The Hays County Commissioner’s Court has approved the 2008 Road Bond Proposition, pending a final overview from Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford. The $207,110,000 bond will cover Pass-Through financing as well as priority road projects. According to a powerpoint presented to the Commissioner’s Court the bond will provide for safe and mobility road improvements. The funds will address specific issues, “$148 million for Pass-Through Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT),” according to the presentation. “$59 million for other County-priority projects.” The presentation stated that “up to $133 million to be reimbursed by TxDOT.” The bond includes localized safety improvements as well as roadway studies and limited right-of-way preservation to allow comprehensive long-term solutions in the future.The TxDOT Pass-Through projects are, FM 1626 (Segment A – FM 967 to FM 2770 and Segment B – Bliss Spillar Rd to FM 967); FM 110 – IH 35 to future McCarty Rd (phase 1 – IH 35 to future McCarty Rd and Phase 2 – future McCarty Rd to SH 123); US 290 – Nutty Brown Rd to Trautwein Rd; and IH – 35 (phase 1 – IH 35 between Kyle Crossing to Kyle Parkway/ FM 1626 (bridge reconstruction, ramps, frontage roads), phase 2A – FM 150 realignment, phase 2B – IH 35/ FM 150 to FM 1626 (ramps, southbound frontage roads); and frontage road connector for FM 2001.
The project selection process stated a call for safety and mobility projects issued by Hays County. Municipal, precinct, and school district sponsors submitted 42 projects for consideration. The Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) of Hays County residents appointed to develop a recommended list of priority projects. In doing so, BAC gathered information from public input in a series of public involvement meetings; and used the public input and technical information to prioritize projects. The evaluation criteria included to improve operational safety, infrastructure safety and mobility (auto and pedestrian/bike), it also addressed and identified capacity problems. It also pushed to protect the environment, support community economic objectives, preserve community character and quality of life, and to make the community bike and pedestrian friendly.
The County priority projects are, US 290 (Ranch Road 12 to McGregor) – provide continuous center turn lane, improved shoulders; Ranch Road 12/ Sports Park Drive – add left turn lane; RM 1826 – selected intersection and left turn lane safety improvements; FM 2325 (Fischer Store Rd to Carney Ln) – safety and intersection improvements; Ranch Road 12/ Old Kyle Rd – mobility and safety improvements for the Wimberley Business District; Ranch Road 12/ RR 32 – safety improvements to Wimberely Junction; Ranch Road 12 Parkway Development – environmental analysis and right-of-way (ROW) preservation; Ranch Road 12/ Hugo Rd – intersection improvement and turn lane; Ranch Road 12/ Sink Creeck – improvements to low water crossing; Ranch Road 12/ Wonder World Dr – add additional turn lanes to proposed intersection; Old Bastrop Highway (Center Point Rd to Francis Harris Ln) – add shoulders and widen existing lanes; State Highway 21 – selected intersection and safety improvements; Dacy Lane (Bebee to Windy Hill) – engineering and ROW preservation; Lime Kiln Rd/ Sink Creeck – feasibility studies and environmental analysis; Post Rd (San Marcos city limit to Yarrington rail road overpass) – engineering and design studies; Lakewood Dr/ FM 1626 – improve low-water crossing and intersection approach; and FM 967 (at Ruby Ranch Rd) – safety improvements (contingent upon funding).
The estimated tax impact is $0.0415. The monthly homeowner impact is estimated at $3.46 on $100,000, $5.19 on $150,000, and $6.92 on $200,000. Hays County registered voters are scheduled to be mailed a brochure of the 2008 Road Bond Proposition in October. The proposition will be on the November 4 election ballot and on the early voting ballots scheduled for October 20 through 31.
By ANDY SEVILLA