The first segment of the Samsung Highway in the eastern portion of Williamson County opened Oct. 16.

The overview

The Samsung Highway is part of the county’s larger efforts to increase mobility throughout the region as officials plan for increased growth in population and development and the tech company continues work on its semiconductor plant in Taylor.

At a cost of $13.7 million, paid for by the 2019 voter-approved Williamson County road bond program, Segment 1 connects FM 973 to CR 404.

“As east Williamson County grows, this is an important connection to keep our communities safe and mobile and will serve as the foundation for the East Wilco Highway,” Williamson County Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said. “Parents should have dinner with their families, not stuck in traffic.”

What else?

The county began work on Segment 2 of the roadway in early June. The $5.13 million project to build Segment 2, also funded by the 2019 bond program, will connect CR 404 to FM 3349 and is expected to be finished in summer 2024.

The entire project looks to connect FM 3349 to FM 973 with the goal of lessening curves on CR 404 and increasing safety.