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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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5 thoughts on “Conley, Ingalsbe see hope for San Marcos loop funding [PRO]

  1. Forgive my ignorance of this issue, but have we really reached the point where one mile of road costs about 10 million dollars?

  2. It does include interchanges or overpasses at the highways it crosses and a major bridge over the San Marcos River. I don’t know if it’s a lot per mile or not but it does include more than dirt work, road base and asphalt.

  3. I live on 80 just inside the Martindale town limits. It can be a real bear just to get out on 80 most of the time and very dicey trying to turn left to get back in because people speed and don’t see that you are pumping your brakes and have had your turn signal on for a half mile in the left lane.

    Rarely do we have a week go by that there isn’t an accident in the stretch from the 21/80 bridge to Martindale. Anything that reroutes traffic from trying to do 70MPH and drive like idiots because of the “OMG, San Marcos might roll up the streets before I get there!” mentality is a welcome prospect.

    I just hope it gets done before I go completely senile 🙂

  4. Well said Becky. The danger to Martindale residents on Highway 80 is increasing but I’m not sure how the ‘Loop’ will help that too much. TxDot knows what they can do in Martindale to fix that issue. They already have an approved change to the highway which has been laying dormant due to funding problems. Hopefully they will find the money and make our portion of Highway 80 a more safe environment for those Martindale residents that put their lives in harms way everyday getting on and off the Highway 80 ‘no fear’ zone. The loop being built, however, should be a huge improvement to the Highway 80/I-35 interchange. That is LONG overdue.

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