all around the county but avoids Williams Dr like the plague. We spend $5,000,000 on an extension to Rivery Blvd, a road to nowhere but cannot see that the cost of the inevitable necessity of widening Williams Dr. Commercial property along this route is becoming more and more valuable and while the issue of declaring a property imminent domain is a possibility it certainly isn’t in the best interest of the City or county. What is your plan? O do you even have one?

    Gerald Sanders, Concerned citizen.

  2. I have lived in Georgetown and area since 1961, I grew up in once used to be a beautiful place. This place is becoming less and less beautiful and more and more sprawl. If we start building higher and smarter the sprawl might slow. We are exacerbating the traffic and only making it worse. Chandler Road that is now only a 2 lane and turns into University Blvd needs to be expanded to the 5 or 6 lane roadway. We need to stop focusing on building new roads, but make the existing better. Look at Parmer and Ronald Reagan, it is now a parking lot because we refuse to build upper level highways to avoid stop lights. We need to put more into the upper level type roadways and stop buildozing all the old trees that we will NEVER get back. We are turning the natural landscapes into man made parks, wildlife has nowhere to go. Please stop the destruction, force builders to keep as many trees as possible, the newly planted trees will require watering often to keep them alive. We must protect our resources, especially water. Southwest bypass is a travesty, look at what it has destroyed. Some resale homes are sitting on the market for months, we have a lot of resale inventory and don’t need to develop every inch of Wilco. The Valero gas storage tanks are unsightly, we could have had a clean solar farm that would not produce leaks, trucks, pipelines and have a cleaner Wilco. What has happened to the beautiful town we all used to love? It could have been preserved with smart growth, not slash and burn growth. Thank you for reading my rant.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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