FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting two public briefings this week on a plan to ease congestion on Interstate 35, one in Buda tonight and one in San Marcos on Thursday.
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. The Hays County portion of the study covers a 23.7-mile segment of the highway from the Texas 45 Southeast toll road just across the Travis County line to Posey Road near the Comal County line.
In Hays County, the initiative includes some capital improvements that are already completed such as the realignment of FM 150 in Kyle and the construction of an interchange at Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos. A second continuous-flow intersection is under construction now at Texas 80 and the interstate as is 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.
An overview of the plan can be browsed at the program’s website here, where a “virtual open house” is available through Oct. 13 for people who cannot attend one of the events.
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