Folks in Williamson County celebrated another travel option last week as the RM-1460 widening project came to an end.

The new route will help drivers and emergency crews in the area avoid I-35.

Williamson County is supposed to grow by 80 percent by 2040 and you can already see it.

Virginia Clark currently lives in Belton and commutes to 1460 and Quail Valley on a daily basis -- soon she'll call Williamson County her home.

"...and driving in that direction was not fun... You actually had to go in through this neighborhood, and it would impact the homeowners working in their neighborhood or homeowners leaving their neighborhood -- just a lot more traffic," according to Clark.

The RM-1460 widening project now gives drivers in Williamson County another north/south option to get to where they need to go since now it's a straight shot from Quail Valley Drive to University Boulevard -- with 2 lanes in both directions

"This project is going to make a huge difference for folks who live in that area and we have some new communities there, so that means more vehicles on the road, and they need somewhere to go, they need an outlet, and it's going to improve safety as well, we no longer have a 2 lane road where folks are making left hand turns and having to stop traffic," according to Brad Wheelis, with the Texas Department of Transportation.