Hays County Moves Forward with Two Roadway Improvement Projects
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court moved forward two transportation safety and mobility projects at its May 20 meeting.
The Court passed a resolution approving the County’s inter-local agreement with the City of San Marcos that will allow funding the development of FM 110 through the City of San Marcos’ Transportation Reinvestment Zone (TRZ) No. 1. Following a public hearing last September, the County and City agreed to fund the building of FM 110 from State Highway 123 to I-35 at Yarrington Road by partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
The TRZ will use incremental increases in property tax revenue collected inside the zone (some 29 square miles) to repay TxDOT for approximately $48 million in upfront construction costs along the two-mile FM 110 extension. The TRZ would have no direct impact on ad valorem tax rates on property located within it.
In separate action the Commissioners Court also authorized the County Judge to execute a professional services agreement with K Friese & Associates, Inc., an engineering consulting firm, to begin the process of planning a route between northwestern Hays County and I-35 that will follow FM 150 between Dripping Springs and Kyle. The company will begin contacting property owners along the proposed route and other stakeholders to gain insight into the best route and to explain the right-of-way process. While the roadway construction is not yet funded, the County wants to begin acquiring right-of-way in concert with its countywide transportation plan to address future needs.