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December 13th, 2010
City to open McCarty Lane Friday

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A curvy sidewalk along the newly rebuilt McCarty Lane.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos city officials will dedicate improvements to McCarty Lane Friday at 10 a.m., after which the expanded roadway will be open to traffic.

San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, city councilmembers and Hays County officials will participate in the ceremony to dedicate the four-lane urban roadway, the major thoroughfare to San Marcos High School.

Those attending the opening are advised to access McCarty Lane from the Interstate-35 frontage road east of the interstate. Parking will be available on the new roadway with San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officers directing traffic.

The one-mile McCarty Lane widening and reconstruction project east of the San Marcos Conference Center toward Old Bastrop Highway began in April 2010 to provide safer mobility from I-35 to San Marcos High School and surrounding areas.

“We are excited to open this important roadway that improves travel to the high school for students, parents, citizens and visitors,” Guerrero said. “Walkers and bikers will enjoy the curved sidewalk, with the street lights and 330-foot Cottonwood Creek Bridge providing much needed enhancements for motorists.”

The improvements include raised medians, wide shoulders, landscaping, curbs and gutter, replacing an aging two-lane road with a low water crossing, no illumination and deteriorating pavement.

To maximize project resources, the city also included among the improvements intersections for future capital improvements. The intersection for the future Leah Avenue extension is located west of the bridge, the connection for the future RR 12 project is east of the bridge and the future FM 110 intersection lies at the east end of the roadway.

The city committed $11 million for the McCarty Lane improvements. The majority was funded through the issuance of $7.6 million in certificates of obligation. Hays County provided $2.3 million for street construction.

Texas Sterling Construction Company of Austin was the project contractor, with KBR Services of Austin serving as design engineer and HDR Engineering of Austin providing project management.

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The construction zone along McCarty Lane will become an open roadway Friday.

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  1. Just wondering about the street lights and sidewalk – why so much of both for the section nearest IH35? Also, do the lights and sidewalk extend all the way to the high school? It doesn’t look like it.

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