San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 9th, 2008
Loop look

From staff reports

Yesterday’s announcement that the city-owned conference center officials have secured a university facilities conference as the first big booking returns focus to McCarty Lane. The conference center and an accompanying Embassy Suites hotel, scheduled to be opened in October, sit at McCarty Lane and the northbound Interstate 35 access road.

Under a plan approved April 29 by Hays County commissioners and the next day by San Marcos city council members, 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 for the road.

The city portion of the road will be built to specifications that, pending federal environmental clearance, will comprise a leg of Farm-to-Market Road 110, the San Marcos loop. In exchange, county leaders agreed to include about $18 million for the second segment of FM 110 as part of a bond proposal going to county voters in November. Minus a $15.8 million reimbursement from the Texas Department of Transportation, the county’s contribution on that portion would be about $2.2 million.

Assistant city manager Laurie Anderson said officials hope to build the first 1,000 feet as quickly as possible although it remains to be seen whether the work can be completed by the hotel and conference center’s opening in October.

A look at plans for the first two phases of the San Marcos loop:

SOURCE: City of San Marcos, Texas Department of Transportation

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