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WilCo voters to consider $275M in road projects

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When the dust surrounding current construction clears, it'll be easier for drivers to get around Georgetown without having to hop on Interstate 35.

The project is one of many approved by Williamson County voters in 2006.

"These projects originated from the citizens," Robert Daigh, the Williamson County Senior Infrastructure director, said.

Now, seven years later, county leaders are asking voters for another $275 million for roads. Daigh would oversee more than 60 projects county-wide.

"The challenge that we have in Williamson County—being one of the fastest growing counties, not just in the state, but the entire country—is to try to keep pace with that development."

County Judge Dan Gattis says the roadwork would keep traffic moving, just like it did in 2006.

"Our goal back then was to try to keep the mobility as good as it was then,” Gattis said. “Not necessarily greatly improve mobility, but not let it deteriorate."

Key plans include safety improvements on Ranch Road 620 near I-35, FM 1431 between Leander and Round Rock and new roads crisscrossing the county for easier access to I-35 from the west.

Judge Gattis says every part of the county will see the benefits.

"A bond issue giving us money to be able to manage money in such a way that we can get the best bang for our buck is always advantageous," he said.

And Gattis says that will allow them to stay ahead of growth, rather than try to catch up to it.

Williamson County leaders have a billion dollar wish list of roads and parks projects, but these particular projects are the top priority.

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