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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Less than a month after catastrophe was narrowly averted when a school bus was rear-ended by a utility truck, state officials say they are moving quickly to make safety improvements to Texas 21 on San Marcos’ eastern outskirts.

Measures announced on Friday by Texas Department of Transportation’s Austin district spokesperson include:

  • Installing three flashing beacons to warn drivers of school bus loading and unloading, two for westbound traffic and one for eastbound traffic.
  • Reducing the speed limit in 5 mph increments — from 65 mph to 60 mph to 55 mph — as westbound traffic approaches Harris Hill Road.
  • Adding a continuous left-turn lane to a ¾-mile stretch of the highway between Bogie Lane and Harris Hill Road, reconfiguring the road from four to five lanes.

The flashing beacons will be installed this spring with the other projects scheduled for completion by August.

On March 2, a San Marcos CISD bus carrying 11 elementary school children was struck from behind by a commercial vehicle in the 3100 block of Texas 21 near Reynaldo Way. Ten of the children, driver Barak Fletcher and monitor Julian Rodriguez were taken to Central Texas Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released the same day.

For more information about TxDOT’s plans for Texas 21, check the San Marcos Mercury for updates on Monday, March 30.

COVER: PHOTO by GEOFFERY KEHRIG

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