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June 29th, 2010
Input sought on two-way Guadalupe, North LBJ downtown


The City of San Marcos Capital Improvements Department will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 30, to discuss the feasibility study for the proposed conversion of South Guadalupe Street and North Lyndon B. Johnson Drive from one-way to two-way traffic on both streets between University Drive and Interstate 35.

Citizens and property owners within the study area are encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 3 at the San Marcos Activity Center located at 501 E Hopkins Street.

The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input regarding the proposed two-way conversions recommended in the Downtown Master Plan. Project diagrams will be on display and Austin-based Halff Associates, Inc. will present the results of their study that examined traffic flow and parking in the downtown area.

For information on the public meeting, call the City of San Marcos Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130 or email

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10 thoughts on “Input sought on two-way Guadalupe, North LBJ downtown

  1. Mr. Wheeler, I agree with saving taxpayer dollars, but they have only been one way since about 1970. It made no sense when they were turned into oneways then.

  2. I travel that route on a regular basis and it’s fine the way it is. I agree, save the tax payers money!

  3. I suspect there may be some unforeseen costs for improvements on LBJ, south of Cheatham, if that street is going to carry half the traffic currently using Guadalupe. Traffic levels have changed substantially, since 1970.

    Just something to consider.

  4. Mr. Marchut I agree completely. But the if, and it’s a big if, is with the change would LBJ be expected to handle half that load.

  5. It is hard to say what people’s driving habits will be. I suppose the city could “encourage” traffic to move over to Guadalupe, as it approaches the highway. I’m just not sure what that would look like. The opposite of the current Guadalupe –> LBJ routing, with a light at Guadalupe?

    If people aren’t going to go south on LBJ, then all we would be doing is halving the capacity of Guadalupe (or thirding it), north of Cheatham. If they are going to head south on LBJ, then we need to get them to the highway, one way or the other.

    I’m sure it can be done and it probably isn’t a huge project, but I suspect there will be more to it than just changing the color of the lane stripes and removing some one way signs.

  6. The easy answer is if you’re headed for West Hopkins from I35 you would just go straight up Guadalupe to the Square and turn left; just like before it became one way.

    I can tell you that that sign was taken our numerous times before people got used to it.

    How about the City hiring some out of town consultants?

  7. It’s the traffic headed toward IH35 that I am unsure about.

    If the capacity of Guadalupe is reduced and LBJ doesn’t work, either because of capacity, or because of the intersection at 35, or because of the school zone, or for some other reason, then who knows where people will go? Typically, that’s when we start to see people discovering “shortcuts” through neighborhoods.

    In the end, people are going to take whatever they perceive to be the fastest route.

  8. Both of these streets were two-way in 1970, when I first traveled them. You could not get out of town on Friday, using either street, because of the college traffic. There were only 10,000 students then. I am sure that to change now would be even worse. Going back to that old traffic pattern would be a step backward. There needs to be a way to go across town, in that area, but this is probably not it.

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