An old building on Hutchison Street is undergoing renovations to accommodate Shy Inc.’s Louie’s Beer Garden and Seafood Shack, a Cajun restaurant. Black’s Barbecue has also announced plans to open a location in San Marcos and a company called Austin Street Tavern LLC has taken initial steps to build a brewery and upscale restaurant on a blighted stretch of S. LBJ Drive. MERCURY PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS
by BRAD ROLLINS
After decades of discussion that have yielded less than two miles of roadway so far, key Hays County officials think they may have identified a way to fund the entire length of an eastern loop around San Marcos.
Last week — almost exactly four years after county voters approved the first segment of FM 110 as part of a road bond package — dignitaries ceremonially broke ground on a second mile of the roadway, designated FM 110. The first mile of hardtop was opened in 2010 when the city of San Marcos completed its reconstruction of East McCarty Lane, transforming a mile of narrow, rutted country road into a four-lane divided parkway with a meandering 10-foot bike and pedestrian sidewalk running alongside it.
When the county’s portion is completed, the first phase of the loop will be in place, connecting Interstate 35 to Texas 123, including an interchange at Texas 123 and an intersection with Old Bastrop Highway.
But two miles does not make a loop and, at the rate of two miles every 30 years, it would take nearly 170 years to build the remaining 11.2 miles.
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