After more than a decade of planning, Williamson County officials finally broke ground on the long-awaited Liberty Hill Bypass project Jan. 26.

“This vision for this project was cast in 2008, and today begins the first of many projects which will improve the traffic and mobility in the Liberty Hill area,” Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long said in the Jan. 29 news release.

Zooming in

The scope of the $14 million project includes constructing a new two-lane road from RM 1869 to CR 279, or Bagdad Road, in downtown Liberty Hill. Also included in the project are new turn lanes from RM 1869 and CR 279 onto the bypass.

Once completed, the roadway will provide traffic relief in downtown Liberty Hill.

Also of note

The new roadway—from RM 1869 to CR 279—is considered the first of a three-segment bypass to be constructed in the future. It’s a part of the county’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

Long said once the three-segment project is completed, motorists will be able to get on the bypass coming from Bertram and go all the way around to Stonewall Parkway without any traffic signals.

Notable quote

“A lot of people that come in from the west, off of [RM] 1869—if they’re going south into Austin, Leander [or] Cedar Park, they have to go through downtown Liberty Hill,” Long said. “This section will allow them to skip that and not add more congestion to an already very congested downtown Liberty Hill.”

What to expect

Because a new roadway is being built, Long said drivers will not see any lane closures or traffic management issues during construction.

Construction is anticipated to reach completion in fall 2025.