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Hays County, TxDOT strike $123 million roads deal [PRO]

by BRAD ROLLINS

State and county officials have negotiated an agreement to share the cost of $123 million in new and expanded highways, including an eastern loop around San Marcos.

The informal deal struck between Texas Department of Transportation executive director Phil Wilson and Hays County Commissioners Will Conley and Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe would commit the county to applying $35 million toward the roadways in unused debt capacity approved by voters nearly five years ago. In exchange, TxDOT would essentially loan the county $48 million to build FM 110 and spend an additional $40 million to construct five projects in and around the Interstate 35 corridor cities of San Marcos, Kyle and Buda.

A gleam in the eye of property owners and planners for at least three decades, the 13¼-mile loop would start at Yarrington Road in northern San Marcos, sweeping eastward around the city’s edge before rejoining Interstate 35 at McCarty Lane where two miles of the loop have already been built or are under construction now.

Other highway projects encompassed in the agreement include:

The terms are outlined in a Dec. 10 letter obtained by the San Marcos Mercury from Ingalsbe and Conley to Wilson. When the Hays County Commissioners Court votes Tuesday on a resolution formally asking the Texas Transportation Commission for approval, Conley and Ingalsbe need only one other vote on the five-member court to secure the deal on this end; passage, therefore, seems likely. Local officials say they think Wilson has committed TxDOT to upholding its end of the bargain, although it is far from papered up.

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3 Comments To "Hays County, TxDOT strike $123 million roads deal [PRO]"

#1 Comment By Bobby Brown On 02/11/2013 @ 2:45 pm

Fact; TX has the deadliest roads in America
Fact; For 2011 ( and past years ) Austin has the 4th worst traffic in America ( #1 LA, #2 Washington DC , #3 Honolulu [millions of people compared to thousands on Austin roads])
TX should use the money to; Time the lights are their highways, yes they have stop lights on their highways.
Improve signage.
Remove access roads and widen highways/freeways.
Stop all left hand turns on highways, I have seen more traffic accidents in the last 3 years in Austin , then in 30 years , driving in numerous other states.
This should be the first step; ******Fire ALL top officials at TxDOT , than convene a special group to travel to San Diego to see how they have the best highways in America. Dont try to re-invent the wheel.
Spending money on “Adding shoulders to Ranch Road 12 between San Marcos and FM 32” is absolutely ridiculous, seeing what we need to improve our roads. It is 2013 , Austin is still living in the 70s.

#2 Comment By Ron Kulik On 02/11/2013 @ 4:11 pm

Nothing Hays county can do to fix Austin’s road problems. Austin should have done that back in the early 80’s…

#3 Comment By cole On 02/16/2013 @ 3:46 pm

i concur, austin traffic is the worst. i noticed the flyover that they have recently finished in south austin for those going west to ih 35 to continue south, is absolutely at a standstill. this is an improvement of not having a flyover???. at least you could get on the highway via the feeder and entrance rams. the benwhite,ih35 flyover is a disgrace to txdot and those who have to use it.