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October 4th, 2008
Highway mayors endorse road bond

STAFF REPORT

The mayors of the three Hays County cities along Interstate-35 – San Marcos, Kyle and Buda – all announced their support for a proposed $207 road bond issue in a jointly issued letter to their constituents this week.

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Kyle Mayor Miguel Gonzalez and Buda Mayor Bobby Lane said together in the statement that the projects “are necessary for maintaining and enhancing mobility in and between our communities as well as improving the safety and quality of life for the citizens in our County.”

The county is asking voters to approve the $207 million bond issue during the Nov. 4 election. The county would receive reimbursements of up to $133 million over 20 years from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the construction and remodeling of FM 1626, IH-35 frontage through Buda and Kyle, U.S. 290 in Dripping Springs and the SH 110 loop around southeastern San Marcos.

Those projects would cost about $170 million. Kyle is making an $11 million contribution towards the IH-35 frontage improvements, while San Marcos is spending $7.6 million on the southeastern loop.

The remaining road projects around Hays County would address additional needs identified by the Hays County commissioners and their transportation advisory committee.

Hays Families for Safe Mobility, a political action group formed to promote the bonds, said the package would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $6 per month in additional property taxes.

“Consequences of increased traffic congestion include increased accidents, delays and impacts on commerce,” the three mayors said. “The bond package will address critical transportation improvement priorities.”

Download: The letter from the mayors of San Marcos, Kyle and Buda.

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5 thoughts on “Highway mayors endorse road bond

  1. What about the heavily used and completely unsafe SH Hwy 21 between Uhland and Niederwald? Once again not mentioned. Amazing, then again not surprising. Even with a new school off of SH 21 and Rhode Rd. I guess no one that votes on these issues drives SH 21 nor drives an 18 wheeler doing 80 MPH on a 1 laned no shouldered highway. I guess it is time to call in the city media again to take a good video and air it. TXDOT might as well put rubber gaurd rails on the bridge that is next to the CHURCH and CITY HALL which is next to the busy SAC n PAC and MAJOR HIGHWAY INTERSECTION.
    By the way…where is the Mayor of Uhland and Niederwald in all this? Do we have one? Why no input from either of them?

  2. Thank you…I forgot that we have had to dig for any info in regards to SH 21 in the past. Hope it passes. Dangerous highway.

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