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September 30th, 2010
McCarty Lane on schedule to open in mid-November

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Construction of East McCarty Lane is progressing on schedule, with the roadway set to open on Saturday, Nov. 13, weather permitting.

“The city of San Marcos undertook the reconstruction project to address safety issues and capacity needs for the major thoroughfare to San Marcos High School,” said Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer.

The city committed $11 million to the current McCarty Lane improvements including construction, design, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and environmental studies with the majority funded through the issuance of $7.6 million in Certificates of Obligation. Hays County provided $2.3 million in funding for street construction.

While the expedited city-built portion is being paid with local funds, Hays County will be eligible to receive reimbursement for the next phase of the FM 110 project through a pass-through finance agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Motorists traveling east of Interstate 35 on McCarty Lane after completion will drive on a four-lane divided roadway with raised medians, wide shoulders, curbs and gutter, illumination, a 330 foot bridge over Cottonwood Creek, landscaping and a bike and pedestrian sidewalk. The new urban street replaces an aging two-lane road with a low water crossing, no illumination and deteriorating pavement.

After the new High School opened in fall 2007, traffic increased significantly on McCarty and flooding across the roadway was a major problem. To address these critical issues, the city of San Marcos signed an interlocal agreement with Hays County to design and construct approximately one mile of McCarty from east of the San Marcos Conference Center to Old Bastrop Highway.

Other completed McCarty Lane improvement projects include the city’s Phase 1 reconstruction from Interstate 35 east past the City of San Marcos Conference Center in fall 2008 to handle increased traffic from the new conference facility and hotel. This was followed by Hays County completing a one mile Phase 2 reconstruction project from San Marcos High School to west of Old Bastrop Highway in Spring 2009.

All three phases of McCarty Lane improvements from I-35 east to San Marcos High School are located within the proposed FM 110 corridor that would connect I-35 to State Highway 123.

Texas Sterling Construction Company of Austin began work on McCarty on April 26, 2010, with KBR, Inc. serving as project engineer and HDR, Inc. providing project management. The roadway is being built to meet TxDOT standards for pavement, bridge, drainage and other design features.

Until the mid-November opening, McCarty Lane will remain closed to through traffic with detours on Centerpoint Road and Clovis Barker Road.

For more information on this project, call the City of San Marcos Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130 or visit the website at www.sanmarcostx.gov

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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One thought on “McCarty Lane on schedule to open in mid-November

  1. Anyone else see the conflicting statements designed to mislead taxpayers?

    “The city of San Marcos undertook the reconstruction project to address safety issues and capacity needs for the major thoroughfare to San Marcos High School,” said Interim City Manager Laurie Moyer.

    “the city’s Phase 1 reconstruction from Interstate 35 east past the City of San Marcos Conference Center in fall 2008 to handle increased traffic from the new conference facility and hotel.” [Which is it? The conference facility and hotel are located right at I-35. The high school is located at SH123. Are we to believe hotel traffic is going to the high school?]

    “All three phases of McCarty Lane improvements from I-35 east to San Marcos High School are located within the proposed FM 110 corridor that would connect I-35 to State Highway 123.” [Who needs a connection from I-35 to SH 123 at McCarty Lane? Answer:developers.]

    “Hays County provided $2.3 million in funding for street construction.” [To replace the federal earmark road bond voters were told was part of the deal. It isn’t because the City’s portion doesn’t meet federal standards so the County substituted local property taxes for the federal earmark.]

    “While the expedited city-built portion is being paid with local funds,” [What happened to the $1.9 million federal earmark?]

    “Hays County will be eligible to receive reimbursement for the next phase of the FM 110 project through a pass-through finance agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.” [Not on any of this construction—just the portion from McCarty Lane to SH123 where FM110 dead ends.]

    “KBR, Inc. serving as project engineer and HDR, Inc. providing project management.” [Election campaign contributions payback.]

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