Hays County, Partners, Celebrate Opening of FM 1626 North; Groundbreaking for FM 1626 South Improvements
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – On November 16 Hays County officials celebrated the last of nine 2008 voter-approved pass-through road bond projects with a ribbon-cutting for the FM 1626 North (from FM 967 to Brodie Lane) improvements and the start of construction on FM 1626 South (FM 967 to FM 2770). The improvements for the south portion of the project will be similar to those to the north – a five-lane highway with a continuous center turn lane that will help safety and mobility along the heavily traveled road.
Citing the need for vision and planning to accommodate growth in the area, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones thanked Hays County taxpayers for recognizing the need to improve infrastructure by voting for both the 2008 and the 2016 road bond packages.
“I think our citizens recognize the efficient way the projects have been managed by the teams we’ve put together,” he said. “These projects have come in on time and under budget. The pass-through program was a great benefit to our county as a whole. TxDOT agreed to pay back $133 million for the projects and currently $87 million of them are completed with $112 million still to be paid back by TxDOT.” He also noted that although voters in 2008 were told to expect a five-cent raise in the tax rate, the current tax rate is the same as it was then.
His words were echoed by County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D. and TxDOT District Engineer Terry McCoy.
The crowd was treated to a performance of “God Bless America” by the Elm Grove Elementary America Singers. The 800-plus students at the school are among those who will benefit from the improved roadway.
For more on the 2008 road bond projects, visit the Transportation Projects link at www.co.hays.tx.us. Follow the progress of FM 1626 at www.Improve1626.com.
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- Ribbon-cutting for FM 1626 North road improvements: Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones holds the scissors, assisted by (right) TxDOT District Engineer Terry McCoy, P.E.
- Dirt flies as officials kick off the start of FM 1626 South improvements, which will result in a five-lane road.
- Elm Grove Elementary’s America Singers belt out “God Bless America” to an appreciative crowd.