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Officials Debate Traffic Plan As Williamson County Population Expected To Double
As of 2011, it is estimated that 442,782 people are living in Williamson County. Experts say it is one of the fastest growing counties in the region. That’s why the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization or CAMPO is taking notice. New data presented to CAMPO shows by 2035 the population in Williamson County will double.
City officials in Round Rock say they aren’t surprised by the findings since they’ve been planning for growth for several years. Still, Will Hampton, who is the spokesperson for the City of Round Rock, says it’s important that CAMPO take notice because CAMPO is in charge of the distribution of federal transportation funding. “Our hope is that they will allocate those dollars appropriately to where the growth is coming and where the growth will be coming in the future, that the dollars will be there to fund the infrastructure needed to accommodate that growth,” Hampton says.
John Moman, a policy board member for CAMPO who represents Round Rock City Council, says that while it may not guarantee funding, it should help. He says it’s just one piece of a puzzle that takes things like population growth, commuters and truck traffic into account when deciding where the funding goes. “You got to look at all of those pieces, all that information at the same time together in making decisions on how to fund and build and improve our roadway,” says Moman.
By Lydia Pantazes