CR 200 work set to begin Monday

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN

At 2 p.m. Monday, the commute for drivers in Liberty Hill officially begins the improvement process.

That’s when officials from Williamson County, the City of Liberty Hill, and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) come together for a groundbreaking to kick off work on the County Road 200 intersection improvements.

The project will add a dedicated right turn lane, a single through lane and two left turn lanes from CR 200 on to SH 29 as well as from Loop 332 on to SH 29. Drainage improvements and new signaling will also be added to the intersection.

“Improving safety and mobility throughout the county is one of our highest priorities,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner Cynthia long. “These improvements will relieve the congestion and remove the bottleneck at this busy intersection.”

The project is a joint endeavor between the county, TxDOT and the City of Liberty Hill.

The County awarded the bid in late August, but because the state is involved, the approval process is a bit longer.

“We went through the bid process, and because TxDOT is contributing some money to that we have to send it over to them and they have to concur with our procurement process. Once we get that we will send the contracts to the contractor,” Long said.

The intersection improvements is the second project being done on CR 200, with the widening of the road at the intersection of Bold Sundown nearing completion according to county officials. Both projects are being covered by 2013 transportation bond funds.

The bid for the intersection construction was awarded to Cox Commercial Construction for $1.7 million at the Aug. 28 Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting. O’Brien Engineering Services (now Jones/Carter) is the design engineer.

The total cost for intersection improvements including engineering is projected at $2.06 million, primarily funded by the county, but the City of Liberty Hill ($100,000) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) ($520,000) have also contributed some funding.

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