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The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting open houses next week in San Marcos and Buda on a proposed plan for easing congestion on Interstate 35 in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

A draft version of the I-35 Capital Area Improvement Program recommends concepts that include major redesign of overpasses and interchanges; continuous bicycle and pedestrian connections along access roads; and the addition of new north- and southbound lanes — possibly reserved for high-occupancy vehicles or pass-through traffic — between Texas 45 in Georgetown and Texas 45 SE north of Buda.

In Hays County, the initiative includes some capital improvements that are already completed such as the realignment of FM 150 in Kyle and some that have just begun construction such as reconstruction of interchanges at Texas 80 and Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos. The plan also calls for a new overpass at Yarrington Road on the boundary between San Marcos and Kyle.

In addition to physical upgrades, the draft plan endorses more progressive transportation demand management and incident response with concepts that include encouraging carpooling and telecommuting and comprehensive use of electronic signs to alert drivers when they are approaching backed-up traffic caused by accidents or special events.

The come-and-go open houses will be held next week at two times and locations:

Tuesday, March 25

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hays High School cafeteria,
4800 Jack C. Hays Trail in Buda | Map

Thursday, March 27

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
San Marcos Activity Center,
501 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos | Map

An overview of the plan can be browsed at the program’s website here, mobility35.org, where a “virtual open house” is available for people who cannot attend one of the events.

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