GEORGETOWN (February 12, 2013)--TxDOT crews and local officials broke ground Monday on a multi-million dollar project to expand Highway 195 at its southernmost end.
The highway runs from FM 439 in Killeen south to I-35 in Georgetown and was once known by local law enforcement agencies as the “Highway of Death” because of its high fatality rate.
The total project will cost nearly $200 million dollars and will widen the highway from two lanes to four.
“The $18.8 million contract (third segment) will reconstruct the existing two lane facility to a four lane divided facility, and increase safety and mobility for residents and soldiers traveling SH 195 through Williamson County,” a TxDOT spokesperson said.
The complete project will consist of raised highways and new roadway which will be added to bypass Florence.
Congressman John R. Carter, Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey and Colonel Matthew Elledge from Fort Hood were all in attendance to celebrate the latest groundbreaking.
Another phase of construction is expected to begin this summer.