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December 13th, 2010
McCarty Lane dedication ceremony slated for Friday

The 10-foot wide curved bike and pedestrain sidewalk on the north side of McCarty Lane is one of the unique project design features by engineer Mike Sexton of KBR, Inc. PHOTO BY JAMES PERRY

STAFF REPORTS

The City of San Marcos will dedicate McCarty Lane at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17 in a  public ceremony and open the expanded roadway to traffic in the afternoon.

Crews work to complete paving, striping, and landscaping on McCarty Lane in preparation for the Dec. 17 opening date. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS

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 Interstate 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,” Mayor Daniel 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 new and improved McCarty Lane also includes raised medians, wide shoulders, landscaping, curbs and gutter and replaces an aging two-lane road with a low water crossing, no illumination and deteriorating pavement. Intersections for future capital improvement, Hays County and Texas Department of Transportation projects were also included to maximize project resources.

The intersection for the future Leah Avenue extension is located west of the bridge, the connection for the future SH 21 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 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 for street construction. Texas Sterling Construction Company of Austin was the project contractor, with KBR Services, Inc. of Austin serving as design engineer and HDR Engineering, Inc. of Austin providing project management. The project was coordinated through the City of San Marcos Capital Improvements Department. The roadway, built to meet TxDOT design standards, will open to traffic following the ribbon cutting event.

For more information on this project, please call the capital improvements department at 512-393-8130 or e-mail cip@sanmarcostx.gov.

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