The project, which was deemed complete July 10, included realigning the intersection of CR 176 with RM 2243.
According to the release, the design removed the safety hazard posed by two existing 90-degree turns along the stretch of road. Drivers can now count on an improved line of sight as they travel on CR 176 toward RM 2243.
In 10 months, the lanes on CR 176 were reconstructed and widened to 12-foot lanes with either an 8-foot shoulder or a curb and gutter from RM 2243 to Parkside Parkway. CR 176 cost nearly $2.5 million to be completed. The project was funded with voter-approved road bonds, the release said.
“The road will be beneficial for residents at recently completed and soon-to-be developed subdivisions north of Leander Road,” the release said. “To put things into perspective, in the past five years, 2,013 lots were developed, and twice as many lots are planned to be constructed.”
The safety improvement plans also include adding a little over half a mile of sidewalk from CR 176 to RM 2243 for shared use between pedestrians and bicycle riders. This portion of the project is expected to be completed by August, weather permitting.
“Not only was this vital for the safety of all drivers, but it was key to improve the accessibility and use of the road for emergency personnel responding to calls,” Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said in the release. “As this side of our community grows, it is my priority to also complete road projects that will add to the quality of life of my constituents.”