A school bus rumbles down McCarty Lane from the San Marcos High School which sits at one end of the narrow country road. Plans for widening the road may have finally gained traction with the county commissioners’ court agree to a shared financing agreement with the city of San Marcos. MERCURY PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS.
by BRAD ROLLINS
McCarty Lane — the narrow, rutted main approach to the new high school opened 8 months now — will be widened to four- and five- lanes within 21 months with a deal reached today between Hays County and city of San Marcos leaders.
Under an agreement hashed out over nearly a year by Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and Mayor Susan Narvaiz, the city will assume the estimated $10 million reconstruction cost of widening a 1.1-mile stretch of McCarty Lane east of Interstate 35. The county will expand to four lanes the remainder of McCarty Lane from the Old Bastrop Highway to the city portion of the road, a project already out for construction bids. In addition, the county will transfer to the city a $2 million federal appropriation secured in 2005 by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose district at the time included San Marcos.
“We’ve made great progress and I commend the council’s leadership in putting forth a partnership that would have been hard for the commissioners to turn down. At the end of the day, I think we did what we should have done and did what I believe the citizens expected us to do,” Narvaiz said.
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