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Governor Celebrates Completion of Samsung Highway

Governor Greg Abbott said during a ceremony Friday morning that the recently completed Samsung Highway will be the “gateway to the largest foreign direct investment in the history of the state of Texas.”

“The most important thing I want to convey today is the pride that the state of Texas has in working with Samsung,” said Abbott. “You are a great partner. With each passing day, Samsung is etching a deeper legacy into the history of our great state.”

Abbott came to Taylor as part of a ribbon cutting event on Friday, June 7, which took place on the road itself.

The governor was paired with Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles, Chanhoon Park, Samsung’s construction president, and Tucker Ferguson, TxDOT Austin District engineer.

Although portions of Samsung Highway have been open for some time, the event commemorated the completion of the Segment 1 and Segment 2 projects.

“Samsung Highway will provide our engineers, our partners and our suppliers with safe and reliable access to the Taylor site,” said Park, who oversees the company’s construction projects around the world. “It will also help us deliver our product to our customers.”

Gravell, who largely served as master of ceremonies for the ribbon cutting, told Abbott he has more plans and hopes for Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s Taylor plant.

The district judge said he doesn’t want Williamson County to have the largest semiconductor manufacturing complex in the state, but he does want the largest in the world.

“I want to drive the semiconductor industry from this cornfield in Taylor, Texas, with our partner Samsung,” Gravell said.

The highway ribbon cutting also celebrated the completion of several road projects in southwest Taylor, including the reconstruction and expansion of County Road 401, improvements to County Road 404 and Farm to Market 973 and realignment of the waterline on C.R. 404.

Boles said the CR 401 work not only expanded the road, but added a traffic light on Texas 79. He said FM 973 now has turn lanes and a turn signal at the Samsung Austin Semiconductor factory.

Finally, he said Samsung Highway has created a new connection from the semiconductor to the future East Wilco Highway.

“A good road like the Samsung Highway means safety and opportunity,” Boles said. “This road, along with other improvements in southeastern Williamson County, means great opportunities for those in Taylor, Hutto and eastern Williamson County.”

Boles added that he expects the projects to reduce traffic.

Ferguson talked about the moment he and his TxDOT district first heard about the highway project.

Ferguson said he initially didn’t think the transportation project would be completed on the county’s timeline because of the design and approval timelines. However, he said provincial officials already had plans in place and the green light was in place by the time he started.

“They had this idea for many, many years,” Ferguson said. “That’s the partnership I’d really like to talk about with Williamson County. We talk about partnerships and partnerships across our county and across the state, but I would say there’s probably no other that matches the quality and aggressiveness of Williamson County.

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