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Improvements to the traffic flow and drainage at the busy Hopkins and Thorpe Lane intersection will get underway on Monday, July 2 in San Marcos.

Starting at the intersection with Charles Austin Drive, the project will reconstruct Hopkins to Long Street and Thorpe Lane from Hopkins to Springtown Way.

In addition, new traffic signals and additional lanes will be installed on one of the major arteries into downtown San Marcos. Hopkins Street is part of Texas 80 and connects to Interstate 35.

Eastbound Hopkins will increase to four lanes with two dedicated left turn lanes to Thorpe Lane. Westbound Hopkins will gain a dedicated right turn lane to Thorpe. Southbound Thorpe will have two dedicated left turn lanes and one dedicated right turn onto Hopkins.

Other improvements will include raised medians, sidewalks on Hopkins and Thorpe Lane, new waterlines and curb and gutter with storm drains.

  • Phase 1 will include the installation of a water line on Thorpe Lane from Springtown to Hopkins, and roadwork including widening and installation of curb and gutter on the south side of Hopkins Street.  Motorists can expect lane closures on Thorpe Lane during this phase; however two-way traffic will remain on both streets.
  • Phase 2 is expected to begin in late summer and includes roadwork on the north side of Hopkins and on Thorpe.  Roadwork will include widening, installation of curb and gutter, drainage improvements and installation of sidewalks.  Additionally, an asphalt overlay will be constructed on Thorpe Lane. Again, lane closures are necessary, however all roads will be open to traffic.
  • Phase 3 is expected to start mid-December and includes the addition of medians and asphalt overlay on Hopkins Street.

Capital Excavation Company was awarded the $1.7 million contract by San Marcos City Council on May 15. Construction is expected to take about eight months.

The Engineering and Capital Improvements Department held a public meeting on the project on May 31 for adjacent businesses and interested citizens. For information, call the City of San Marcos Engineering/Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130 or visit online at

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