Reversing course on a 2010 decision, Travis County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $922,000 for preliminary work to widen a 5.7-mile segment of Hamilton Pool Road in the western part of the county.
Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, who took office in January, proposed the improvements to make the road safer despite opposition from some residents along the road who said they feared widening it would lead to more development. Former Precinct 3 Commissioner Karen Huber proposed scrapping the effort to design a 5-foot shoulder and other expansions to the road, and was unanimously supported by the rest of the commissioners present at a June 2010 meeting. Commissioner Margaret Gómez was absent for the Tuesday vote as well as the one in 2010.
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