China Spring: New businesses spring up

(Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)
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CHINA SPRING, Texas (KWTX) As more ground is cleared and asphalt poured, construction projects in China Spring continue to reshape this once rural area.

Donna Mulcahy, Owner of Cougar Paws Pet Grooming said she is excited about the growth.

"Since I've been here I've seen quite a bit of expansion, new businesses coming in, then we have new buildings coming in."

Since the Texas Department of Transportation started working to expand China Spring Road, business owners have begun to give the area a fresh look.

A new insurance agency, a Premier ER clinic, and several salons have opened.

Space for a new Shipley's donuts is building built and a dentist office is being worked on.

Another phase of duplexes are being built around the Tree Lake Road and China Spring Road intersection.

Pct. 4 McLennan County Commissioner Ben Perry said Wednesday the county is already preparing for several projects response to growing communities.

"If we see growth coming in an area and we have an artery that's going to play a major factor then from an infrastructure standpoint, be prepared to do something with it sooner rather than later."

Perry also mentioned the county has identified at least three areas where a significant amount of growth is expected over the next few years.

That growth is sparking multi-million dollar infrastructure improvements near China Spring Road, Chapel Road, and the Highway 84 corridor and Speegleville Road.

"The traffic you experience here (China Spring Road) obviously people will start taking shortcuts and looking for alternative routes to get to town which increases the volume of traffic on our county roads,” Perry said.

“So we have to be aware of that and we have to understand where they're going we have to make sure the roads are up to par and it can handle the traffic.

The China Spring Road construction project is expected to be finished next year.