Two Hays County Commissioners Receive Awards for Dedication to Building State Highway 45 Southwest; Construction Set to begin November 8
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Two Hays County officials received awards and others in Hays and Travis counties were publicly thanked at a construction kick-off event that highlighted the perseverance and dedication it has taken to ensure State Highway 45 Southwest is built. Construction is planned to begin November 8.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones and Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley were presented with plaques at the family-friendly celebration Sunday in Manchaca sponsored by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and signs at the entrance to the event thanked them as well as County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., for their support. Hays County has pledged a $5 million contribution toward road construction costs of approximately $80 million.
First approved by Travis County voters in 1997 but delayed by opposition from environmentalists, the roadway will relieve traffic congestion along Brodie and Slaughter Lanes in Austin while allowing travelers to and from FM 1626 in Hays County direct access to Loop 1 (MoPac) in southwest Austin. New environmental design and engineering features will make runoff along the road cleaner than what naturally occurs now, according to design engineers.
Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, who has also championed the road, thanked the public, especially those who live along and near Brodie Lane, for their support of the project.
Much of the roadway will run through Austin water quality protection land which precludes any development along what will now be built as a 4-lane toll road, since road construction funding at the state level has dwindled since the road was first approved. There will also be an ADA-compliant shared-use path alongside the road that will become part of the future Violet Crown Trail. For more information, visit www.sh45sw.com.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (left) and Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones received plaques thanking them for their and Hays County’s support of State Highway 45 Southwest and for their “tireless efforts to improve mobility and safety for our community.” The clocks on plaques reflect the “long hard road” taken to get to the SH 45SW construction point as well as the “time to build” official Sunday kick-off.