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June 10th, 2009
Barton announces county CAMPO funding

STAFF REPORT

Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) announced several county projects that have received funding through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

Buda will get an overpass to help divert traffic away from downtown, Kyle will get funding for street striping and San Marcos will receive money for safety turn lanes west of town on Ranch Road 12.

The funding was awarded June 8. Hays County won slightly more than $9 million in road improvements to be paid through federal stimulus funding, about one-third of the total funds that awarded across the three-county Austin metropolitan region, which also includes Travis and Williamson Counties.

“We have about 10 percent of the population but won close to 30 percent of the funding,” Barton said. “It’s a tribute to the fair-minded regional perspective that Travis and Williamson County leaders brought to the table – and to a little old-fashioned hard work and persuasion on our part.”

Barton praised the partnership effort that helped win the project awards for Hays County, especially the “Cement Plant Overpass,” which will connect Robert S. Light Boulevard and Hillside Terrace across Interstate-35 in the Buda area.

Barton said the bridge will benefit both Buda and Kyle by diverting heavy traffic away from mile marker 217 “Home Depot” bridge and intersection in Kyle. He said the bridge will help relieve air pollution and save money for local industries, while facilitating the county’s efforts to transition the frontage roads to one-way.

The CAMPO board has 20 members, comprised of a variety of state, county and local officials from Central Texas. Hays County has three votes. San Marcos gets a seat by virtue of its population. The Hays County Commissioners Court appoints one representative from another city in the county and the Court appoints one of its own members.

Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley), San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Kyle Mayor Miguel Gonzalez serve on the CAMPO board as Hays County representatives. Barton, a past CAMPO vice president, serves as an alternate.

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