Parker County residents are just weeks away from having access from FM 51, north of Weatherford, to I-20 west of Weatherford on the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway (RWMH), a project of the Parker County Transportation Bond Program.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. on the RWMH just north of the new I-20 bridge, to celebrate the completion of the final phase of the 5.6 mile roadway.
The RWMH is the centerpiece of the $80 million Parker County Transportation Bond Program. Construction on the project began in April of 2011.
“It will be a tremendous achievement and something we can all be proud of,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “Through partnerships with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the cities of Parker County, we have made great strides in the county’s transportation system. This project in particular will have a great impact on our future.”
TxDOT officials have also highlighted the strength of partnerships in getting the project completed saying the county’s development and completion of this project will improve mobility and safety in an area that will see continued and sustained growth.
Riley said his greatest thanks go to the residents of Parker County who supported the bond program by passing it with approximately 60% of the vote in the November 2008 general election.
“I am thankful that we have been able to deliver on our promise to Parker County residents by completing this project on time and under budget,” Riley said. “I believe this road and our continued effort to improve mobility in Parker County will contribute to our economic development as well as lessen truck traffic around our Historic Parker County Courthouse.”
Traffic counts on the already opened portions of the RWMH have shown thousands of vehicles traveling the roadway daily, something Riley and City of Weatherford officials believe will grow tremendously once the roadway is completed with access to I-20.