Williamson County and Liberty Hill ISD officials celebrated the opening of a new roadway allowing access to the future campus for Legacy Ranch High School.

What happened

County and district officials unveiled a $5.8 million extension of CR 258 from US 183 to Sunset Ridge Drive at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 4.

The two-lane roadway features turn lanes into the entrance of the official Legacy Ranch High School campus, which is scheduled to open in 2026. The extended CR 258 now connects from US 183 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard and includes a connection to Questa Trail.

Officials said the extension is expected to improve traffic and safety for LHISD parents, students and the community at large.

“This is a very happy occasion,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long said. “We are getting to cut the ribbon on a very short, in terms of length, roadway but very significant.”

About $5.13 million of the project was funded by the county through voter-approved 2019 road bonds while the district allocated about $670,000 in 2021 bonds to create turn lanes into the school, said Connie Odom, the county’s director of communications and media relations.

Construction began in December 2022 and reached completion in December 2023, Odom said.

What they’re saying

LHISD Superintendent Steven Snell said it was important to the district to complete the road ahead of the campus’ opening in 2026. The area is expected to see heightened traffic as Legacy Ranch will serve around 2,500 students once it is built out, Snell said.

“Student safety and traffic patterns are very important when building a new school,” Snell said. “The common theme for the county and the school district is growth, so growing the right way is very, very important.”

The new road’s impact goes beyond the school district as drivers can now travel directly from US 183 to Ronald Regan Boulevard, Long said.

“Those are two of our major north-south roadways, so being able to easily connect between the two roads makes things easier for the traveling public,” Long said in an interview with Community Impact.

Looking ahead

The county will continue investing in Liberty Hill’s roads as the city and surrounding area expands, Long said. Voters approved an $825 million bond proposition for county road projects in November, including several roadways in Liberty Hill.

“Liberty Hill has just exploded with growth,” Long told Community Impact. “We’re trying to keep up.”