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New bridge opens Brushy Creek trails to more users

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Shannon Owens and her dog Camo came down to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail Tuesday just to check out the new access bridge which makes her walk a lot easier.

"This is easy access from my home. I don't even have to start the car," she said."I plan to come out here at least a couple of times a week now."

A new bridge connects to nearly seven miles of trail, complete with landscaping, amenities and workout stations. It's also a key part of the county’s long-term master parks plan.

"Once the 183A shared use path is complete, it'll be 10 miles or so, all the way up to the South San Gabriel River," Randy Bell with Williamson County Parks and Recreation said.

Ten years ago, Williamson County didn't even have a parks department. However, it’s an addition that residents can now enjoy.

"I'm glad the trails are nice and wide,” Owens said. “There's plenty of room for dogs and bikes and walkers and runners. So, I'm impressed."

The bridge cost about $1 million to build, with about half the funds coming from a federal grant through the Texas Department of Transportation and the rest from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Williamson County.

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