ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - As Williamson County's growth continues, the need for better infrastructure is apparent. A proposed bond could provide the funds needed for the rapid expansion.
"They're going to need more roads and more access," said real estate broker Chad Sellers.
In spite of a recently finished stretch of Kenney Fort Boulevard, Sellers thinks the new $25 million road is just the beginning of the next roadway boom.
Mark Darrough says he expects his healthcare business just off Kenney Fort Boulevard to grow with the along with the area.
"We just kind of wanted to be really just in the middle of it, close to the interstate, but not on the interstate," he said. "Easy access was really the main reason."
For years, Round Rock had been trying to tap into land on the east side but was challenged by existing barriers. Railroad tracks that run east and west along U.S. Highway 79 contributed to the setbacks.
Now, the new roadway runs underneath the tracks, opening up a lot of new land for development.
"It's great to have the growth here and we've got to stay out in front of it," said Round Rock Mayor Allan McGraw. "The way we've have to do that is to continue to build roadways and highways."
If the bond makes it on the ballot and if it's approved, it would only be the third roads and parks bond ever passed in Williamson County.
If passed, the $300 million for roads is just between the two amounts approved previously. In 2006, voters approved $228 million for roads. In 2000, voters approved $350 million.
If passed, the $45 million for parks is nearly double the amount of the two previous bonds. In 2006, $22 million dollars went to parks. In 2000, voters approved $25 million.
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