Commissioners Court Unveils Preliminary Road Project List
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – As Hays County and its partners finish up the road projects approved by voters in 2008, the Court unveiled Tuesday its first look at projects deemed vital in the coming years to accommodate the growing population with safer roads that promote mobility throughout the county. The list is preliminary and talks will continue to add, delete and finalize the list before asking voters to approve road bond funds.
“Our goal is to be ready to partner with federal, state and local entities and take advantage of outside funding to accomplish what we identify as critical road projects throughout our county,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones said. “Being ready to start with shovel-ready projects when other money becomes available – and we know it will -- is one of the ways we leveraged the 2008 road bonds to fund more roadways than the bonds alone could pay for.” He noted that he is already discussing partnerships and funding with TxDOT, a long-time partner of Hays County when it comes to getting the most out of road project dollars.
“TxDOT has very limited funds, and we want to make sure we are ready to work with them when our share of road dollars is available,” Jones said.
The preliminary project list includes intersection improvements, right-of-way acquisition for anticipated future needs before land prices rise, drainage and low-water crossing improvements, hike-and-bike trails and expanding existing roads to complete access points and add lanes. Creating a “bucket” of money for future habitat and aquifer protection is also on the list.
One example of preliminary projects under consideration in each precinct includes (Precinct 1) making safety improvements on FM 621 intersections at River Hills and Crystal River; (Precinct 2) adding safety improvements and three lanes to Hillside Terrace from I-35 to FM 2001; (Precinct 3) adding safety improvements including turn lanes on RM 3237 between FM 150 and RR 12; and (Precinct 4) improving four intersections on U.S. 290 West from McGregor Lane to the county line. Here’s a complete look at the preliminary list under consideration (a total of 20 projects with an initial estimated $352.6 million price tag). The video of the presentation to the Court, with commentary, is here.