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December 7th, 2009
TxDOT to hold FM 1626 hearing Tuesday

STAFF REPORT

Residents of the Buda area who tackle FM 1626 every day on the way to and from work in Austin will get their chance to tell the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) about their concerns Tuesday night.

TxDOT is conducting an environmental hearing as part of the planning process for improvements to FM 1626 from FM 967 to Bliss Spillar Road. The road is being widened to four lanes with a center turn lane after Hays County voters passed a $207 million road bond package in November 2008.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Elm Grove Elementary School just south of FM 967 on FM 1626. Following the 6 p.m. open house, TxDOT will give a presentation.

Supporters of the road improvements are asking for area residents to be at the meeting for at least a few minutes around 6:30 p.m. After the TxDOT presentation, Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton (D-Kyle) will ask TxDOT officials to expedite the project and adopt design recommendations from neighborhood workshops. Then, Barton will ask supporters to stand.

The project also includes landscaping, bridge improvements and water quality protections.

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0 thoughts on “TxDOT to hold FM 1626 hearing Tuesday

  1. Whose meeting was this really, Barton’s or TxDot’s?

    ” After the TxDOT presentation, Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton will ask TxDOT officials to expedite the project and adopt design recommendations from neighborhood workshops. Then, Barton will ask supporters to stand.”

    Why did TxDot allow such an orchestrated takeover of this meeting by a county official?

    How does this help with mobility into Austin if this road expansion only gets you as far as the County Line?

    What will all those cars do once the road turns back into 2 lanes?

    Unless this roadway improvement is part of a comprehensive regional plan to improve the commute from Hays County to jobs and shopping in Austin, this is a complete waste of alot of money (36 million dollars)better spent on other forms of transit.

    Better yet, how about our leaders spend their time and talent creating ways to improve Buda so that so many people do not feel compelled to drive into Austin to work, play or shop.

    New roads fill up fast, haven’t you ever noticed?

  2. Guess you don’t drive that road very often. People have died on FM 1626 – every year. I think that takes precedence over mere traffic jams. But there will be improvements made to IH- 35 as well.

    Hope you found the time to show up and make your opinion heard at the public hearing!

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