Safety concerns expressed by residents of two neighborhoods in Leander’s extraterritorial jurisdiction have prompted county officials to expedite the process of installing traffic lights at two busy intersections along U.S. Highway 183.
Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long announced plans for the signals, which will be installed this fall at the entrances to the Larkspur and Summerlyn subdivisions along U.S. 183.
“With the growth in the area, particularly in the Summerlyn and Larkspur neighborhoods, a traffic light will improve the safety for those in the neighborhoods trying to get to U.S. 183 as well as for folks driving through the area,” said Commissioner Long.
The contract for the new signal project was awarded to The Levy Company, a highway and electrical construction company located in San Antonio. According to a release from Long, the Levy Company was given $2,524,408 for the construction of new traffic signals at 13 intersections in the Austin District, two of which are the Leander signals.
Because U.S. 183 is a roadway owned by the state, officials in Williamson County worked with The Texas Department of Transportation Area District Engineers to get the signal plans moving. Residents of Larkspur and Summerlyn became concerned about the safety of boarding and exiting U.S. 183 from their neighborhood roadways without a traffic signal.
“TxDOT is aware of the growing safety concerns of the residents in the area and has made this traffic signal a priority,” said Commissioner Long.