WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A long-awaited road project in Williamson County is finally complete. The project began two years ago with a price tag of nearly $10 million.
The new section of Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Georgetown extends from RM 2338, also known as Williams Road, to State Highway 195.
More than 100 Sun City residents showed up Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the road.
"It's the best place on earth to live," said Jan Woolheater.
Woolheater belongs to a bike club with 130 of her Sun City neighbors.
"We ride lots of places. We ride in Sun City, we ride out of Sun City," she explained.
She says they've been waiting anxiously for Phase 3 of Ronald Reagan to open.
"This is going to be one of our favorite places to ride because it's nice and smooth and clean and not much traffic," Woolheater said.
The six-mile stretch provides a direct route to State Highway 195.
"We're happy it's open. We've been waiting patiently and impatiently," laughed resident Ginger Hummel.
Residents say before Ronald Reagan, they had to travel several miles to access a main road, now there's one just down the street.
"It takes about four miles to get out for us; this is only a mile from our house," said resident Jerry Haecker.
"This is a big deal. This connects us much easier to 195, to Killeen, which we go in and out of the airport a lot," Hummel explained.
When it's all said and done, the entire four-phase project will extend to Interstate 35, providing quick, direct access for all of Williamson County.
"Ronald Reagan is definitely a regional road, it's an extension of Parmer," explained Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey. "It will go, when we finish the last phase, all the way to Jarrell."
Covey says bonds passed in 2000 and 2006 made this possible. In all, the road project totals $9.6 million.
"The voters have said yes, they realize because we're such a growing county, we need to get ahead with the infrastructure and not be behind," Covey said.
So after years of anticipation, the barriers have been taken down and travelers didn't wait to hit the fresh pavement for the fist time.
"Very anxious, we thought it would never happen!" Woolheater said.
Phase 4 of the project will be complete at the end of the year. It will provide an alternate route to Interstate 35.