Plan to improve traffic on Williamson County road

Williamson County wants to make improvements to Hairy Man Rd./Brushy Creek Rd., and the Great Oaks Bridge. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)
Williamson County wants to make improvements to Hairy Man Rd./Brushy Creek Rd., and the Great Oaks Bridge. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Kravets)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The goal of two county projects is to make improvements to Brushy Creek Road that turns into Hairy Man Road, and to make improvements to the Great Oaks bridge to prevent flooding.

The county is looking at raising the Great Oaks bridge above the 100-year flood plain. They’ll either raise just the bridge and keep two lanes to run under the bridge, or they’ll raise the bridge and the roads and create four lanes.

The other project would add two-foot shoulders to Brushy Creek Rd/Hairy Man Rd., as well and turn lanes into parks, to help widen the narrow road.

One neighbor we spoke with says she supports the change as long as they can preserve the small-town feel of the road.

“Most people around here are not interested in seeing this improved to be such a major city street that it loses its natural flare,” explains Skoviera. “But I don’t think as long as they’re not taking trees down and they’re just widening it to improve access and safety, that most people would support that.”

The study is expected to wrap up at the end of this summer after getting public input, followed by design work. Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2017.

The county will hold two open houses to get public input on the plan. The first meeting is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, in the Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr. in Round Rock.

The second open house is Thursday, July 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fern Bluff MUD Community Center, 7320 Wyoming Springs Dr., in Round Rock.

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