Texas 195 has long been a dangerous stretch of highway. Many call the winding road, one of the few direct routes between Austin and Killeen, The Highway of Death. A particularly deadly period from 1994 to 1999 saw 41 people killed on the highway, including nine soldiers stationed at Fort Hood.
The road needed to be widened. But while the state initiated the work, the recession caused funding to stall. By 2007, local officials had grown tired of waiting. Williamson County pulled $35.2 million from a voter-approved bond package, began buying up right-of-way and moving utilities, clearing the way for the state to make the improvements.
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